"Anyone who does anything to help a child in this life is a hero to me."
-- Fred Rogers
At Idlewild & SoakZone, we agree with our late friend Mister Rogers. That's what the Tickets for Children's Charities program is all about...helping others make a difference in the lives of children.
This program helps to provide lasting memories of summer fun to disadvantaged children and/or children with disabilities by providing tickets to the organizations directly serving them. Since 1992, the Kennywood family of parks in Western Pennsylvania - Kennywood, Idlewild & SoakZone, and Sandcastle - have donated nearly 300,000 days of fun.
Each year, a rotating committee accepts donation requests from September 1 through January 31, reviews those requests in February, and awards the tickets in March for the upcoming summer season from an allotment designated for the Tickets for Children's Charities program. The requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received. (Requests received after Jan 31. will still be accepted and reviewed, but may only be awarded if there are tickets remaining in the alotted ticket pool.)
Please understand that Idlewild & SoakZone receives several hundred charitable donation requests each month. While our hearts go out to all charities and their dedicated work, we unfortunately cannot award tickets for every request. Therefore, since 1993, Idlewild began limiting ticket donations to charities specifically benefiting disadvantaged or disabled children.
For more than a century, Idlewild & SoakZone has worked to provide the finest in fun and entertainment for children, families and groups. To do so we've teamed with schools, churches, ethnic groups, communities and social service providers. This has been, and will continue to be, our mission.