CIRCUS SAINTS AND SINNERS CLUB OF AMERICA
BOB PRINCE TENT | PITTSBURGH, PA
ENTERTAINMENT FOR A CAUSE
The History of The Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America
The Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America is a charitable organization that got it's start back in the late 1920's. A writer for the New York World (later to become the New York Times), who covered circuses at Madison Square Garden, came upon an overworked 80-year old wagon driver sprawled out upon a bed of hay. He was too exhausted and weak to even move. The writer, Freddie Benham, asked him, "Why don't you quit?" The gentleman sadly responded, "There is no place for old circus folk like me to go."
This was the inspiration for the beginning of the Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America. Freddie Benham was the club's first national president of the group which provided financial assistance to elderly, down trodden circus performers.
With the lack of this demographic in need in recent decades, the club evolved into a modern non-profit philanthropic organization benefitting a wide variety of charitable organizations over the years.
Our local Pittsburgh "Tent" got its start in 1949 as a businessman luncheon club that met at the William Penn Hotel. This club, known as the Pittsburgh Humpty Association, was started by James T. Shea and Joseph J. New. Four years later, in 1953, they applied for affiliation with the national Circus Saints and Sinners Club and a charter was granted for the new "Humpty Tent". This was the 14th installment of the club since it's founding.
Local sports icon Bob Prince, long-time broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a deeply involved member. In 1985, out of appreciation for all of the service that the "Gunner" provided, the Pittsburgh chapter was re-named "The Bob Prince Tent".
Since the conception of this organization, men have gathered together to enjoy evenings of fun, food, and drink while being acquainted with old friends and meeting new ones. Each year, profits created from the functions have been generously given to numerous local charities. We ask you to be numbered with us and enjoy great times as we continue our rich tradition of giving to the less fortunate.
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Pittsburgh, PA 15234
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