Recently, the Swarner Communications Group held their annual Halloween Party for military families at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. About 300 families attended.
Flossy, Flora, LaLa and Duffy did balloon sculptures for the attendees.
Kids AND their parents came in family theme costumes. It was an awesome, fun filled day.
Thanks to the World Clown Association (WCA) for their excellent feature story about Caring Clowns International which appears in the July issue of the organization’s 52-page magazine “Clowning Around.”
See the attached link. The story on Caring Clowns International begins on/about Page 14. It’s a large PDF file in the middle of the page and you’ll have to click the forward button to get to Page 14.
Thanks to the World Clown Association for helping tell our story to clowns around the world!!
Caring Clowns International members LaLa and Scooter took part for the second year in the Relay for Life Survivors/ Caregivers Walk in Gig Harbor, Washington sponsored by The American Cancer Society.
This year’s walk was held uptown in a loop through the outdoor shopping mall area lined with purple balloons and luminaries to honor every life touched by cancer.
Relay for Life provided us a canopy and table for us to make balloons. People gave donations to Caring Clowns International but at the end of the event we gave all those donations to the event director.
Caring Clowns International has been invited to join the Relay for Life next year. Members of other non-profit groups who attended the event expressed an in interest in our services too.
A REALLY BIG THANK YOU to everyone who made our recent dinner/auction such a success. We raised over $26,000 which will be used to help children in need around the world. This is our organization’s fourth auction in the past six years; and is our major fundraising event. Thanks to Sons of Norway for a wonderful dinner and all of those who contributed items for the auction. We maintain less than 9% overhead cost, so the vast majority of money raised goes directly to grants to help kids.
While clowns from Caring Clowns International visit the children’s hospital in Lima, Peru, they join up with a Lima-based clown organization called 3.16 Hospital Clowns. We were first introduced to the 3.16 Hospital Clowns in 2017 and formed an immediate connection. During this year’s medical mission to Lima, the two groups again joined forces, clowning together at the Instituto Nacional de Salud del Nino, children’s hospital.
The 3.16 Hospital Clowns started in 2015 as an element of the Emmanuel Bible Church art ministry. They formed after a connection with David Mata, a clown named POYOYO who had already been clowning at the Edgardo Rebagliati Hospital in Lima
“We love the comradery that’s grown between our two groups,” said Jed “Duffy” Selter, President of the Board and Executive Director of Caring Clowns International. “We support the 3.16 Hospital Clown’s efforts, bringing noses and balloons for them to use in their workshops and their hospital visits.”
By providing two clowning workshops a year, the group now has 40 members. They promote themselves through the 3.16PayasosDeHospital facebook page.
The all-volunteer group continues to clown at the Edgardo Rebagliati Hospital as well as the Instituto Nacional de Salud del Nino. In addition to the Saturday hospital visits, they unite with other groups in the community once a month to visit orphanages and shelters. Their focus is to service their neighbors – creating smiles and bringing happiness to those of all ages.
Founder of 3.16 Hospital Clowns POYOYO said, “We enjoy observing the different reactions from the children as they interact with the U.S. clowns. It’s clear the clowns don’t need to speak Spanish to be able to communicate because with your nose you can communicate with just a smile while absorbing oneself in a world of emotions.”
The number 3.16 in the group’s name comes from the bible verse John 3:16.