LFS Visits Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus
Story and photos by Pam Cress
LFS Fundraiser and Fun Day at Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus
at World Arena benefiting at Registration: 12:30; Private animal open house: 1:15 p.m.; 2:00 pre-show; circus begins: 3:00 p.m.
It was a beautiful day and kids of all ages got to enjoy party favors, special sights and sounds and spend the day at the “Greatest Show on Earth!”
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus came to Colorado Springs on Saturday and hundreds of patrons flocked to see the show, but Lutheran Family Services was able to procure some special treats to celebrate their 65 anniversary before the circus show.
Kids and adults alike were seen joking around with red clown noses, eating colorful cupcakes, wearing masks like the circus animals and posing for pictures with Miss Teen Colorado, Chloe Brown. Patrons got to go over to see the elephants, stallions and tigers before the circus show began, and have a stuntman and jugglers show them some pointers in the arena during the pre-show. Then everyone enjoyed the circus entertainment, and they went home with some great memories and special dreams tonight.
It was a great opportunity for families to spend a special day together and also support Lutheran Family Services. Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is a faith based, non-profit human service agency helping children and families during their most challenging times. They help with foster care, pregnancy counseling, care for the elderly, refugee and asylee programs…the list is almost endless as to what they have accomplished to help people.
For information about how you can help or be helped, make a donation, attend an event or read about the programs and history of LFS, visit their website at www.lfsco.org
John and Nancy Curran with their kids Anna and Evan
Sue and Dick Currey
Sandy Halla and Jane Pope Meehan, VP of Development for LFS, sign people up for the bike raffle
Derrick Buss with Serenity and Skylar
The Harkness family
Gwen White with Elijah
Rebecca Hamilton-Lyons with board member Bill Ayen
Rene Hawkins greets everyone with “birthday” cupcakes
Ricardo and Martha Ventura with Daniella and John
Jennice and Creston Jones
Tom and Bonnie Clark
The Vester family
Cody Driml, left, Oral Caine, Ruth Bauer and Kat Hubbard volunteered with Kohl’s Cares
The Schnurr family
Board member Bill Ayen and his family
The Ricketts/Petty family
Mike and Karen Matkin with Jeremy and Reagan
The Coltrin family
The Palmen family
The Joslin/Cruson family
The Kirkeide/Reynolds family
The Shelton/Reeder/Kalmbach family
Marcy Serby, left, Lee Munsell, Joyce Neighbors, Teri Swanner and Whitney Neighbors volunteered at the registration table
Allison and Betsy Tuma
The Birgers family
The Lewis family
Rodney Valdez, left, Dominic Valdez and Joy Whitcomb
The Barnhill family poses with Chloe Brown, Miss Teen Colorado
The elephants came out to say hello
The elephants were throwing some grass on themselves
This stallion had alot of energy
The tigers were jockeying for who gets to get into the pool.
An aerialist wowed the crowd.
Cotton candy anyone?
Jugglers entertained during the pre-show.
Kids didn’t know where to look first!
A stuntman practices
Families got to look around during the pre-show
A clown gives thumbs up
Kids got to practice stunts too.
The stallions were beautiful.
The stallions pose for the crowd.
The World Arena was packed as people flocked to see the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey “greatest show on Earth!”
Ascension Lutheran Church, Bethel Lutheran Church, Black Forest Lutheran Church, Kohl's, Miller Promotions, Ray and Arlene Avischious, Red Onion Productions, Thrivent Garden of the God's Chapter, Thrivent Pikes Peak Chapter
Board of Directors:
Past President: Mike Porter;Chair: Keith LaShier;Secretary: Alana Hankins;Vice-Chair Finance: Will Schippers; Vice-Chair Resource Development: Jennifer Bick; Vice-Chair Board Development: Keith Hedstrom;Vice-Chair Program Services: Ann Hultquist; For a complete list of board members and trustees, visit www.lfsco.org/about/directors