2013-02-27 / Features

Kids And Clowns Raise Money For Elmhurst Hospital Pediatric


Students from P.S. 19 with members of the New York Clown Alley East-West Tour and Elmhurst Hospital Center Chief Operating Officer Wayne Zimmermann proudly pose with a check. The students raised $800 for the hospital. Students from P.S. 19 with members of the New York Clown Alley East-West Tour and Elmhurst Hospital Center Chief Operating Officer Wayne Zimmermann proudly pose with a check. The students raised $800 for the hospital. Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC) and P.S. 19 in Corona partnered together for “Helping Kids Heal”, a fundraising event on February 20, benefiting Elmhurst Hospital Center’s Pediatric Department. Twelve clowns from the New York City area and from Japan, who are participants in this year’s New York Clown Alley East- West Tour, performed two one-hour back to back shows in the school’s auditorium to entertain school children in grades K through 5. Their comedic performances included juggling, magic, acrobatics, and balloon art.

The children at P.S. 19 attended the event free of charge thanks to the generosity of the community and local businesses. Helping Kids Heal raised over $2,500, with proceeds from event sponsorship donated to the Elmhurst Hospital Auxiliary for renovation of EHC’s pediatric treatment areas. The students of P.S. 19 also undertook fundraising in support of the hospital, raising an additional $800 for one of the busiest medical facilities in Queens.

Councilmember Julissa Ferreras (DEast Elmhurst) attended the event and encouraged the students to follow their dreams. “Being able to join the

Helping Kids Heal EHC fundraiser at P.S. 19 was such a joy,” said Ferreras, who attended P.S. 19 as a child and later worked at the school as a Beacon Program Director. “Seeing children learning while laughing just goes to show how essential these events are to the students and faculty. I am thankful that we have such a wonderful hospital in the community that truly cares about the health and well-being of our residents.”

“Laughter is the world’s best medicine, and on behalf of the New York Clown Alley East-West Tour, we’re excited to bring our show to the children of P.S. 19, and to support the Pediatrics Department of Elmhurst Hospital,” said Cyrus Zavieh, President of the New York Clown Alley. “If I can take away the pain of a sick child or geriatric patient for a while, then I have done my job not only as a clown, but as a person.”

“Thanks to the generous support of our Helping Kids Heal sponsors, we’re thrilled to be able to bring this worldclass entertainment to the children of P.S. 19,”said Elmhurst Hospital Center Executive Director Chris Constantino. “Money raised from this event will help us make much-needed improvements to our pediatric treatment areas and playrooms.”

The clown troupe will visit other area hospitals before embarking on an international engagement to visit and perform for hospitalized children in Malaysia. To find out more about how to support pediatric care at Elmhurst Hospital Center, visit nyc.gov/elmhursthospital/give.

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