By Mary Schenkel
Circus, circus! JI fundraising gala goes over the “Top”
The circus came to town in a big way last Wednesday evening at a Big Top by the Sea Gala at the John’s Island Beach Club hosted by the ultra-creative John’s Island Community Service League, which produced an event to rival Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth.
“I’ve always liked the circus as a child and I thought it would make a good venue for a benefit to celebrate our past,” said Big Top Chair Ginger DeSimone. “It was just a coincidence that Ringling Bros. decided to fold their tent in May right after our benefit. So now it seems like it’s appropriate to have a farewell circus event”.
Proceeds from the evening, as with all the wonderful JICSL events, will support local charitable initiatives, this year funneling more than $950,000 back into the community. The money will fund grants to 37 different agencies and will also provide scholarships to children of John’s Island employees.