Because of the generosity of key donor partners, 41,400 children and adults were able to visit the Aquarium on our $2 Community Days, making it an accessible experience for many families in the community.
The texas state aquarium has always been committed to creating greater access to the Aquarium for everyone. In 2019, two important efforts, $2 Community Days and the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, increased access to the Aquarium. Six $2 Community Days were hosted and each allowed anyone to visit the Aquarium for just $2 per person. These deeply discounted days remove the financial barrier to visiting the Aquarium for many of our area’s economically disadvantaged families. In 2019, over 41,400 children and adults visited the Aquarium on $2 Community Days, all of whom most likely would not be able to do so otherwise. We sincerely appreciate our corporate and foundation partners who make it possible for the Aquarium to host these deeply discounted days, which provide a very valuable service to our community: Coastal Bend Community Foundation, H-E-B, Navy Army Community Credit Union, Union Pacific Foundation, andWhataburger. Through our Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, the Aquarium held several events with modified programming for guests, which included four Sensory Sensitive Sundays specially accommodated days for the blind and deaf. Programming for each of these days was adapted to create a more inclusive and meaningful experience for individuals and families of children with special needs. Two Dream Nights, sponsored in part by Driscoll Health Plan, kept the Aquarium open after-hours to provide a quieter, but festive, environment for these children as well. To help support other not-for-profit organizations in South Texas, the Aquarium visited patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital and donated 256 guest passes and 70 Aquarium memberships to aid them in their fundraising efforts. Communityimpact
The mascot Dorsey visiting patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital
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