Un­der the big top: ‘Cir­cus at the Cen­ter’

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Artists and arts-en­thu­si­asts re­cently gath­ered un­der the stars at Trevini in Palm Beach for a pre-party cock­tail party to kick off the “Great­est Lit­tle Party on Earth” - the Cen­ter for Cre­ative Ed­u­ca­tion’s sec­ond an­nual “Cir­cus at the Cen­ter.”

Event ring­mas­ter and chair Bruce He­lander, along with co-chairs Ch­eryl Gowdy and Vicki Hal­mos, shared de­tails about the up­com­ing ben­e­fit, known for its over-the-top dé­cor and en­ter­tain­ment.

On Dec. 6, the Cen­ter’s North­wood Vil­lage lo­ca­tion will be trans­formed into the “Cen­ter Ring,” through the in­spi­ra­tion of de­signer ex­traor­di­naire Bruce Sutka.

This year’s event also marks the be­gin­ning of the Cen­ter for Cre­ative Ed­u­ca­tion’s 20th an­niver­sary in the com­mu­nity. The fun, ca­sual party cap­tures the zany ex­cite­ment of be­ing a lit­tle kid un­der the big top. “Cir­cus at the Cen­ter” in­vites guests to dress in cir­cus chic, en­joy a night of great food, live mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and danc­ing.

“Last year’s in­au­gu­ral ‘Cir­cus at the Cen­ter’ was a huge suc­cess,” said He­lander. “But we know this year will be even bet­ter, as we have so much more to cel­e­brate - 20 years of help­ing chil­dren in our lo­cal com­mu­nity. ‘Cir­cus at the Cen­ter’ is fun and ex­cit­ing, but most im­por­tantly it raises nec­es­sary funds for the Cen­ter for Cre­ative Ed­u­ca­tion, which serves nearly 13,000 chil­dren an­nu­ally. We in­vite you to en­joy the ex­cit­ing en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing cir­cus-themed per­form­ers, and an amaz­ing cabaret-style per­for­mance by the cast of a Broad­way-bound mu­si­cal.”

This year’s fea­tured mu­si­cal is “Tuck Ev­er­last­ing,” adapted from the award-win­ning 1975 novel byNatalie Bab­bitt. Un­der the lead­er­ship of di­rec­tor/chore­og­ra­pher Casey Ni­cholaw (“Book of Mor­mon” and “Aladdin”), mem­bers of the cast and cre­ative team will give Cir­cus guests a sneak peak at this ex­cit­ing new mu­si­cal dur­ing the CCE fundraiser.

The three co-chair­men, along with honorary co-chairs and mother-daugh­ter duo Donna Long andWendy Fritz, are lead­ing a host com­mit­tee which in­cludes Mari­bel Al­varez, Carl Bar­tel, Harry and Gigi Ben­son, Beau and Jackie Breck­en­ridge, Peter Bur­rus, Susie Dwinell, Camila He­lander, Clau­dia He­lander, Vicki and Chris Kel­logg, Sabra Kirk­patrick, Mar­garet Luce, Pamela Miller, Mor­gan O’Con­nor, Pamela O’Con­nor, Jim Pap­pas, Aeyung Park de Melo, Pam Paton, Jil­lian Per­cella, Lisa Rowan, Tyler Sar­gent, Linda Soper, Carol Anne and John Stiglmeier, Bruce Sutka, Butch and Melinda Trucks, Michele Vo­gel and Lyn­neWise Smith.

Spon­sors for Cir­cus in­clude Al­tima In­ter­na­tional, Wilm­ing­ton Trust, Field of Greens, Tito’s Hand­made Vodka and Prov­i­dent Jew­elry.

The Cen­ter for Cre­ative Ed­u­ca­tion (CCE) works with chil­dren from low in­come neigh­bor­hoods, us­ing the arts as a ve­hi­cle to help them un­der­stand sci­ence, math, lit­er­acy and other ar­eas of

Barry Hayes, left, Ch­eryl Gowdy and Mau­r­izio Busa

Bruce He­lander, left, Margie Larkin and Bob Ha­mon

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