SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The City of Springfield asked the George Carden International Children’s Circus to “cease and desist” on Friday after learning of a letter sent to area businesses.
On Saturday, the Circus responded and apologized.
In a statement, the Circus said the wording at the beginning of the letter was “an oversight and mistake on the part of the Carden Circus office.” The statement goes on to apologize for “any misrepresentation that would insinuate” that the Springfield Police and Fire Departments or the City had endorsed or partnered with the Circus.
The Circus said it “is not intending to solicit money” to benefit the SPD or SFD but wanted to raise awareness for the Circus.
View the full news release from the Carden Circus below:
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The City of Springfield asked the Carden International Circus to “cease and desist” or correct the distributed information after it was told citizens were getting phone calls from telemarketers representing the Circus.
According to a news release from the City, the City and the Circus previously agreed that Carden would donate $1 of each ticket sold to the Springfield Police and Fire Departments.
The City says that the letter misleads business owners to think the City is co-hosting the Circus and that this information found in a letter distributed to area businesses — “One dollar ($1.00 from each ticket purchased will be donated directly to Springfield Police & Fire Departments for better equipment and better training for Springfield Police Officers and Fire Department to make Springfield a safer place for every citizen!” — isn’t accurate.
The letter also says the donations would go to “better equipment and better training” for the SPD and to SFD “to make Springfield a safer place for every citizen!”
According to the City, the SPD would use the money for “crime prevention materials” while the SFD would use it for “community risk reduction efforts.”
Telemarketers representing the Circus say they are raising money for Springfield Police, according to the news release, even though the Springfield Police and Fire Departments “do not and cannot raise funds in this manner.”
The City is urging the public to not provide personal information to any unsolicited phone calls and to notify the SPD of misrepresentation on phone calls, letters or marketing materials.
View the letter sent to business owners here.
The City has also received complaints about a telephone survey on trash collection claiming to be from the City Clerk’s office. There is no telephone survey by the City ongoing.