(VIERA, FL) August 28, 2023 – For the Colony Clowns of Indian River Colony Club, clowning is more than just wearing a red nose. Under the direction of founder Louise (LuLU) Carnesale, the group took top honors as Alley of the Year for their community service, at the 40th Annual World Clown Association Convention in Orlando. An “alley” is a clown group or chapter. Held in March, the convention attracted several hundred clowns from ten countries, along with spectators from around the globe. The award criteria included performance for veterans, nursing homes, hospitals, parades and more. The Colony Clowns at Indian River Colony Club perform for various fundraisers and nonprofits, with one and two-hour shows that include comedy skits, music, magic, and more. For more information about the Colony Clowns, call Louise Carnesale at (321) 600-4790.
The Colony Clown’s community service efforts were recognized with their recent win for Alley of the Year. According to the World Clown Association website, “Every year the World Clown Association presents an award to that one special clown Alley that stands above the rest. It is not given lightly to just any Alley.”
The Colony Clowns founder, Louise Carnesale describes the type of community service that garnered her group bragging rights for 2023.
“Our Colony Clowns won for the service they provided this past year,” said Carnesale. “…Service to nursing homes and senior daycare programs, the Red Nose Reader program for underprivileged youth, education for other clowns and the outreach within our own IRCC community. Clowning is more than just a red nose –and the personal rewards for our alley have been many.”
In the 1990’s, Carnesale attended a New York community college which offered clown training.
Shortly after, she joined a Clown Alley and volunteered part time at local hospitals and a facility that cared for children with AIDS, which she continued until her retirement from New York State. A resident of Indian River Colony Club for 10 years, Louise Carnesale spent eight years in the US Air Force, and is married to an Army veteran with a career of 36 years. She won 1st place at the convention in 2019 for her original skit entitled “Heavens Under Construction,” which encouraged people to become believers in something beyond themselves. Mrs. Carnesale has been active as an amateur clown since 2014; “LuLU” is her officially registered clown name.
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