FAIRBORN — A local clown alley will once again celebrate National Clown Week by supporting an organization that helps bring smiles to some very special children.
The first seven days of August are always National Clown Week, and to celebrate locally, Giggles and Grins Clown Alley is holding their 2nd Annual All Clown Mini-Carnival to benefit A Special Wish Foundation on Saturday, Aug. 2.
The groups is a not-for-profit organization, based in Fairborn for more than 20 years, that supports community events in the Greater Dayton area. For more than a decade, they have been the official clown alley of the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish.
“They have become our special charity and we are always available to them if they need us,” said Andrea Schott, also known as Sparklelee. “With it being children who are in very special, dire circumstances, we make every effort we can to give them a smile.”
A Special Wish Foundation is the only wish granting organization located in the Dayton Region with a sole mission of granting special wishes to local children, age birth through 20, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. The Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation serves Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Darke, Shelby, and Mercer counties. Since its founding in 1983, they have granted more than 1,600 wishes.
“A Special Wish has had a long standing relationship with Giggles & Grins and we are honored to be the benefactor of the All Clown Mini-Carnival,” said A Special Wish Executive Director David Seyer.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Foy’s Variety Store, 18 East Main St., rain or shine. All proceeds will go towards the granting of a local child’s special wish.
“This amazing group of clowns have entertained ASW children for many years and have given hundreds of hours to make our wish kids smile and laugh,” Seyer said. “Along with the All Clown Mini Carnival, the troupe from Giggles & Grins have been an important part of the ASW annual Holiday Open House by providing creative face painting, amazing balloon animals and of course lots of laughs.”
“What’s important is that moment that you can spend with someone to take their mind off whatever is happening,” said Schott.
Sparklelee shared the story of a 3-year-old boy who was dying from a brain tumor about 15 years ago and asked for clowns to visit him at the hospital on Thanksgiving.
“We got a call on Thanksgiving Day and nine clowns showed up at his room that day,” she said. “We actually got to know him and his family really well and were there supporting them at his birthday and for the next six months until he passed away.”
A Special Wish Foundation is strictly funded through donations, and Giggles & Grins is hoping for a good turnout at this year’s fund-raiser. Tickets will be sold for the games, face painting and balloon sculpture (animals) and a Kazoo parade at 1 p.m. The first 20 children arriving for the parade at 12:45 p.m. will receive a free kazoo and clown nose for the mini-parade.
Tickets are $1 each and every activity requires one to three tickets. Parents with more than three children in the same family will get a special rate. Discount coupons are available at Foy’s.
For more information about A Special Wish Foundation and how you can make special wishes come true log on to www.aspecialwish.org or call 937-223-WISH(9474).