Busch Gardens Williamsburg partners with Boys & Girls Clubs to ‘Buy a Pass, Donate a Ticket’

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA have just announced a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. This exciting project will help provide unique, educational and fun experiences for area children.

During the month of April, the “Buy a Pass, Donate a Ticket” program allows you to provide a day of fun for a child. Whenever someone buys an annual pass online during the month of April, a ticket to the parks will be donated on their behalf to a deserving child. Boys & Girls Clubs will distribute the tickets throughout the year for field trips and in-park educational opportunities.

From the press release …

“Kids are very special to us, and we couldn’t have found a better partner than Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Busch Gardens 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.”

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA are dedicated to enriching the lives of children through special programs and animal encounters. Throughout the year, park team members will connect with local Boys & Girls Clubs members to provide 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 and 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.

Busch Gardens’ landscaping team hosted a garden planting session earlier this month with members of the organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs Garden, which is located near the France village, was designed to raise awareness about this new partnership and to show children the value of giving back to the community.

Boys & Girls Clubs

A leader in youth development since 1946, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula serves more than 1,100 youth daily in 13 clubs located in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Mathews and York County. The club offers a safe place to learn and grow with programs in five core areas:

  • Character and leadership development
  • Education and career development
  • Health and life skills
  • The arts
  • Sports, recreation and fitness

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia serves more than 3,000 kids in seven cities, and it provides quality and affordable after school care for students ages 6-18.

“We are absolutely thrilled about the Busch Gardens partnership,” said Kevin Will, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia President and 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.”

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,” said Busch Gardens Park President David Cromwell.

Busch Gardens 2017 Events

  • Food & Wine Festival – May 26 – July 2
  • Busch Gardens Summer Nights – July and August
  • Bier Fest – September 1-17
  • Howl-O-Scream – September 23 – October 29
  • Christmas Town – November 24 – January 1, 2018

In addition to a full line-up of special events and exciting shows, Busch Gardens will soon unveil its newest, and first, wooden roller coaster, InvadR.

For more information and to purchase a Busch Gardens annual pass, please visit buschgardens.com/va.

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