The second annual benefit performance of the Big Apple Circus for the Children’s Blood Foundation (CBF) was held on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at 4:30 p.m. under the tent in Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center. It was a huge success, helping raise $125,000.00 for the Children’s Blood Foundation.
The sold-out performance of 1,600 included distinguished guests such as Ms. Charlotte Ford, the Consul General of Cyprus, Ms. Martha Mavromatis, representatives of the Italian Consulate in New York, the head of the NGTV, Mr. Demetrios Kastanas. They joined CBF Chairman, Mr. Stanley Jaffe, producer of such films as Kramer vs. Kramer and Fatal Attraction, other CBF Board Members, Ms. Dora Ziongas, the Executive Director, as well as the distinguished physicians and researchers of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology of New York Presbyterian Hospital, as well as the many children and families who came to enjoy a fabulous performance and support Children’s Blood Foundation.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to sponsor children from many clinics at New York Hospital, Children’s Aid Society, St. Basil Academy, the Ronald McDonald House, and Catholic Charities.
They and their families were able to enjoy a fun-filled break from their hospital treatments and cares. A round-trip ticket from New York to Athens, Greece, donated by Olympic Airways, helped make our raffle a huge success.
This year’s Big Apple Circus performance, celebrates Carnivale. “First mix together masquerade balls, puppets, parades, confetti, floats, feathers and beads. Add a ragout of reggae, a cup of calypso, and a soupcon of soca, samba, jazz, zydeco, Afro-Cuban and classical music, and season with a spirit of Venice, Rio de Janeiro, Trinidad, Cuba, New Orleans and Jamaica. Blend with world-class circus acts and pour into one ring under the Big Top, and the result is a show you won’t soon forget!”
CBF was founded in 1952 and today supports the patient care, research, and fellowship training programs of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology of NY-Presbyterian Hospital. It is the oldest and foremost program of its kind in the country and patients travel from all over the world to seek the advice and treatment of our physicians, all well-respected specialists in their fields. We have the largest thalassemia program in the United States and consequently a large Greek and Greek-American patient population.
We thank all those who participated in one way or another and supported us in our mission to help bring hope to the lives of children with thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, platelet disorders, AIDS and cancer.
For more information on Children’s Blood Foundation, check our website at www.childrensbloodfoundation.org