The Tucson Parks Foundation hosted the Second Annual Night at the Ballpark on Wednesday, July 18th. It was a great success, rising almost $2,000 for the Tucson Parks and Recreation KIDCO program. That is $1,400 more than was raised the previous year. The foundation, parks and recreation staff, board members and community really came together to support a great cause.
Each KIDCO participant, which is almost 1,500 children, was given a free ticket to the game. Over 330 tickets were sold in advance for a discounted price of $4 and a 50/50 raffle was held throughout the first 7 innings. The 50/50 raffle raised $922 with a prize of $461 going to KIDCO employee Danika Knight. She had only purchased a single ticket for $1 and stated that she was shocked, it was luck of the draw when they called out the winning numbers.
Danika, who has been an employee of the KIDCO program for the past two summers, gave $200 of her winnings back to the Tucson Parks Foundation and KIDCO without hesitation. I didn’t even think about it, they handed me the money and I immediately handed them $200 back, says Knight. She selflessly felt as though she had only invested a dollar and did not deserve the money. Danika also gave portions of the winnings to the foundation where her sorority donates and her church, only saving $75 for herself. I was trying to disperse it because I didn’t feel like I rightfully deserved it and since this event was for KIDCO I wanted to give them the biggest chunk back, stated Knight.
Danika is a 21-year-old Speech Pathology student at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and will graduate next May then move on to graduate school. She hopes to work for the Tucson Parks and Recreation KIDCO Summer program for as long as her schedule will allow. Her favorite part about her job is getting to know and work with the kids. She said it keeps her on her toes.
A Special thanks to our sponsors Pyramid Federal Credit Union, who provided the funds for the Padres fees and Alphagraphics, who provided the printing of the tickets for free. To donate to the Tucson Parks Foundation please visit www.TucsonParks.org.