Second annual event at Canada's Wonderland is a memorial to a visionary
woman who brought joy to generations of children.
VAUGHAN, ON, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Every child deserves love and joy, and days
that are truly special to laugh and play and this Sunday, August 24, thousands
of children will experience such a day at Canada's Wonderland and its sister
Cedar Fair parks across the United States.
As a very special tribute to her mother's love for children, Pati
Slesinger, daughter of Shirley Slesinger Lasswell who passed away last year,
will honor her mother with "A Day to Laugh and Play". "My mother, who was more
famously known for her association with Winnie the Pooh and other characters,
was brought up in the Depression and there were times in her life when she had
nothing, but she lifted herself up out of poverty and made it her life's goal
to bring smiles and joy to children. I'm just stepping into her very beautiful
shoes that come with some very profound marching orders," said Ms. Slesinger
Lasswell of the second annual event.
"A Day to Laugh and Play" reaches underprivileged kids of all cultures
and backgrounds by hosting them to a day of good old fashioned fun at Canada's
Wonderland in Vaughan; Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park; Cedar Point in Ohio;
Carowinds in North Carolina, Michigan's Adventure, and Soak City in Chula
Vista. Children in the Toronto area will come from Native Youth and Family
Services of Toronto, the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, and the
Children's Aid Foundation of York Region. In the United States, children will
be coming from state agencies and grass root organizations such as Children's
Services of Los Angeles, Detroit and Toledo; A Child's Place and Youth Homes
Inc. in North Carolina; and Minnesota State Adoption Resource Network, to name
a few. In all, 3,500 children are anticipated to be a part of this special day
which will also include lunch from Ms. Slesinger.
"In a very personal way, sharing my mother's love directly with the kids
she served is a way to ease the grieving process. We are planting the seeds so
that her love will grow and light the way for every child to laugh and play,"
said Ms. Slesinger.
Canada's Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment
Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New
York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN." In addition to Canada's
Wonderland, Cedar Fair owns and operates eleven other amusement parks, five
water parks, one indoor water park resort, and six hotels. Cedar Fair also
owns and operates Star Trek: The Experience, an interactive adventure located
in Las Vegas, and operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy,
California under a management contract.
EDS: Media wishing to attend "A Day to Laugh and Play" and/or interview
with a Park spokesperson are encouraged to attend on Sunday August 24, 2008
from 9am-1pm. Please make arrangements in advance with Dineen Beaven at
905-832-7482 or via email at email@example.com.
For further information:
For further information: Dineen Beaven, (905) 832-7482,
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