WOTV-TV (Battle Creek) Maranda’s Park Parties traveled to six communities across West Michigan, including an event at Northwestern Middle School in Battle Creek. Around 5,700 children and families turned out at the final Park Party of the summer on July 27, bringing this year’s total party-goers to an estimated 35,800 participants!
Maranda is WOTV “4 Women” kids and family expert. She hosts a weekday half-hour program, “Where You Live.”
“It has been an amazing summer visiting so many wonderful communities across West Michigan and impacting the lives of so many families across our area. We couldn’t do it without the amazing support of our great sponsors from WOOD TV8 and WOTV 4 Women and from the communities we visited. A huge thanks to everyone who joined for Park Party season 2017,” Maranda said.
This year’s Maranda Park Party season was full of free fun and lots of great giveaways! In a partnership with the Michigan Department of Education and local area school districts, more than 13,500 free lunches were provided to kids under the age of 18! Maranda’s generous partners also stepped up in a big way. Meijer gave out an estimated 25,000 packs of fruit snacks, Priority Health painted the park green- outfitting kids with more than 28,000 brightly colored backpacks and kids were able to keep cool thanks to 30,000 Country Fresh ice cream sandwiches and 40,000 bottles of Aquafina water provided by Pepsi.
Maranda and the team passed out 20,000 bags of Cheeze Kurls and nearly 2,500 prizes! It was a picture perfect forecast for the entire park party lineup resulting in almost 36,000 smiling faces! This season Maranda and the Park Party crew visited the following locations:
- June 22 – Lamar Park, Wyoming
- June 29 – Smith Ryerson Park, Muskegon
- July 6 – Bronson Park, Kalamazoo
- July 13 – East Kentwood High School, Kentwood
- July 20 – Kollen Park, Holland
- July 27 – Northwestern Middle School, Battle Creek