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A circus event at Club 1202: Raising money for a good cause

Being loved is part of being human; everyone is different and so are the perspectives on love. It is universal.

Everyone knows the feeling and understands the concept. We all want to be loved and to give love back. Being loved has indescribable emotions that everyone connects with no matter the age, race, gender, economic status or world they live in.

As a therapist, I am always looking at how people need support, love and a sense of community. I created the #BeingLOVEDIs project in July 2012 as an effort to learn and capture what love looks like to people around the San Diego community and the world. The project became bigger than I ever imagined and I am now on a mission over the next year (or longer) to find out what being loved means to as many people as possible.

I have several worlds that I want to bridge together to create something great. I decided to blend my passion for trapeze, my #beinglovedis project, and my love to help others. I have been fortunate enough through my business to make great connections and meet influential people to make this possible.

I’ve decided to create a circus event to help raise money for a charity that is dear to my heart, Christie’s Place. This non-profit organization is a place that provides “comprehensive HIV/AIDS education, support, and advocacy to women, children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS.” A few years ago I made a documentary called “Living Without A Label” at Christie’s Place, and I think it is a great charity in San Diego.

I have teamed up with San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and Club 1202 to put on a fun event to raise money for Christie’s Place on Friday, Jan. 18. Come out 10 pm at 1202 in Hillcrest for raffle prizes, circus performances and relationship fortune tellers.

The circus performances include trapeze, silks, Spanish web, juggling, fire eating, hoops, contortionists, crystal reading/tarot card reading, hand-balancing acts, hammock, mime act and more. Aerial Revolution, an aerial training studio, is providing some of the acrobats and aerialists to perform. Otherwise Entertainment is bringing aerial acrobatics and character.

A photo booth will be available for people to become part of the #BeingLOVEDIs project (with circus themed props of course). Another added touch is relationship fortune teller/therapist to provide relationship advice and you can ask the therapist relationship questions. This brings everything full circle; adding a hit of my Shrink Wrap column on SDGLN, where I answer relationship advice.

All proceeds raised will benefit Christie’s Place. Everyone is welcome – so tell your friends and please join us for a night of breathtaking performances, meeting some great people, and helping a very special cause!

Jennine Estes is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in San Diego with a private practice in Mission Valley. She has appeared as a Relationship Expert in Redbook Magazine, Martha Stewart Publications' Whole Living Magazine, Social Work Today Magazine, local San Diego news stations, and more. To learn more relationship advice from the author Jennine Estes MFC#47653, visit her relationship column Relationships in the Raw or her new San Diego Couples Therapy website.