Shriners’ Donation of 5,000 Tickets Make Circus a Reality for Area Youth


Contact: Tracey Stratton
Phone: 228-0900, E-mail:

opeka, Kan. – At 10 a.m., Friday, January 24, the Arab Shrine of Topeka will present 5,000 Arab Shrine Circus tickets to the United Way of Greater Topeka. The donation will take place at the United Way of Greater Topeka office, 1315 S.W. Arrowhead Road. The tickets, with a retail value of roughly $50,000, will allow area children to enjoy the circus.

“Children especially enjoy all that the circus has to offer, and we want to make sure that area kids have the opportunity to attend the circus in Topeka,” said Chris Lewis, Arab Shrine of Topeka assistant rabban, and one of this year’s organizers of the circus. “We are proud to be able to make this donation of tickets to the United Way and their affiliated member agencies.”

According to Miriam Krehbiel, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Topeka, “Children grow up reading books and watching cartoons about the circus. This generous donation of tickets from the Arab Shrine Circus ensures that many children who might otherwise never have a chance to see a live circus can enjoy one of life’s great experiences for a child and their family.”

The 75th annual Arab Shrine Circus takes place in Topeka on February 20-23, and will include a trapeze act, tigers, elephants, prancing ponies, plus many other exciting acts.

Part of the Shriners’ mission is a commitment to providing attractive, quality programs and services for families and friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship and social camaraderie. In keeping with their mission, the Shriners’ donation of 5,000 tickets to the United Way of Greater Topeka will allow children served by the many United Way agencies and member partners in Topeka and the surrounding communities to attend the 75th annual show.


NOTE: Tickets will be distributed through local agencies that serve children. They will not be available directly through United Way.