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Circus raises funds for West relief

Donated items going to ‘ark’ for elephants


‘The Flying Cavallinis” did exactly that before thrilled crowds of circus-goers in two performances at Apache Pass. ‘The Flying Cavallinis” did exactly that before thrilled crowds of circus-goers in two performances at Apache Pass. Going in, everyone knew some proceeds from Thursday’s Carson & Barnes Circus at Apache Pass, would go to an Oklahoma “ark” foundation for the endangered Asian Elephant.

But last Wednesday’s explosion in West changed other plans. The Rockdale Rotary Club, which sponsors the annual circus visit as a fund raiser decided to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to relief efforts in West.

That turned out to be $500, according to Michelle Morgan, Rotary spokesperson. Rotary matched the funds and added another $500 to the donation.

Free admission was offered to those donat ing to the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma and a large amount of bread and grooming items were collected, according to Jacque Hollander, circus spokesperson.

Carson & Barnes features the nation’s largest circus tent, a 144-by-180-foot structure that reaches a height of 45 feet.



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