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State Honoree

Robin Hill

Montana

dressed up as a clown and entertained at parties in order to raise money for “Reach,” a non-profit organization that serves mentally disabled adults. Robin’s mother volunteered for years for a group of mentally challenged people, and told Robin repeatedly how helping others is one of the greatest sources of joy. He wanted to help also, and so Robin decided to use his gymnastics and juggling skills to transform himself into “Kid Clown.” He wrote a brochure, got a job at a local party store to gain exposure, and received make-up lessons from a professional clown. Robin designed a costume and collected props, and soon he had bookings at children’s parties and rest homes. Half of the $10 fee Robin charged per party was donated to Reach to offset costs of programs and activities. Robin not only donated money to the organization, but also entertained at parties for the group. “Most people think of happiness as smiles,” said Robin. “I think of happiness as helping others, making others feel good, and giving more than you receive.”