The Bernadette Rama Advincula Juggling Life Hero Award
awarded by Louis De Lauro and Jennifer Slaw
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
All of the Heroes pictured have volunteered at 10 or more Juggling Life programs or events.
All have shown leadership at Juggling Life programs or events.
All are honored because of their commitment to the Juggling Life program and their commitment to helping children.
Bernadette Rama Advincula
Our beloved Bernadette passed away in April of 2011. We miss her greatly.
Jhoanne Bernadette was the star of the documentary Juggling Life, the film that launched the program.
Bern inspired the program founder, Louis De Lauro, to bring volunteers with him to Ronald McDonald Camp in 2005. Full of energy and positive spirit, Bernadette was loved by children.
Juggling Instructor, Event Coordinator, PR Support, Chess Instructor, Juggling Life Inspiration
Ivette is the Art Director of Juggling Life. She is an artist and a scholar.
She loves kids and kids love her!
Art Director, Art Instructor, Safety Supervisor, Dance Instructor, Dancer in Performances,
Juggling Instructor, Face Painter
Ingrid is an Air Force nurse! Our program misses her warmth, leadership, and talent. She makes everyone around her better.
Juggling Instructor, Devil Sticks Instructor, Chess Instructor
A natural performer, Jason is also a strong instructor. His diverse skills and wonderful sense of humor make events more fun for everyone.
Juggling Instructor, Devil Stick and Diabolo Instructor, and Chess Instructor
Craig is a very talented instructor and juggler. Craig demonstrated great enthusiasm at events. Today, Craig is an award winning prop designer specializing in specialty props for jugglers with special needs.
Juggling Instructor, Diabolo and Devil Sticks Instructor, Juggler in Performances, Chess Instructor
One of our all‐time favorite instructors is now a pilot. Greg is a master communicator and a fine juggler.
Juggling Instructor, Show Choreographer
Funny, smart, and kind, Mohamed loves Juggling Life. He not only does a super job working with kids, but on many occasions he has been there to help other volunteers behind the scenes. Mohamed is our tech support and he's a fine juggler and chess instructor.
Juggling Instructor, Chess Instructor, Tech Support, Safety Supervisor
He has been taking photos since the beginning. When he's not taking photos, he's interacting with the kids and our staff. Tim is always seeking out the people who need support or maybe just a little positive attention. He's a force in the program and a great man.
Photographer, Safety Supervisor, Juggling Instructor, Actor
When Ben Saltzman made the documentary Juggling Life, he commented, "Bryan's art deserves its own documentary." Bryan has been sharing his art and juggling skills with children for many years now with Juggling Life. He's one of our stars!
Art Director, Art Support, Face Painter, Juggling Instructor
Ryan Gallagher is an inspiration. He plays cello, electric, bass, and several other instruments. He juggles, devil sticks, performs with poi. He's zany, fun, and very kind. Juggling Life loves him.
Musician, Juggling performer, Juggling and Chess Instructor
Tyler Katarsky was our most dedicated volunteer attending more than 50 events. We lost Tyler in 2016, but his spirit and kind way lives on in every Juggling Life volunteer.
Tyler Katarsky unicycled and balanced things on his face. He balanced unicycles and ladders and everything under the sun. Tyler was kind and sweet and great with kids.
Unicyclist, Juggling Performer, One-Man Show, Juggling Instructor
Vicki has provided tech support and sound at many events. She also juggles really well and teaches juggling well. She's hard working, fun to be around and everyone at Juggling Life loves and appreciates her!
Tech Support, Sound engineer, Juggling Instructor, and performer
Lauren plays music, spins poi, and juggles. She's great with kids! And she's volunteered at nearly 40 events. She is truly one of our all-stars!
Poi Instructor, Juggling Instructor, and performer