I was invited to a Sea World event today. They wouldn’t tell me why, but of course I accepted anyway (thanks, Kami!)
Sea World, San Antonio is celebrating 20 years and to make sure more people enjoy the party they sent two tickets to 5,000 random families in the San Antonio area. Some lucky residents will find a clear plastic mailing tube in their mailboxes and will end up with smiles on their faces.
It was a fairly chilly day (low 60’s with a 20 MPH wind), so we wore light jackets. But it was a wonderful day for the event. They had a band, and a ton of food (good food!) – and like always, Kami introduced me to some very cool people.
Here’s a picture of Bob McCullough. I think Kami said he was the first PR manager for Sea World San Antonio. In any case, the shirt he is wearing is pretty special – it’s the first flight attendant shirt worn back when Southwest Airlines got their first airplane.
Of course it wouldn’t be a visit to Sea World without seeing an animal. I actually pet this lizard – although I don’t remember what kind it was. It constantly was sticking that tongue out at me though!
As you can see, they had quite a turn-out. The band was very good. The General Manager of Sea World San Antonio gave a very brief speech during lunch, and Sea World handed out nice little "swag bags" on the way out. This time they contained a set of very nice glass Pilsner glasses with the Anheuser-Busch logo. (Anheuser-Busch bought Sea World in 1989.
Below are some interesting facts about Sea World San Antonio, and a few more pictures from the Press Kit I received.
The link to the full Press Release is down at the bottom of this post.
DID YOU KNOW..
Four fraternity brothers from UCLA started out with dreams of an underwater restaurant on San Diego’s Mission Bay in the early 1960s? Their concept turned into reality in 1964, with the opening of a full-scale marine zoological park called SeaWorld. That first small marine park expanded and led to the opening of three more SeaWorld parks in Cleveland, Orlando and San Antonio. In 2001, the Cleveland park was sold.
Three Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 planes were painted in the likeness of Shamu, SeaWorld’s famous killer whale? They took their inaugural flight as part of the park’s opening activities in 1988.
The opening of the park created 2,000 new jobs for San Antonio and the local economic impact approached $1 billion?
SeaWorld San Antonio is the number one theme park in the state of Texas, according to the state’s annual visitor survey?
SeaWorld San Antonio has provided free admission to more than 750,000 members of U.S. and coalition armed forces and their families?
21,480,000 pounds of food have been fed to SeaWorld animals since 1988?
Panoramic aerial view 20 years ago.
Park gives away $500,000 in tickets to kick off 20th Birthday
SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 15, 2007) – SeaWorld San Antonio today announced a ticket giveaway for San Antonio residents to kick off its 20th Birthday Celebration. Five thousand households in San Antonio were picked at random to receive two tickets to the San Antonio marine life adventure park, which will celebrate its 20th birthday in April 2008.
“We wanted to find an appropriate way to thank the residents of San Antonio for their support over the past 20 years,” said Dan Decker, executive vice-president and general manager at SeaWorld San Antonio. Decker spoke during a luncheon for local business and tourism leaders today. “So we randomly selected 5,000 addresses in San Antonio to each receive two tickets to visit the park this year and help kick off our birthday celebration.”