1% Raised of $5,000 Goal
Support our mission by creating your own fundraiser. Smiles Unlimited is an inter-denominational clown ministry committed to excellence in clowning in nursing homes, health-care facilities, hospitals, handicap facilities, prisons and wherever the healing power of humor can best serve those in need.
Smiles Unlimited was founded by the late Donald "Ski" Berkoski, who in 1982 became a clown as an unorthodox way to communicate with prisoners. He then transformed into a "tramp clown," a down-on-his-luck character who looks like he's been riding the rails or working in coal mines. So encouraged by the inmates' response, Berkoski founded Valparaiso, Indiana based Smiles Unlimited Universal Clown Ministry to train others in the art of spiritual clowning, while upholding to the highest standards of traditional clowning.
Sadly as fate would have it, in 2000 we lost our beloved "Ski" to a battle against prostate cancer and since then his wife, son and daughter, along with thousands of clowns around the country trained by "Ski" himself, continue his lifelong dream and wishes to make others happy, especially those who somehow lost their smile.
Yes, we do create jobs! Our Smiles Unlimited certified training course has graduated more than 5,000 clowns. Many of which have launched their own clowning ventures aside from supporting our charity with funding and as volunteers, donating their time and efforts purely as a labor of love, to help cheer up those in need, with a smile, a hug or a shoulder for comfort.
Smiles Unlimited welcomes all humans who wish to help make the world a better place through the spiritual healing power of laughter.