Night at Circus Draws Happy Crowd
The 16th annual Children’s Premiere Night with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Mar. 20 drew the event’s largest crowd in the past 10 years, according to R&W President Randy Schools, whose organization sponsors the occasion.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years of entertaining children and families on our special NIH R&W Night at the circus,” he said. “We had a successful fundraising night for the NIH charities and we treated over 2,500 children and families to a night of fun.”
Among the guests were NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and his wife Diane Baker and NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher and his wife Brigid. The children came from a variety of programs in the community such as family shelters, Children’s National Medical Center, at-risk youth in the local YMCA, Georgetown and Howard University Hospitals, county school programs and more.
“In addition to providing a wonderful night of entertainment for community families, we also sent many families from our NIH charities—Special Love, the Children’s Inn and Friends of the Clinical Center—to the show,” said Schools. “Thank you on behalf of the charities to all who support the NIH R&W Night at the circus. We hope you will join us for this special evening again next year.”
Surrounded by performers from the Greatest Show on Earth are Children’s Inn guests Alexis Lato (l) and her mother Elise Lato. Almost 9,000 people attended Children’s Premiere Night on Mar. 20.
At left, a circus clown visits Benjamin Milling in the inpatient playroom at the Clinical Research Center. At right, schmoozing with the circus cast are (from l) Michella Coleman, Tyree Terry, Darnell Coleman and Tony Terry of the CRC’s 1NW staff.
Photos: Ernie Branson, Michael Spencer