The event was very emotional. Michael spoke about the role of the clown in the hospital environment. The Big Apple Circus Clown Care has been working in hospitals for 25 years and has brought joy and laughter to many children.
Mr. Stubbs (Michael Christensen) speaks to the hospital patients and press.
Directing part of his talk to the clown members of the audience he spoke of the importance of their work.
The Clowns gathered together at the end of the celebration and collectively chanted;
“See you down the road”
The tuba and banjos began playing as they marched out of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and into the street.
They gathered their belongings, suitcases and instruments and paraded out the front door and took the subway to another hospital in Harlem.
Here are some photographs from the day.
Audrey Crabtree and Andy Sapora
Dikki Ellis and Deborah Kaufman
Getting ready to Parade out the door.
The Big Apple Circus Clown Care CLOWNS!
(Not listed in order)
(Michael Christensen, John Grimaldi, Erin Schmahl, Karen McCarty, Josh Matthews, Julie Pasqual, Will Shaw, Audrey Crabtree, Watson Kawecki, Laine Barton, Leo Dessilets, Phyllis Capello, Ron Hoffman, Deborah Kaufman, Sarah Petersiel, David Engel, Lauren Sharpe, John Leo, Dikki Ellis, Hilary Chaplain, Maria Para.)
(L to R)Audrey Crabtree, Michael Christensen, Deborah Kaufman and Hilary Chaplain
The Big Apple Circus Clown Care ensemble (in hospital coats) travel to the next hospital in Harlem.
Mr. Stubbs (Michael Christensen) entering the subway at 165th Street station with props and gear!
Juggler Will Shaw with Big Apple Circus Clown Care 25th Anniversary Banner getting on the elevator with peers.
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