Southwest FL – The Military Officers Association of Sarasota was treated to a special presentation given by the Circus Arts Conservatory at their July 18th luncheon. Introduced by Ms. Jennifer Mitchell, the Managing Director of the Conservatory, we learned that the organization is focused on giving back to military veterans in partnership with the Patterson Foundation and the Legacy of Valor.
The organization works with youth across Sarasota County in an intergenerational program to connect on a human level with those who served our country. The group does so through educational programs for young people that combine academics, leadership and athletics that is oriented on circus activities. Ms. Mitchell noted that this training translates to performances given at veteran’s homes and care facilities.
She said that the program is currently sponsoring the Summer Circus Spectacular (through August 2nd) at the Historic Asolo Theater in collaboration with the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and a circus summer camp for over 90 children from across the United States.
Ms. Mitchell introduced lunch attendees to students who performed rope tricks, quick change acts, an educational rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the famous 1938 Abbott and Costello routine of ‘Who’s on First.’
It was a thoroughly enjoyable Experience. The performers were given a rousing standing ovation by the audience. Subsequently, President Troy Scott presented the Conservatory with an MOAS honorarium.
MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America.
MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 370,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com