LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A group whose mission to do something good for the community is reacting to negative criticism surrounding the giveaway of passes to an amusement park.
The Mardrian Group, a local construction company, purchased 300 season passes to Kentucky Kingdom to giveaway to under-served communities affected by city pool closures.
Massive crowds showed up for the giveaway, creating a frenzy in the heat.
Organizers made a tough decision to close the event early, leaving many without their vouchers after spending all day waiting.
TMG President Teresa Bridgewaters spoke with Terry Meiners on WHAS Radio about the event Tuesday afternoon.
She says the event went well despite the mass crowds.
“It didn’t matter if I had 100 volunteers here helping me – patiently waiting and thankful far outweighed the number of people anxious and causing problems,” Bridgewaters said.
The company signed up 100 underprivileged children for passes during Monday’s event and still has another 200 they can sign up.
Bridgewaters says the company will work with local law enforcement to develop a plan for future sign ups.