Chicago-Based Indoor Theme Park Aims To Help African American Children Through Fundraising Programs
Children having fun at Go Bananas Family Entertainment Center located in Norridge, Illinois
Chicago, IL (November 5, 2012) -- "During these current economic times of uncertainty, we have seen many of those who are in business attempting to tighten their belts, cut back and suspend their charity giving, but Go Bananas is doing the opposite." This is how the Reverend Jesse Jackson described Go Bananas Family Entertainment Center after the entire student body of Reavis Elementary School and their families had a great day of fun as guests of Go Bananas on November 25th, 2011.
In addition to The Reavis School outing, Go Bananas has hosted many groups including Chicago Hopes which helps homeless children, Misericordia Heart of Mercy and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Go Bananas has also donated over $24,000 to school PTOs and PTAs through its "50% Give Back" program.
"We coordinate with an organization to create 'Their Day at Go Bananas.' They promote the event to their members or parents and Go Bananas donates 50% of whatever their group spends that day back to the organization," explained Go Bananas owner, Jerrold Marks. "The families have a great time together and we help the organization raise money."
Giving back to the community has always been part of their business creed. "What I have learned from hosting events for children from economically challenged neighborhoods is that some of these kids don't see much of the world outside where they live. If they do not know what alternatives life can hold for them there is no way they can know to what to aspire," said Marks. "I love that the kids can have a great family experience at Go Bananas and they often learn more about life on the ride to get here."
About Go Bananas Family Entertainment Center
Go Bananas is an indoor Family Theme Park located in Norridge, IL servicing Chicago and its suburbs. In addition to child sized roller coasters, bumper cars, bouncers and a huge climbing maze, Go Bananas has over 80 games where children can win prizes and a complete diner. Go Bananas hosts over 2,000 fun filled birthday parties every year.
For more information regarding the "50% Give Back Fundraiser" program, contact Go Bananas at 773-669-7029 or visit www.gobananasfun.com
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