January & February 2023 | Herschend Enterprise Newsletter January & February 2023 | Herschend Enterprise Newsletter

What Is Love?

At Herschend, our culture is rooted in LOVE – but what’s Love got to do with it, really? To celebrate the month of love, Herschend’s CEO, Andrew Wexler, shares his thoughts on the meaning of love.  

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A Love (in Action) Story

I’d like to introduce the newest honorary Harlem Globetrotter, Karter. 

Karter is six years old and is the sweetest kid you’ll ever meet. Karter was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called DIPG. The life expectancy with DIPG is 2-9 months. January was month seven for Karter.

 Karter’s grandma reached out to share that the family wanted to give Karter the most amazing memories while he continues his fight, and she was hoping to bring him to an upcoming game in Edmonton.

 Except, in true Harlem Globetrotters fashion, we did more than that. First, we surprised the family with Globetrotters bench seats; then we brought Karter backstage during halftime and again after the game to hang with the players, where he joked about his sneakers not being Calgary’s colors, his crush at school, and how tall some of our players are. By the end, tears and ear-to-ear smiles were had by all.

 While Karter’s family shared their heartfelt ‘thank yous’ for the experience, we felt just as grateful to them. They gave each of us a special memory that we will never forget. For me, it was a reminder that when work gets tough and we’re in the zone, it can be easy to forget what we’re called to do. We’re here to do something bigger than ourselves; we create memories for deserving people like Karter, and that’s everything.

This love (in action) story was brought to you by Courtney Baker, Director of Promotions Marketing at The Harlem Globetrotters.

Do you have a love (in action) story to share? Send 300 words or less to Jamie.frumusa@hfecorp.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming Herschend newsletter.

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Since its launch, more than 1,600+ hosts have signed up to grow their future with love, not loans. 

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Important Application Update

Important Application Update

In 2023 applications for assistance are only available online at www.share-it-forward.org. Submissions must be accompanied by supporting documentation, such as copies of bills, lease agreements, and tax returns. Need assistance? Our team is here to help. Email office@share-it-forward.org or contact your HR leader.

Because of the generosity of so many caring supporters, Share It Forward remains in a strong position to carry out our mission of "Bridging Life's Gaps with Love...For Real." Tax donation letters were mailed on January 31 for 2022 donations of $150 or more. If you would like to request your 2022 donation amount or letter, please get in touch with Jennifer Brown by clicking below and sharing your employee ID and HE property. Thanks again for your continued generosity!

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Find Your Dream Career Right Here!

Our commitment to creating memories worth repeating starts from within – find a rewarding career here at Herschend! Check out available positions across the Enterprise by clicking the link below.

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Challenge Accepted

In 2022, Herschend properties drove more shoebox donations for our partners at Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, than ever before! 1.76M shoeboxes were collected in 2022 versus 1.53M in 2021. Thank you to all properties that support our partners through this program.

About Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child

Churches, schools, and organizations register for the challenge and pack as many shoebox gifts as possible with the incentive of earning tickets from our participating attractions. Collected shoeboxes are then transported to children in need around the globe.

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Herschend's Most Loved

This month, we’re celebrating what our guests loved most at each of our properties in 2022.

Most Loved

Wild Adventures

Most Loved

Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay

Most Loved

Vancouver Aquarium

Most Loved

Adventure Aquarium

Most Loved

Silver Dollar City

Most Loved

Newport Aquarium

Most Loved

Dollywood Parks & Resorts

Most Loved

Callaway Gardens

2022 Highlights

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