A public celebration of the life and legacy of J.P. Patches, played for more than 50 years by Chris Wedes of Edmonds, is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8 at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.
Wedes died July 22 after a long illness. He was 84.
He portrayed the beloved clown on KIRO-TV from 1958 to 1981 and at countless community events since.
The memorial celebration will be emceed by TV and radio personality Pat Cashman, joined onstage by Wedes family members and other notable “Patches Pals.”
Admission at the 2,900-seat hall will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with a suggested $5 donation going to Seattle Children’s Hospital, a favorite charity of J.P. and the Wedes family.
Program details will follow later at www.jppatches.com.