Send a Clown to Costa Rica

Performer hoping to play for poorest kids

Emily Ellison, a music therapist at MidHudson Regional Early Education Center/Preschool for Children with Special Needs in Poughkeepsie who often performs in Beacon, is raising funds to join the clown doctor Patch Adams on a trip to entertain the children in a poor neighborhood in Costa Rica.

Emily Ellison

Emily Ellison

The Gesundheit! Institute, founded in 2006 by Adams (who was portrayed in a 1998 film by Robin Williams), focuses on “humanitarian clowning” and community development focused on health care. The institute organizes eight trips a year. Ellison has raised about $700 of $2,000 needed for airfare and the purchase of simple musical instruments and trinkets to share with the children. Donations can be made at or by sending a check to Emily Ellison, P.O. Box 103, Chelsea, NY 12512.

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