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Circus Ring of Fame Foundation announces Awards Ceremony Inductees

The Feb. 4, 2023, event will take place under the big top in Nathan Benderson Park.


Sailor Circus' Kaylee Dutkiewicz performs high above the circus ring.
Sailor Circus' Kaylee Dutkiewicz performs high above the circus ring.
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The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation has announced four inductees to the Circus Ring of Fame Class of 2023. 

The Circus Ring of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the art and culture of circus throughout their career. The Ring of Fame has more than 150 inductees from around the world as a way to honor distinguished circus art performers and the circus heritage of the Sarasota area.

Honorees are nominated by the public and voted by former inductees, historians, scholars and knowledgeable members of the global circus community.

In a press release, Circus Ring of Fame Foundation Chair Bill Powell stated, “After a worldwide positive response to the 2022 awards ceremony, the Foundation received a large influx of candidate submissions for the upcoming year.”

The 2023 Circus Ring of Fame inductees are the following:


Peggy Williams 

Peggy Williams’ contributions to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and the circus industry literally made history. In 1970, Peggy became the first female graduate of Clown College to perform in The Greatest Show On Earth. In 1980, she was the company’s first female performance director. Peggy also worked to create Ringling’s Department of Educational Services. Under her leadership, Circusworks was created and gained national attention as it was taught in classrooms nationwide.


The Alexis Brothers

Marco and Paulo Lorador have performed their artistic hand balancing to millions of fans worldwide including the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The Alexis Brothers have been featured in The Greatest Show On Earth and Cirque du Soleil where they headlined the Mystere show at Treasure Island Resort for 25 years.


Jeanette Williams 

Jeanette’s heritage is from Germany’s famous Circus Williams family. She performed with liberty horses and multiple animals in Europe and in the USA with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Jeanette produced her own show in America and became a prominent agent for circus arts talent.


Father Jerry Hogan

Father Hogan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston for 46 years, served for three decades as the national “Circus Chaplain” under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Father Jerry frequently traveled ministering to different circus troupes and performers. He was a fixture in the circus community, presiding over weddings, baptisms and memorial services and counseling his large flock. Father Jerry was loved by many.

The induction ceremony will take place 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, in the Circus Sarasota Big Top located at Nathan Benderson Park Regatta Center. Tickets are available through Eventbrite here.

 

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Dariela Delgado

Dariela is the Sarasota community reporter for the Observer. After graduating from Florida State University with degrees in English and education, she’s been a writer and an editor for publications in Tallahassee and Sarasota. In her free time she gives violin lessons.

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