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Gamma Phi Circus Macy's Parade

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Raised toward our $15,960 Goal
167 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 22, at 10:00 PM CST
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Gamma Phi Circus Macy's Parade

YOU DID IT! You helped us raise enough money to cover lodging and airfare for all of our performers and coaches who are going to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Illinois State University’s Gamma Phi Circus--the nation's oldest collegiate circus--has been invited to perform at the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in honor of our 90th anniversary.

Sending our troupe members to NYC to perform is no cheap endeavor. We hit our initial goal of $7,245 much faster than expected thanks to an incredible outpouring of support. Because we reached this goal so quickly, we set our sights "sky-high" to cover the cost of airfare for our performers! Roundtrip airfare for this trip costs $8,715, which made our NEW goal $15,960. Thanks to our donors we reached that goal with time to spare! 

For the duration of our fundraiser, we will be accepting gifts for the additional costs of our trip which include:

  • 1 Russian Bar - $1500.00
  • 4 Sets of Kangaroo Stilts - $1075.00
  • Professional Photographer - $575.00
  • Shuttles to and from LaGuardia Airport - $572.00
  • Oversized luggage fees for equipment - $150.00
  • Hand and Toe Warmers for our performers - $63.00

Throughout the past year Gamma Phi Circus has been celebrating our 90th anniversary and we are incredibly honored to finish out this celebration at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Tune in to NBC on Thursday, November 28th to watch live coverage of the parade and to see this once-in-a-lifetime performance by Gamma Phi Circus. Every gift made helps get us one step closer to funding this once-in-a-life-time performance opportunity!


Choose a giving level



Make a $50 donation and receive a commemorative poster program from GPC’s 90th Anniversary show. (while supplies last)



Make a donation of $100 or more and a GPC member will share a video performing a trick with a personalized thank you on our Facebook page.



Make a $250 donation and be invited to attend a GPC practice PLUS the reward from the Acrobat level. (date of practice TBD)



Make a $500 donation and be invited to a video conference with the GPC troupe members while they’re in NYC, PLUS rewards from Acrobat and Clown levels.


Big Top Boss

$1000 covers the cost of lodging AND airfare for one GPC member. Give at this level and receive a personalized thank you letter from the GPC student you sponsored to attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade PLUS the rewards from Acrobat, Clown, and Ringmaster levels!