A celebration of J.P. Patches and the man who portrayed him, Chris Wedes, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. Wedes played the iconic Northwest clown for more than 50 years before he died after a long illness on July 22.
Pat Cashman will emcee the event and will be joined by family members and notable "Patches Pals" for a look at what J.P. Patches meant to the Northwest. Doors open at 10 a.m.
The event is free and presented by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with support from the Seattle Center, History House and many "Patches Pals". Seating is first-come, first-served and a suggested $5 donation at the door will benefit Seattle Children's Hospital, a favorite charity of Wedes and his family.
The entire celebration streams live at www.kirotv.com and will be broadcast on KIRO-TV Ch. 7 at 8 p.m. Saturday evening.
Visit jppatches.com for more information.