YAL participants enjoyed some extra summer fun thanks to the generosity of Raging Waters San Dimas. The water park provided free admission to 2,000 youth who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to enjoy the thrills of its many pools, slides and other attractions — a significant contribution with a combined value of nearly $54,000. This was the second year in a row that Raging Waters has supported the SYF, and General Manager Mark Whitfield says the two organizations make a good match: “The kids the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation works with are truly in need of quality, wholesome family entertainment, which we are happy to provide for them at our cost.”
As temperatures continued to soar into early autumn, Industry YAL was able to bring a total of about 450 children and teens to escape the heat on September 20, 27 and 28. “The kids got a chance to get out of their houses and have a day of fun in the refreshing water with all their friends,” says Deputy Jonathan Adamson. “The tickets were important because many of them could never afford a trip like this, and for most of them it was their first time at Raging Waters. All the kids had a really great time and still talk about all the fun they had.”
“It was the highlight of my summer,” says 15-year-old Ian Gonzales, a sophomore at La Puente High School, who adds that Neptune’s Fury was his favorite ride because he got to ride on an inner tube with all his friends and go really fast through a dark maze of tunnels.
Kaitlan Parham, also 15 and an LPHS sophomore, chooses Dropout as her favorite ride because she went so fast on the seven-story slide that she skipped across the water at the bottom. “It was a fun and refreshing experience,” she recalls with a big smile.
“It makes us feel good to see how happy and joyful the kids are when they get to visit the park. At least for one day, their daily worries are replaced with excitement and adventure,” says Whitfield. “The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation does great work, and we will continue to support them behind the scenes in helping disadvantaged youth.”