Tilt-a-whirls, roller coasters, family and fun. These were some of the notable highlights from The Amusement Park at Heritage Square fundraising event on September 28th. The Amusement Park at Heritage Square welcomed wish families and supporters to the amusement park to celebrate community and family time while raising money to grant wishes. The Amusement Park at Heritage Square donated $10,000 worth of passes to Make-A-Wish Colorado kids and their families to provide an end-of-summer celebration.
Alan, Heritage Square owner, hosts community events once a year for organizations across Colorado but he felt like the Make-A-Wish fundraising event was extra special. Alan has kids of his own and said he was, “thrilled to see the wish kids and families really enjoying themselves. I was happy to be able to give back to the community and offer a time for families to connect and have a carefree outing.”
A few extra surprises for wish families and park guests including stilt walkers, face painters and balloon artists were part of the day's festivities. The Amusement Park at Heritage Square was still open to the general public and for every purchased park pass on the 28th, the Amusement Park at Heritage Square donated $3 for each regular price Unlimited Pass to Make-A-Wish Colorado.
Approximately 65 Make-A-Wish families were given tickets courtesy of Heritage Square Park. One wish kid who attended the event was Akian, age 8, who visited Heritage Square with his mother, father and two siblings. Jessica, Akian’s mom, said that her favorite part of the day was, “watching Akian play and hang out for the day. There are a lot of things he is limited in doing, so being able to see him interact with the family and ride the attractions was a very fulfilling experience.” Jessica also said how great it was to go to an event where other wish families are. She felt that all families there had a mutual understanding and appreciation for one another. Although her family did not directly interact with other wish families she said, “just seeing (other wish families) was enough.”
Naomi, age 6, and her family had very vivid memories from the event. The children, in particular, loved all the rides that Heritage Square Park had to offer. When, Eli, Naomi’s father asked Naomi and her five siblings what their favorite ride was, each child ambitiously yelled out their answer. Jessica and her siblings definitely loved the tilt-a-wheel and teacups because they spun around. The family said it was a “wonderful outing” and great to spend time together.
Jamie, age 9, also attended the Heritage Square Park event with her siblings and father. Above all, the experience was a time for the family to connect. The family felt very thankful and said, “it means so much when the community reaches out to us. The family so appreciates events like this and time spent together.”
Make-A-Wish Colorado thanks The Amusement Park at Heritage Square for providing free tickets to wish families and helping the organization raise money to grant wishes.