In a collaborative effort between Splish Splash Water Park and Jovia Financial Credit Union, 100 children, parents and caregivers were given free admission to the water park on August 16, 2022. In addition, each event attendee was provided with a voucher to purchase food and drinks within the park. The children and their families met representatives of Splish Splash and Jovia at the park for a photo before they entered the park for a carefree day of fun and adventure.
In planning this special event, Splish Splash and Jovia partnered with two local not-for-profit children’s organizations. Seventy-five of the event’s attendees were chosen by KiDS NEED MORE (Motivational Recovery Environments, Inc.), a charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families and young adults coping with life-threatening illness and trauma. The other 25 attendees were chosen by La de Justicia Foundation, an organization which provides educational and support services to underserved youth and their families to develop strong, educated, and visionary communities in Suffolk County.
“These are economically stressful times for many families on Long Island, especially for financial- and health-challenged families that are adversely impacted by inflation and increased living costs,” said Rich Tavarez, Community Relations Officer, Jovia Financial Credit Union. “Jovia teamed up with Splish Splash to lift some of the budget-related burdens that usually go along with planning a family outing. With expenses covered, the most difficult decision of the day should be which exciting ride to tackle first at Splish Splash, or whether they want a hotdog or a hamburger at the concession stand.”
“We are happy to be working with Jovia so that our ticket donation to these two organizations will allow children to enjoy an amazing experience at our park,” said Mike Bengtson, General Manager, Splish Splash. “Both Jovia and Splish Splash share the same philosophy of being a good corporate citizen and giving back to our local Long Island community is very important to us both. As a family destination, nothing makes us happier than seeing the smiles on the faces of children. We look forward to seeing them and providing them with a fun and memorable day.’’
Along with the food and refreshment vouchers, Jovia will be providing each attendee with a string backpack and Jovia water bottle. As part of Jovia’s efforts to help build up and support financially literate communities and future generations, the credit union will follow up the Splish Splash event with a financial education day to be held in the Fall for each organization and the families they support. Ongoing financial literacy workshops are being planned on topics such as earning, saving, spending, borrowing, and the importance of protecting financial information and assets.