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Gamma Phi Circus Macy's Parade

$22,680
142%
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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Thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime!

December 06, 2019

We arrived home from NYC nearly a week ago and are still buzzing from all the excitement! Performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was truly a dream come true. We couldn’t have done it without you. The amount of support we received throughout this experience has been overwhelming. We are so grateful for all our donors and supporters for making this opportunity possible!

 

Some of the highlights from our week in the Big Apple include visiting the Statue of Liberty, seeing two professional circuses, attending Broadway shows, having a circus photo shoot in Central Park, sharing Thanksgiving dinner with Big Apple Circus under the big top, and, of course, performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Billy Porter and Coach’s Rexy in the City float!

 

All of this was possible because of your generosity. Your donations completely covered the costs of airfare, lodging, new equipment for the parade, our visit to the Statue of Liberty, professional photography, and more! Any funds left over from our fundraiser will go towards costumes and props for our 2020 Spring show and to start a seed fund for future travel and performance opportunities.

 

It was an incredible feeling to perform in front of millions of viewers, but it meant even more to us knowing that you, our friends and family, were rooting for us back home! Thank you again for your support of the Gamma Phi Circus.

 

Read more about our trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade here

 

Please consider filling out a quick survey about why you chose to donate to our fundraiser by clicking here

 

Photos courtesy of Coach and Alyssa Greenberg.

Thank You for Your Support!

November 25, 2019

Thank you so much for your generous contributions to the Gamma Phi Circus Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Fundraiser. Over the past 2 months we were able to raise a grand total of $22,680 from 167 donors to pay to send members of the Gamma Phi Circus to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

 

$22,680 completely covers the cost of lodging and airfare for the Gamma Phi Circus members and coaches performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We set our goal to raise $15,960 so we could cover these expenses, and you went above and beyond to make that happen! The additional $6,720 raised through our fundraiser will go towards the following expenses:

  • 1 new Russian Bar
  • 4 new pairs of Kangaroo Stilts
  • Tape to decorate juggling clubs
  • Shuttles to and from the airport
  • Professional photography from Macy’s official group photographer
  • Oversized luggage fees for equipment
  • Hand and toe warmers for our performers to use during the Parade
  • Group trip to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Museum
  • Group ice skating at Central Park
  • Contribution to Thanksgiving Dinner with Big Apple Circus under the big top at Lincoln Center

Any funds left over from the trip to NYC will be used for costumes and props for our 91st Annual Gamma Phi Circus at Redbird Arena in April 2020.

 

We cannot thank you enough for making this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity possible! You can watch our performance on NBC from 9am-noon in all time zones on Thanksgiving morning. If you would like to follow along on our week-long trip to NYC, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We will be posting updates regularly about our adventures!

 

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 

Levels
Choose a giving level

$50

Roustabout

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

$100

Acrobat

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.

$250

Clown

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

$500

Ringmaster

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.

$1,000

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!