Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nominate West Michigan Children Making a Difference for THE BARNUM AWARD!

In honor of one of the founders of The Greatest Show On Earth®, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® announces the call for West Michigan Area nominations for The Barnum Award.

The award honors the spirit of P.T. Barnum and his inspirational contributions to society by identifying and celebrating children age six to 14 who give back to their own communities in creative, fun, and innovative ways. Nominations now being accepted for West Michigan area children can be submitted online at through Sept. 3.

Three local award recipients will be chosen by a panel of distinguished local luminaries, and will receive award medals and grants to fund future local service projects. The Gold Barnum Award Recipient will receive a $1,000 grant, the Silver Barnum Award Recipient will receive a $750 grant, and the Bronze Barnum Award Recipient will receive a $500 grant to fund future community service endeavors.

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 West Michigan recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony prior to the start of the opening night performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents ZING, ZANG, ZOOM® on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena®, where the show will perform through Sunday, Sept. 19.

The Barnum Award is a national program presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in conjunction with a two-year celebration of the 200th anniversary of P.T. Barnum’s birth. Nationally, more than $150,000 in grants will be awarded.

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Broadway Grand Rapids to Offer Individual Ticket Sales for Five Shows Beginning Monday, September 20th

Broadway Grand Rapids will begin offering individual tickets sales for five shows beginning Monday, September 20th at 10AM on Pre-sales begin September 13th for EClub members. The Broadway Grand Rapids EClub is open to the public by signing up at

Shows to be on-sale include LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL ~ November 23-28, 2010, NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS ~ February 15, 2011, THE ALUMINUM SHOW ~ February 20, 2011, CHICAGO ~ May 10th-11th, 2011 and STOMP ~ May 20-22, 2011.

Individual tickets to GREASE ~ March 1-6, 2011 and SHREK THE MUSICAL ~ June 21-26, 2011 will not be included in this on-sale event, but are currently available as part of a series subscription package. Subscription packages are still available and may be purchased by calling 616-235-6285.

Broadway Grand Rapids tickets are available at the DeVos Performance Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations, or via phone at 1-800-745-3000. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling 616-742-6185. For more information on the Fifth Third Bank Broadway Grand Rapids series visit