February 24, 2011 on 5:20 pm | In Employee Adventures, Giving Back | No Comments
Triathlon is very important to us, and so is our community. Occasionally, an opportunity within our community comes along that has nothing to do with triathlon, but the message is so powerful that we can’t say no. The Executive Clown Corps is one of those opportunities. We got involved with this organization a few years ago and it has been extremely rewarding. The Executive Clown Corps is a group of executives who take some time out of their lives to don clown make-up and costumes and do their best to add a little fun to the lives of sick children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The latest event was actually to honor the employees of PCH for their efforts at raising funds to help pay for the expansion of the hospital. We dressed as mimes and served up delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts to the staff as they awaited the announcement of the final tally and the winning department. Some of the kids did come down to visit, as well. I spoke a little with Leyla Marie Falcon, a young lady fighting a tumor in her brain, and she was in great spirits!
One of PHC’s long-time patients, Richard, gave a speech thanking the staff for the devoted care through his battle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It was a great event to honor the staff that takes such good care of so many sick children. A large heart was also constructed for everyone to write their Valentine’s wishes for all of the children. Overall, the staff raised $356,951.00! Looking forward to our next “clowning around” event!