Manhasset Circus Captivates Town


The skies were overcast, but the smiles were sunny for the 13th Annual Manhasset Children’s Circus. This yearly Rotarian event brings together the Manhasset, Great Neck and Port communities to come and enjoy the entertainment of a one ring extravaganza produced by the Zerbini Circus.  Click here for photos.
Ringmaster Robby Donno serves as Master of Ceremonies. The demand is so extraordinary that the Rotary had to make two shows, one at 4:45 p.m. and another two hours later. The field is alive with children on ponies and camel backs.  A bouncing castle sets the stage for fun. Meanwhile sponsors, including Douglas Elliman, Coach, Laffey and Daniel Gale, just to name a few, sponsors handed-out balloons and other goodies.
The participants were hosted by a group of humble citizens trying to make the world an amazing, exotic place to experience, and experience they did.
Don DeWitt was the architect of this children’s circus, which he created in 2001 when he served as president of Manhasset’s Rotary Club. He wanted to give Manhasset’s children something to smile about in the aftermath of 9/11.
The Manhasset Rotary meets at Pearl East Restaurant every Tuesday. The group is a conglomeration of retired and active professionals coming together to make a difference in their communities. These individuals are friends, neighbors, and community leaders uniting together to make a lasting change for the common good. For information about joining, please contact Esther Miller at 516-627-3453 or email  or Dick Law at 516-633-7686.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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