WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino helped give nearly 100 foster kids tickets to the 39th annual Royal Hanneford Circus.
The kids will be able to see the show for free thanks to donations of tickets to the Westchester County Department of Social Services for the second year in a row from Titan, the U.S. leader in transit media and a longtime advertising partner of Westchester County.
“The circus and childhood go hand in hand,” said Astorino in a press release. “We are so fortunate that for a second year in a row, we will be able to give our foster families the chance to enjoy this great show for free. I want to again thank Titan and the Royal Hanneford Circus for this generous donation on behalf of our kids.”
Don Allman, Titan's president and chief executive, said the company was happy to donate the tickets so that local foster families could experience a great Westchester tradition.
“Contributing to the community is extremely important to us, and so we’re glad we can give back again this year,” Allman said in the release.
The Theodoropoulos family is one of the families looking forward to the circus. Konstantina and Milton Theodoropoulos became foster parents in July 2012, after being married for 10 years. They have one child Ephraim Seraphim, who was adopted this past Adoption Day, on Nov. 22, 2013. The Theodoropoulos family is ready for Ephraim to have a sibling.
“Ephraim is our child, our son. Now he needs a sibling,” Konstantina Theodoropoulos said. “We are very fortunate and very thankful to our foster care workers, and of course, everyone that has contributed to make our dream of having a family come true. We are excited to enjoy a day at the circus together as a family.”
Department of Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire added his appreciation.
“On behalf of our foster children, I want to thank Titan and the Royal Hanneford Circus for giving our families the chance to participate in the great American tradition of attending the circus as a child," McGuire said. "We look forward to making this an annual tradition in Westchester County.”