Circus Saints & Sinners Club of America, Inc is a national charitable organization that raises money for local charities and has fun doing it.
Where most social or fraternal organizations have chapters, the Saints and Sinners’ groups are called “tents” in reference to the canvas tent used to house the audience at a circus performance.
The club is a non-sectarian, non-political association of successful business and professional men with a four-fold purpose: to perpetuate the cause of entertainment in the spirit of its earliest form—the circus; promote good fellowship; contribute to worthy charities and to have fun.
Metaphorically speaking, the members—due to their human imperfections—represent “Sinners,” who strive to be “Saints” of mercy by helping those less fortunate.
In the early years, the focus was on providing aid to indigent and aged circus troupers in need of financial assistance. However, because of the decline of the traditional traveling circus, the tents now contribute to a multitude of recognized worthy charitable organizations.
The club’s origins date back to 1926 when a small group of circus enthusiasts in New York City founded the Circus Fans Association of America. In 1929, several of them resigned their membership and formed the Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America.