Philanthrophy - A word that rings loud and clear in Quassy culture as the park has had a giving heart for more years than anyone can remember. Take into account that the park is family-owned and operated and it makes perfect sense that so much has been given back to the community throughout the years.
The first thing that usually comes to mind are the traditional Greater Watrebury Campership Fund Weekends the park sponsors to help send underprivileged kids to summer camps. COVID erased the first campership weekend we had slated last year, but we are able to pull off a Labor Day event and raise some money for that worthwhile campaign. Just an FYI: our good friends at the Republican-American newspaper in Waterbury, Conn., are the driving force behind the Campership Fund and all of the good it does.
This year we're doing something a little different on the first two weekends the park will be operating - April 24 & 25, May 1 & 2. We've coordinated what we're calling Neighbors In Need Weekends those four days and to treat our loyal fans - and hopefully a bunch of newcomers - we're offering $10 all-day ride wristbands. There is a catch - if you want to call it that - in that to get the exceptional deal you may have to raid the cupboard. With the donation of a nonperishable food item, or dog food or dog toy, or a personal care item (toothpaste etc.), you get to snatch up one of those discount ride wristbands, which are 23 bucks without a donation. Load up the car with family and friends, but remember: everyone who wants the $10 deal has to pitch in with a donation. We have beneficiaries lined up for the donated goods and even a dog adoption at the park on the first Saturday. The rides will operate 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Neighbors In Need Weekends. The waterpark and beach crank up Memorial Day weekend, so don't bring the bathing suits just yet.
Oh yes - we didn't forget about the Campership Fund. Some of the proceeds Quassy brings in during the first two weekends will be earmarked for Campership.
There are other great things the park has done for community during the years, in fact too many to call out.
And if you noticed the artwork accompanying this post, the Quassy Cares logo is something we adopted a few years ago for community outreach initiatives. Simply said, it shows that Quassy Cares.