Big Apple, big top, big heart: Upcoming circus performances in Bridgewater also aiding local community organizations
Upcoming circus performances in Bridgewater also aiding local community organizations
The Legends of TD Bank Ballpark, left, Sparky Lyle, manager emeritus of the Somerset Patriots, and John Kennedy Kane, ringmaster of the Big Apple Circus Legendarium, await the circus' opening at the Bridgewater-based ballpark on Feb. 28. /
Photo Courtesy Big Apple Circus
Written by Bill Nutt, For the Courier News
Feb 24, 2013
When Jeff Macauley says he’s impressed with the Big Apple Circus, he’s not just talking about the acrobats and the animal acts.
Macauley is executive director of the Adult Day Center of Somerset County. The center, which works with special-needs adults, is in Bridgewater near the TD Bank Park, where the Big Apple Circus makes its annual stand starting Thursday.
For the second year in a row, Macauley has arranged for some of the center’s members — several of whom have physical disabilities — to visit the circus at a “substantial discount” in ticket price.
“What has impressed me is how everyone — from the guy who sells tickets over the phone to the people who show you to your seat — has gone out of their way to accommodate us,” Macauley said.
“It’s a very compassionate group,” Macauley added. “They have made the extra effort to work with our nonambulatory members.”
This year, the Big Apple Circus also is helping raise funds for the center. For every ticket sold at the March 7 evening performance, the circus will donate $5 per seat, as long as the buyer mentions “Adult Day Center” at the time of purchase. (That also applies to online sales, if the buyer types “ADC” as the promo code.)