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UH Engineering Staff Member David Dawlearn Clowns Around For A Cause

UH chemical engineering lab machinist David Dawlearn clowns around at last year's ABC13 and the March of Dimes Annual Caring Cradles.
UH chemical engineering lab machinist David Dawlearn clowns around at last year's ABC13 and the March of Dimes Annual Caring Cradles.

David Dawlearn, lab machinist in the University of Houston Department of Chemical Engineering, spends his spare time "clowning around" for local causes.

Last month, Dawlearn joined ABC Channel 13 and the March of Dimes for the 11th annual Caring Cradles community-wide baby shower.

"I love to make people smile," says Dawlearn, who has been clowning around on the side for 13 years.

In full clown attire, he provided entertainment for Houstonians who dropped by to donate new or gently used baby items. The March of Dimes distributes donations collected in Houston to designated clinics and prenatal health agencies to encourage women to get prenatal care and well baby care.

Dawlearn is a member of the Cheerful Clown Alley, a nonprofit organization that supports volunteer organizations through the art of clowning. He has also participated recently in the Lighthouse Cooking Team and Special Olympics Sports Carnival.

Catch him this fall growing a long white beard to play Santa during the Christmas holidays.

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