In mid-January, four Caring Clowns International clowns supported Komedyplast for the 15th consecutive year in their medical mission to Peru performing complex craniofacial reconstructive surgeries free for poor children.
This year, Duffy, Flora, Flossy, and Sparkles participated. The medical team performed 12 surgeries. Since completion of the trip, the team’s Peruvian medical counterparts reported that all patients are doing well.
As a memento for this historic trip, team members and key supporters were given memorial paperweight gifts celebrating the 15th year of these missions.
During this ten day trip, the clowns entertained kids and their families on Screening Day, when the doctors reviewed potential surgery cases to perform, then in pre-op and post-op with Komedyplast patients, and clowning in the hospital court yard and in every ward of the 300 bed hospital. We were also delighted to have Peruvian clown “Laly” join us for the second year.
In addition to all this frivolity for the clowns, the staff of the Casa Andina Hotel where the visiting group has stayed for the past 5 years, honored the clowns with a framed “Thank You” plaque.
We look forward to many more years in our partnership with Komedyplast and these trips changing the lives of kids.
A Different Approach
Our 2019 Non-Auction Fund Raiser
We are experimenting with a different approach to fund raising this year.
Because of the increasing expense of dinner-auctions, we have decided to have a “Non-Auction” fund raiser event this year. We still need your help!!
Now in our 17th year, with your help, we have given over $407,200 to 47 nonprofits helping children in need here at home and in developing countries. This year, we have given $18,500 to 6 marvelous organizations. These include:
Arlington Kids’ Kloset, Snohomish, WA – Providing clothing essentials to children of low-income families
Washington Kids in Transition, Edmonds, WA -funding food for homeless students on the long bus rides home
Scarlet Road, Bremerton, WA -Educating students on sexual exploitation and connecting them with help
Camp Mariposa, Everett/Seattle, WA – Free addiction prevention and mentoring weekend camps for children ages 9-12 impacted by substance abuse in their families
Komedyplast, Lima, Peru – Providing poor children free life changing craniofacial surgeries
Hope for Girls, Dominican Republic – Assisting girls extradited from the sex trade with a safe living place, counseling and education
… and we are continuing to find and consider more worthwhile organizations.
We are limited in the grants we can give by how much we raise each year. Funds come from personal donations, clowning, and from our previous dinner-auctions.
We continue to maintain an overhead cost of less than 10%. We also continue to spread joy – this year clowning at 30 events across the U.S. and internationally.
So, breathe easy, we are not inviting you to another auction. You can instead relax at home in your jammies, cuddled up enjoying your favorite TV shows
We hope you will consider donating this year in the amount you would typically spend at our dinner-auctions.
Donate through our website, or with a check to our P.O. Box address, above. We will send you a receipt for your donation for tax purposes.
We highly value your continuing involvement with us.
Caring Clowns International
Caring Clowns International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
Flora and Duffy recently vacationed to Midwest, visiting Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
One of their stops was to Baraboo, Wisconsin- home of AL Barnum of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
They visited Circus World which included a marvelous museum of circus posters and memorabilia from old time circuses around the world. The absolute highlight of the visit was the several building collection of old-time circus wagons there. The collection includes over 250 wagons from many circuses. They ran into one of the long-time restorers of the wagons. He has been with Circus World for over 45 years. It was obvious as he spoke that he has a love for this work. He had a deep history about most of the wagons and spoke about the intricacies of finding and restoring original wagon parts and the detailed restorations they make- including one wagon with a huge amount of gold leaf restoration.
This was a visit of a lifetime!
On July 13, Flora and Duffy spent several hours entertaining members and their families at the annual IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Union #46 picnic at the Island Lake waterfront park in Poulsbo, Washington. The union chapter is made up of 400 members and is headquartered in Bremerton, Washington.
About 150 attended the old day affair, which included a picnic cookout, face painting and games for the kids… and of course us clowns.
LaLa, Scooter, Coco and Sparkles joined survivors, caregivers and families who have lost a loved one to cancer at Olympic High School for the annual Kitsap County American Cancer Society Relay for Life. What an evening! After the opening ceremony including ribbon cutting by the Mayors of Poulsbo and Bremerton, a Boy Scout color guard from Bremerton led the group of survivors on a victory lap to cheers and high fives! All of us felt honored to be part of the evening, making balloons, playing with the kids, cheering, and giving our support to those walking the track.