DR HuggaBubbe a/k/a Aviva Gorstein Honored by World Clown Association
March 28, 2011
On March 28, 2011, the World Clown Association honored DR HuggaBubbe/Aviva Gorstein with a certificate for "Distinguished Service on the World Clown Association's Caring Clown Committee and for bringing smiles to a world in need". The proclamation was presented at the World Clown Association's Convention in New York City and was signed by the Association's two past presidents, Aurora Krause and Dr. Richard Snowberg.
George DR Bumper "T" Edwards Honored by World Clown Association
March 28, 2011
For Immediate Release—George "DR Bumper 'T'" Edwards of Barrington New Jersey, a national leader in Caring Clowning, has been honored by World Clown Association for his contributions to the field.
Edwards was cited for "Distinguished Service on the World Clown Association's Caring Clown Committee and for bringing smiles to a world in need" in a proclamation signed by two past presidents of the World Clown Association, Aurora "BeBop" Krause and Dr. Richard Snowberg.
Caring clowns are specially trained to visit hospitals, nursing homes, Alzheimer's units, hospice facilities and a variety of special publics.
As Bumper "T" Clown, Edwards has been a leader in caring clowning for the past 30 years. He is the founder of “Bumper 'T' Caring Clowns, Inc., a not for profit organization that currently is composed of more than 125 caring clowns serving 26 facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
In 2008, the Bumper "T" Caring Clowns were given the "Governor's Award" for the most innovative volunteer program in the state of New Jersey.
In 1999, he received the "Klowniterian of the Year Award" (Clown of the Year) from the Mid-Atlantic Clown Association for giving a helping hand over the years to anyone who needed it. In October of 2004 Bumper "T" Clown was honored by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International by being named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given to further the understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world. For the past 12 years, his home and support base has been the Cooper Health System in Camden, New Jersey.
Bumper "T" Caring Clowns Receive New Jersey Governor's Volunteer Award
Bumper “T” Caring Clown founder George Edwards accepts the 2008 Governor’s Volunteer Award in the Most Innovative Category on behalf of all the Caring Clowns who volunteer at Shore Memorial Hospital and hospitals throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The Bumper “T” Caring Clowns stand outside Drumthwacket, the Governor’s mansion. The Caring Clowns, a lively bunch of individuals who use gentle humor and therapeutic clowning to promote healing and well-being among patients and their family members at Shore Memorial Hospital and other hospitals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and across the country received the 2008 Governor’s Volunteer Award in the Most Innovative category. November 14, 2008
Although they have caring hearts and a desire to help others, the similarities between Bumper “T” Caring Clowns and the hospital’s regular volunteers end there. The Bumper “T” Caring Clowns are a lively bunch of individuals whose main goal is using gentle humor and therapeutic clowning to promote healing and well-being in patients, family members and employees.
The Bumper “T” Caring Clowns recently received the 2008 Governor’s Volunteer Award in the Most Innovative category. This award recognizes an individual or group that applies non-traditional and innovative approaches that significantly enhance volunteerism and that can be replicated and adapted by other agencies. In addition to the eight New Jersey hospitals serviced by Bumper “T” Caring Clowns, volunteers can also be found at numerous hospital across the nation.
Bumper “T” Caring Clown founder George Edwards has been sharing the medicine of laughter for 30 years. He accepted the award on behalf of all the individuals who volunteer their time as a Caring Clown. He encourages anyone interested in clowning to participate in the program and not to be intimidated by the aspect of being funny or feeling obligated to joke around all the time. “You don’t have to be funny. You just have to be yourself,” he says.
In order to become a Bumper T Caring Clown, individuals undergo a training period where they learn special sensitivity training for working in a hospital setting and how to be good listeners. Graduates of the program receive their honorary degrees as funnyboneologists and a new clown name. To become a Bumper T Caring Clown go to the Volunteering section under "Contact Us."