Recently we've been talking to a lot of our sponsors but today we have something special, a deeper perspective to the effects some of our events have to our local military families and we were so ecstatic to hear how the day was enjoyed but not only the kids but by some of the adults.
Debbie, mom of three, attended one of our recent Padre VIP events with two of her children. They're father has been in the Navy for almost 25 years now and is currently deployed. Her and her family just came back to San Diego from Virginia last June and have been trying to find things for the boys to get involved in. A few days prior to the event they were offered some tickets to what they thought would just be a baseball game and maybe some tailgating. To their surprise it was much much more.
According to Debbie the day went as such: upon arrival they were escorted in and Randy Jones showed up. Everyone went down to the field where autographs were being signed. Randy than took everyone up to the bar and grill and told everyone to order what they wanted. For about an hour as everyone ate, Randy Jones sat and talked with everyone and than it was time for some dessert which again, Randy said to order what you wanted. After treats were eaten they went to their seats to enjoy the game.
Debbie continued to share with us how meeting and seeing Randy made her feel like a kid in the candy store and remember how her mom even used to wear his jersey. He was so nice and interacting with all his fans. And that her favorite part was between Randy sitting and eating with them, "doing something as a family unit" where she didn't have to make all the arrangements and planning and breaking up the deployment for her and the boys.
As for her two boys Jackson and Joseph, their favorite part of the day was getting to be on the field. But they knew their dad would've loved to be there because he loves baseball.
They sent some photos to the email Dad was given while on deployment so that he could see what family was up to.
Towards the end of our conversation with Debbie said that whatever expectations she had had going into the day they were well surpassed and that she would love for her family to get to attend another one of the Foundations events like the fishing trip-but when dad was home because she doesn't do too well out on boats.
On behalf of the Foundation, Debbie, thank you for sharing with us and all those who are reading this. It was amazing to hear how the day impacted her and her family and we'd love to hear from more people who have attended any of the events.