Gamma Phi Circus Macy's Parade

Raised toward our $15,960 Goal
149 Donors
days left
Project ends on November 22, at 10:00 PM CST
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You did it--and with time to spare!

November 11, 2019

YOU DID IT! Thanks to YOU we have raised enough money to pay for lodging and airfare for our trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! We are so grateful for all the support Gamma Phi Circus has received from donors near and far throughout our campaign. We cannot thank you enough for helping fund our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!


Any donations made throughout the remaining 11 days of the campaign will go towards paying for some of our additional expenses 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 fee for equipment - $150.00
  • Hand and toe warmers for performers - $63.00

Thank you again for your support! Please continue to spread the word about our campaign and be sure to tune in to NBC on Thanksgiving Day at 9AM (all time zones) to watch Gamma Phi Circus perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!


Creating A Legacy Pop Horton Never Dreamed Of!

November 01, 2019

Wow! We are a little over halfway through our fundraising campaign and we have raised $11,542--which is 72% of the way towards our final goal! $11,542 completely covers the cost of lodging for all of our performers and coaches for their 6-day trip to NYC and it also covers the cost of airfare for 9 of our performers! THANK YOU for helping to make this trip possible.


This week we received a very special note from a Gamma Phi Circus VIP, Bobbie Horton Theriault. Bobbie is the daughter of Gamma Phi Circus founder, Clifford "Pop" Horton and she has a message she'd like to share with you!


"The offer from THE Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is quite an honor for Gamma Phi Circus AND for Pop. I wish he could have seen it during his lifetime! Pop loved a parade, and to think that his beloved Gamma Phi Circus would be in THE  Parade of Parades—the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade extravaganza on national television--would have made him SO proud! You are giving him a legacy he never dreamed of. Thank you all for your support and for making this opportunity possible! With love, Bobbie Horton Theriault"


Again, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this trip possible. Every gift made gets us one step closer to funding this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please continue to help spread the word about our fundraising campaign so we can reach our final goal of $15,960 by November 22nd!


Photo 1: Gamma Phi Circus performing in the 2019 Illinois State University Homecoming Parade.

Photo 2: Clifford "Pop" Horton, Gamma Phi Circus Founder 

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!