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Vol. LXII, No. 9
April 30, 2010
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Annual Premiere Night Draws Almost 8,000

A circus clown leads a conga line through the Verizon Center with children from Special Love/Camp Fantastic.
Above, a circus clown leads a conga line through the Verizon Center with children from Special Love/Camp Fantastic. At left below, Brandon “Dooby” Foster (l) and a fellow jokester entertain Clinical Center outpatient Danielle Harriott. At right, Juan Quiroz (back row) and other performers enjoy the festivities with camper Brian Downie (second from r) and soon-to-be step-siblings, Chad and Brooke.
Brandon “Dooby” Foster (l) and a fellow jokester entertain Clinical Center outpatient Danielle Harriott. Juan Quiroz (back row) and other performers enjoy the festivities with camper Brian Downie (second from r) and soon-to-be step-siblings, Chad and Brooke.
At the Clinical Center, Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns (from l) Julio Ramazini, Foster and Dustin “Teapot” Portillo celebrate with Vienna Mariela Martinez Fuentes on her birthday.
At the Clinical Center, Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns (from l) Julio Ramazini, Foster and Dustin “Teapot” Portillo celebrate with Vienna Mariela Martinez Fuentes on her birthday.

Nearly 8,000 people attended the 13th annual Children’s Premiere Night with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus hosted by the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association on Mar. 17.

More than 2,700 of the 8,000 came as guests from non-profits such as Bethesda Cares, Washington Area Boys & Girls Clubs, Wells Robertson House in Gaithersburg, the Children’s Inn at NIH, Special Love Inc., Easter Seals, Children’s Hospital, Stella J Life Skills & Group Instruction and Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants & Young Children.

In addition, “We were able to treat an additional 800 to [the following night’s] show for Boys and Girls Clubs,” said Randy Schools, R&W president. Proceeds from premiere night benefit NIH’s children’s charities.

Several performers also paid a visit to the Clinical Center, bringing their circus antics—
and smiles and laughter—to patients and staff alike.
Dooby tries to impress a young patron with a plate-balancing trick.

Dooby tries to impress a young patron with a plate-balancing trick.

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