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Vol. LXVII, No. 9
April 24, 2015
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Circus Entertains Guests at NIH, Verizon Center
Photos: Michael Spencer

On Mar. 18, children of all ages were treated to another Premiere Night put on by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Thanks to those who purchased tickets to the show, NIH’s Recreation & Welfare Association was able to treat more than 2,500 children and families to a night of fun.

The children come from a variety of programs in the community including family shelters, Operation Second Chance, Children’s National Medical Center, at-risk youth in the local YMCA, Interfaith Works, Georgetown and Howard University hospitals, Bethesda Cares, Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Inc., county school programs and more.

In addition to providing a night of entertainment for community families, R&W also sent many families from the NIH Charities—Special Love, the Children’s Inn and Friends of Patients at the NIH—to the show.

As has become an annual tradition, the circus also sent clowns to the Clinical Center, to entertain children enrolled in pediatric protocols.

Gabriella Cortes learns to spin a plate on her finger with the help of clowns from Ringling Bros.
Above, Gabriella Cortes learns to spin a plate on her finger with the help of clowns from Ringling Bros. Below, at left, the Becraft sisters (from l, Sophia, Isabelle and Emilie) share hugs with performers at the pizza party before the circus. At right, Special Love’s Dave Smith (kneeling) with youngsters (from l) Andrew, Bryson and Willie are circus-ready with their clown noses.
The Becraft sisters (from l, Sophia, Isabelle and Emilie) share hugs with performers at the pizza party before the circus. Special Love’s Dave Smith (kneeling) with youngsters (from l) Andrew, Bryson and Willie are circus-ready with their clown noses.
Ziiyad (r) hangs out with DJ Weiss when the clowns came to visit patients at NIH. A guest enjoys the ultimate selfie at the pizza party.
At left above, Ziiyad (r) hangs out with DJ Weiss when the clowns came to visit patients at NIH. At right, a guest enjoys the ultimate selfie at the pizza party.

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