Barnum Award Announcement

Barnum Award Announcement

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Proudly Announces The Barnum Award Program!

The Greatest Show On Earth® Celebrates Children Who Give Back to Their Community with Medals and Grants Totaling More Than $150,000!


In conjunction with a two-year celebration of the 200th anniversary of P.T. Barnum’s birth, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is pleased to announce the launch of The Barnum Award, which honors the spirit of the founder of The Greatest Show On Earth® and his inspirational contributions to society by identifying and celebrating children who give back to their own communities in creative, fun, and innovative ways. Nominations can be submitted online at www.thebarnumaward.com.

The Barnum Award program is designed to recognize and support children ages six to 14, who have created social good and enriched their local community through their own inventive and pioneering actions. Award recipients in more than 75 cities throughout the United States will be chosen by a panel of distinguished local luminaries, and will receive award medals and grants to fund future local service projects. Nominees will be judged on the impact of their accomplishments, creativity and innovation, and their inspiration to others relating to their cause. Nominators are required to be over the age of 21, and must fill out a short questionnaire about the child they feel is making a difference in the community.

The Barnum Award debuts as our nation’s leadership asks people to identify needs in their community and engage in meaningful service to create change.

Three award recipients will be chosen from participating cities where Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performs. The Gold Barnum Award Recipient will receive a medallion and a $1,000 grant, the Silver Barnum Award Recipient will receive a medallion and a $750 grant, and the Bronze Barnum Award Recipient will receive a medallion and a $500 grant. Grants are to be used to fund future community service endeavors. Additionally, all three award recipients will be honored at a pre-show award ceremony during the opening night performance of The Greatest Show On Earth® in the show city selected on the nomination.

The deadline for Orlando-area nominations is December 15, 2010.  For more information about
The Barnum Award and how to nominate a child who is making a difference in your community, visit www.thebarnumaward.com.

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