Join us online for the very first Virtual Russia Clown Tour with Patch Adams!
On Thursday, the 12th of November, we’ve been invited to digitally join Maria’s Children Charity Ball for fun and support the beautiful work of Maria’s Children Art Studio. Please be ready to laugh, wiggle, and place your bids!
“Children who live in orphanages are missing a great deal in life. At the same time, however, they grow up accustomed to living on state support—which often leads them to develop a consumerist attitude towards the world, thus hindering their socialization and adaptation once they leave the orphanage. We try to change this state of affairs.” – Maria Eliseeva, founder of Maria’s Children.
Then, on Sunday, the 15th please join us in a giant virtual “Russia Clown Trip” so we can all see each other and reflect on why we all love clowning with our friends in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
If you’ve been on a clown trip, or are just dreaming about it, please come and join us! Our annual amazing trip has been filled with participants from all walks of life. Our clown family will assemble from many corners of the globe, across generations and with all levels of experience. We’ll enjoy watching videos and hearing comments from Russia clown trip veterans, and locals who’ve supported us, and have a few “open mic” chances to share memories and meaning. In any case, fill your shot glass or teacup in advance, don your clown clothes, and join the ZOOM!
November 12, 2020 | Maria’s Children Charity Ball
Register Here or For More Information About Maria’s Children Please Visit Maria’s Children Charity Fund.
6:30 pm Moscow time (4:30 PM Europe, 10:30 AM East Coast of US, 07:30 West Coast)
November 15, 2020 | Group Meeting Online
(19:00 Moscow, 17:00 Milan, 11:00 New York, 10:00 Urbana, 09:00 Arizona, 08:00 California, 01:00 (+1) Tokyo)
Hello, friends, Patch Adams here, and I’ve got some good news.
I know a lot of you who know and love the Russian clown trip. This year would have been its 36th year! We won’t have the clown trip this year. But on the 12th and 15th of this month, we have two virtual events in Moscow. If you’ve been on a clown trip, or just dreamed about it, we will love it to have you come and join us. Maria and Marina will be there, other friends that you know will be there. On the 12th of November Maria is actually holding an in-person mini-version of her annual charity auction in Moscow, so some of Maria’s Children’s paintings will be available on that day and will be bid for and sold to help support Maria and her work.
The event on Sunday 15th, will be a virtual clown trip through the TIME we’ve shared and the SPACE in our hearts and souls. Maria and I will host, and there will be surprise guests from various moments in the trip. Buses, puppets, and greetings from other friends await! So get in the mood. Wear some clown clothes, fill your glasses, look funny. Belch and fart at will. Let’s remember the great times we had and also anticipate future clown trips to come. As soon as we can have one, we will be there. Remember the 12th and the 15th of November for the faux clown visit to Russia.
I met Maria and Marina 30 years ago or more, an instant connection, and then never letting go.
If there’s one thing I miss during COVID, it’s the clown trips and how great they are. Maybe between now and then, you’ll put on your costume and go somewhere and be goofy. Perhaps even have a story to tell when there’s some free time for clowns to talk. It’s sentimental, and I’m sentimental. I’m a sentimental fool. We’ll be there with you, so come and play.
Do you know what I’m delighted about during this COVID-19 and this extended time of separation? It is that our friends are not separated. They are thrilled to have these weekly connections. These connections are full of great memories of the past and then anticipation for the future. For clowns and friends: love. I think that’s something we feel all the time for each other.
I always tell people: “don’t believe that the Russia trip is the only time you’re going to clown during the year.” You can put things in your pockets, you can have some funny clothes to wear, and every time you clown by yourself, you can feel that your colleagues, your fools, males and females from around the world, are there with you. Enjoy making a fool of yourself at this moment. La-la-la-la-la! Okie Dokie! See you soon-
Unfortunately, this year the international clown delegation to Russia can’t join Maria’s Children for its annual charity ball fundraiser. But there are some options for you to participate and support Maria’s Children:
You can make a charitable contribution of 4,000 rubles (approximately $50 USD) and gain access to the live stream of the ball, which will take place on Thursday, November 12th starting at 6:30 pm Moscow time (4:30 PM Europe, 10:30 AM East Coast of US, 07:30 West Coast).
After registration and payment are received, Maria’s Children will send you a link to the live feed of the event via email. As a ball observer, Maria’s Children will send you (once it is possible) one of Maria’s 2021 calendars, and an art souvenir made by Maria’s Children.
You can also register for the silent online auction here: http://silentauction.ru where you can bid on choice pieces of artwork from Maria’s Children and its partners. There will be some delays in sending you the pieces, but we guarantee eventual delivery!
And if you are feeling really benevolent, and want to participate in the LIVE auction, which will be hosted LIVE (but virtual) by Patch Adams, then please register for monitoring the event, as above, AND write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll make arrangements for your call-in participation.
Patch Adams – entered medical school in 1967 to use medicine as a vehicle for social change; promotes and practices living a life of public joy as a revolutionary act; a fount of ideas for avoiding burn-out in long-term social justice and health. Enthusiator.
Sharon “Shar-Shar” Stein – started volunteering in 1996, has traveled to 54 countries…so far. She met Patch 23 years ago, and put her first red nose on and has laughed ever since!
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Tickle your funny bone and support a great cause at the same time!