By Roy Kinji, Corporate Sponsorships Manger
Labor Day weekend, it was a perfect Sunday for baseball. The last homestand for the Sacramento Rivercats before they headed into the post season. Game time was 6:05 but the festivities started long before then. You see, the Rivercats Foundation was gracious enough to give the Sacramento Zoo a check for $2,500 to help fund our teen education program, and we were there on-field to accept the check before the first pitch. The Zoo's official mascot "Gus the Green Tree Frog" was there along with our Director, Mary Healy and Education Manger, Amanda Castaneda to accept the giant check. Thanks Rivercats!
But- the real excitement started outside of Raley Field as Rivercats fans stopped by the Sacramento Zoo booth to pick up discount tickets and information about the Sacramento Zoo. You see- we share a lot in common. Many of the Rivercats fans were Sacramento Zoo members. In fact, one family had just come from the zoo and recognized Valentina in the booth who had signed them up earlier. In August, over 200 Rivercats fans came to the Sacramento Zoo as part of our "Staycation" program.
Then, like a rockstar, Gus the green tree frog strolled out front after receiving the check. Kids lined up to give Gus a "high five" or a hug. Teens stopped and had their friends snap a cell phone pix of them and Gus. Hey...how many of you have gotten your picture taken with a six-foot tall frog smiling from ear to ear???