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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Circus makes 10th successful appearance
by Jeff Saunders

Nordonia Hills --

The 10th annual appearance of the Kelly Miller Circus in Sagamore Hills Township Park has come and gone, but it has again been a successful fundraiser for the Nordonia Hills Kiwanis Club.
"I think it went really well," said Bonnie Dusek, who served as circus coordinator for the club. "I thought it was a good show. They had a lot of new acts."
The circus presented two shows July 30, and Dusek said that while the first one had some vacant seats, the second was "packed."
"It usually is busier. I mean, last year it was standing room," she said.
Dusek said the proceeds and bills are still being added up, but she feels confident that the club's net profit will be about $3,000, coming at least close to 2009's record-breaking amount of about $3,100. Dusek said the circus is the club's biggest fundraiser of the year and it uses the money to aid local causes, mainly those involving children.
"I don't know what it will all be used for, but it will stay in the community," she said.
Dusek said the club uses some of the money to provide $500 scholarships to two Nordonia High School graduates every year and typically helps the Emergency Assistance Center in Northfield Village. The club also pays the way for two local students to attend a Kiwanis leadership camp in the spring.
On occasion, she said, the club will also help a specific child in need, such as by purchasing eyeglasses.
In addition, she said some area businesses every year purchase tickets, then donate them back to the club, which distributes them to people who could not otherwise attend. About 10 tickets were given to Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills for senior residents.
Dusek said that last year she discovered that a woman living near the park, who allows a line to run across her property every year to supply the circus with water, operates a day care center for low income children. She said that she was able to give the woman 15 tickets.
"This year, I gave her 29 tickets so 29 kids got to go to the circus who probably wouldn't have been able to otherwise," said Dusek.
Dusek said that as in years past, the circus would not have been possible without the cooperation of township officials.
"They're very good"

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