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Did You See A Camel At Memorial Field?

While the Coalition Against Substance Abuse Committee was sequestered in the board room on the third floor of the high school, three camels were having a snack under the trees at Memorial Field by the commuter parking lot.  Their friends included two shetland ponies. The motley crew of beasts were part of the Zerbini Circus, which had come to town at the behest of the Manhasset Rotary Club. Free to all children under the age of 12. The circus is a one-ring spectacular presentation of feats defying the imagination, now in its thirteenth year—and the kids love it!

Don DeWitt is 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. Sadly, he passed away a few weeks ago.

Ringmaster Bobby 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 camelbacks.  A bouncing castle sets the stage for fun. Meanwhile sponsors, including Douglas Elliman, raffled off an iPad and 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.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .