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The Circus Barn, Inc.
February 25, 2010

My daughter attended Smirkus camp for three years and performed with the Big Top Tour for five years. We saw her develop from a shy little girl to a poised, talented young woman. She also gained many life skills, as troupers are engaged in many behind-the-scenes chores. Smirkus gives these kids tremendous opportunities and prepares them for life. But beyond those who participate, Smirkus also brings joy to the tens of thousands of people who see the Big Top Tour, go to camp (as camper or staff), or participate in a wonderfully educational and exciting school residency. It is a not for profit organization that instills strong values and engages people in its important mission. The staff and volunteers are incredibly dedicated and hard working and are passionate about the organization and its mission. It's often said that Smirkus is magical, and it's true!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daughter's growth as a performer and person, and the joy and wonder on the faces of audience members of all ages.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more staff and give them all bonuses

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the energy of the young performers and campers and the passion of the staff and volunteers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinary! Dedicated, talented, hard working, and fun

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread joy beyond New England, and enable thousands of kids to realize their dreams.

Ways to make it better...

I could be transported back to childhood and be able to perform!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Smirkus is unique and provides magic and hope in a world that needs more of both.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Help guide the organization as Board member and volunteer.