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July 28, 2016

Nonprofit N.Y. Circus to End Holiday Shows as Giving Slides

The Big Apple Circus, a nonprofit troupe whose performances have become a New York holiday fixture, is dropping the annual show after falling well short of an emergency fundraising goal, Bloomberg and The New York Times write.

The 39-year-old organization has pitched its tent behind Lincoln Center annually since 1981 and gave away tens of thousands of tickets a year to low-income families as well as tailoring shows for blind and deaf children. Giving to the group, much of it from Wall Street, never recovered from the 2008 crash, and a $2 million appeal launched last month brought in only $900,000, which circus officials said was not sufficient to put up the big top this year.

Big Apple will use the money to continue its community programs, including visits by clowns and vaudevillians to entertain patients at pediatric hospitals and elder-care centers and small-scale shows to raise money for other charities.