Busch Gardens Williamsburg said:WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 28, 2017) – Busch Gardens® Williamsburg and Water Country USA® are proud to announce a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia to help provide experiences that matter to area children.
“Kids are very special to us, and we couldn’t have found a better partner than Boys & Girls Clubs,” said park President David Cromwell. “We are excited to kick off this unique collaboration between our guests and team members, and Boys & Girls Clubs to benefit young people in our area.”
The parks are dedicated to enriching the lives of children. Throughout the year, park team members will connect with local Boys & Girls Clubs members to provide meaningful experiences involving different cultures, career opportunities and conservation efforts.
"One of our priorities is to create unique experiences for our Club members, and this partnership provides just that," said President & CEO Hal Smith of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. "We're thankful for this partnership with a local corporation with such a strong community presence."
The park’s landscaping team hosted a garden planting at Busch Gardens earlier this month with members of the organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs Garden, which can be found near the France village, was designed to raise awareness about the partnership and to show children the value of giving back to the community.
“We are absolutely thrilled about the Busch Gardens partnership,” said Kevin Will, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia President & CEO. “Honestly, the opportunity for our kids to do anything outside of their day-to-day is amazing, but Busch Gardens is fantastic. This is a chance for the community to get involved by giving awesome experiences to some awesome kids. This is big.”
Starting April 1, area residents can join the movement in making a difference. When someone buys an annual pass online during the month of April, a ticket to the parks will be donated on their behalf to provide a day of fun to a deserving child. Boys & Girls Clubs will distribute the tickets throughout the year for field trips and in-park educational opportunities.
Cromwell noted this is the first time Busch Gardens and Water Country USA have done such an extensive donation program.
“Not only will our pass buyers get to experience all the fun of our parks, but they can feel proud to make it possible for thousands of young people to have a special day too,” he said.
For more information or to purchase an annual pass, please visit www.buschgardens.com/va or call (757) 229-4386.