Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performers – the Ringmaster, dancers, clowns, dogs and contortionists – will bring joy and laughter to patients and families at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, 7 Richland Medical Park Dr., Warren Atrium, first floor, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at 10 a.m.
The visit will bring smiles to the faces of children who are unable to attend the circus in Columbia because of health concerns. The hospital visit aligns with Ringling Bros.’ ongoing commitment to children’s health care and support of local communities.
“At Ringling Bros., we focus on entertaining families and giving back to the communities where we perform every week,” said Alana Feld, executive vice president of Feld Entertainment and producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
In addition to the performers’ visit, Ringling Bros. is making a gift to Palmetto Health Foundation to support the Children’s Hospital playground project. Playing is a vital part of the healing process for Children’s Hospital patients. With the new playground, even the sickest children can play, using specially designed equipment that will accommodate IV poles, wheelchairs and hospital beds. The gift presentation will be part of the opening of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in Columbia, Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena. Nearly 100 Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital patients and families will be special guests that evening.
About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by StonyfieldYoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by StonyfieldYoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com. More information on the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation is available at www.ringlingelephantcenter.com.
About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, South Carolina’s first freestanding children’s hospital, treats more than 80,000 sick and injured children in South Carolina annually in its inpatient and outpatient families. As a major pediatric referral center, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital offers more than 30 subspecialties devoted strictly to children. To learn more, visit PalmettoHealth.org/ChildrensHospital.
About Palmetto Health Foundation
Palmetto Health Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, engages community partners to enhance health care for patients and families served by Palmetto Health. For more, visit PalmettoHealthFoundation.org.