SHIVER ME TIMBERS! LEGOLAND® NEW YORK’S “EVENING TO TREASURE” RAISES MORE THAN $30,000 FOR CHARITY
Money Will Help Create Merlin’s Magic Spaces, Including One at HONOR
GOSHEN, NY (July 20, 2019) – Ahoy mateys! Sea dogs and buccaneers from across the Hudson Valley set sail for Villa Venezia in Middletown to help LEGOLAND® New York Resort raise more than $30,000 in its second annual gala, “An Evening to Treasure.” The total was three times that of LEGOLAND New York’s first gala in 2018.
All proceeds from the swashbuckling pirate-themed event will benefit Merlin’s Magic Wand, a 501(c)(3) charity that makes fun accessible to children facing illness, disability or adversity around the world. The money will help support the creation of Merlin’s Magic Spaces, such as the one being created at HONOR in Middletown, New York.
In that project, which is expected to be complete in fall 2019, LEGOLAND New York Resort and its construction partners will transform a conference room into a DUPLO® play area and LEGO® movie theater.
“We have a great relationship with HONOR and we’re proud to support them in their mission to help children and families throughout Orange County and the Hudson Valley,” said LEGOLAND New York Director of Development Phil Royle.
“When children are unable to experience the fun of a Merlin attraction because of life circumstances, Merlin’s Magic Wand brings the fun to them,” said Merlin’s Magic Wand Operations Manager USA Tracie Hogencamp. “We have also helped more than half a million children experience Magical Days Out at Merlin attractions around the world.”
Saturday’s gala was made possible with the participation of student volunteers from Monroe-Woodbury High School, past and present students from Minisink Valley High School, and alumni from the BOCES Including Communities program.
LEGOLAND New York Resort will be the largest LEGOLAND theme park Merlin Entertainments has ever built, with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions on 150 acres.
About Merlin Entertainments plc
Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe’s number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 130 attractions, 19 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its 67 million guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its 28,000 employees (peak season).
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