WHO: Gordon and Maggie Hartman, co-founders of ultra-accessible™, fully-inclusive Morgan’s Wonderland theme park; daughter Morgan, who inspired the park and other ventures to help the special-needs community; celebrities, staff members and friends.
WHAT: “Cheers to Ten Years” virtual gala airing on KSAT-12, San Antonio’s ABC affiliate. Viewers can tune in live, online at ksat.com or on Facebook. Or, they can download the KSAT-TV app on their phones, SmartTV, Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV. For more gala details, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com/gala.
WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. CT Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
WHY: To celebrate the unique park’s “Decade of Difference,” share plans for the future and raise funds so non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland can remain in operation and continue to admit everyone with a physical or cognitive disability free of charge.
ETC.: Under normal circumstances, more than 500 Morgan’s Wonderland supporters would fill the park’s Event Center for the annual gala. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the park made the difficult decision to close for the remainder of 2020. Yet hopes are high that reopening can occur early next year just as soon as health authorities give the green light.
Highlights of the virtual gala include Morgan Hartman’s 27th birthday celebration, an Inclusion Fusion Show Choir performance, celebrity cameo appearances from as far away as Hong Kong and Canada, remembrances and sneak peeks into the future. Morgan’s Wonderland, which is completely wheelchair-accessible, features more than 25 attractions including rides, playgrounds and gardens. In its first decade of operation, the park attracted 1.9 million guests from all 50 states and 76 other countries. For more information, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com. The Morgan’s Wonderland Inclusion Foundation (MWIF), which was created to coordinate fundraising, planning and communication among all the Morgan’s Wonderland-associated entities, is presenting the gala. The Morgan’s Wonderland “family” includes Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park, Morgan’s Wonderland Sports, Morgan’s Wonderland Camp and new projects such as The MAC (Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland). For more information, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com/MWIF.
CONTACTS: Nikki Young (210) 495-5888, ext. 1050, or (210) 573-6091 – mobile, or nyoung@MorgansWonderland.com. Or, Becky Thomas (210) 493-2811, or becky@GordonHartman.com.