In honor of Knott’s Berry Farm’s 100th Anniversary, Knott’s is committed to dedicating 100 Acts of Service to the Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park. Performed by Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s partners, and Knott’s associates, the 100 Acts of Service will include various service projects, including building and landscaping upgrades and improvements, new hangout areas for the kids, a new outdoor play and fitness facility, career mentorship, and so much more.
“The Knott Family has a strong reputation of caring for their community,” said Jon Storbeck, Vice President and General Manager of Knott’s Berry Farm, “and while we’ve continued to carry on the tradition, we saw the 100th Anniversary as a great opportunity to embrace the one organization that Knott’s has supported since the family was involved with the park. The Boys and Girls Club does so much for the families in our community, and during the pandemic, they found even new (even more or new) ways to help these families. It only made sense that we find new ways to help them.”
Knott’s plans to roll out these projects in three phases, with the first phase already in execution. Phase One included a complete re-landscaping of the club’s recreational outdoor area, with new flower planters, new plants and trees, a new grass field for the kids to play on, and an all-new fitness trail that wraps around the area, giving the members a place to stay active. These projects are performed by Knott’s associate volunteers and B&G Club of Buena Park staff.
Phase two and three will focus on interior and exterior club upgrades, beautifying the outdoor areas,
providing additional outdoor activity and leisure spaces for club members of all ages. Other Acts of Service has and will include career help and mentorship from Knott’s associates, unique Knott’s experiences and activities, and exceptional educational opportunities with a Knotts twist. Knott’s will also host its annual Knott’s Berry Farm Coaster Campout August 28-29, with 100% proceeds going to support the Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park. “Our history with Knott’s Berry Farm runs deep and we are grateful for the support they have always given us. This new partnership enables us to do even more great work for the families in our community who need us most.” Said Todd Trout, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park.
Knott’s legacy of caring for their community goes back to how they treated their associates. Cordelia Knott would visit a sick employee in the hospital and made sure their family was taking care of during their time of need. They gave quietly, not wanting to seek attention for themselves but wanting to help genuinely. Walter Knott was a member of the original planning council for CHOC Children’s Hospital and a member of the Buena Park Rotary Club. In her memory, the Cordelia Knott Wellness Center, is now a part of St. Joseph Hospital, and was established to help people dealing with cancer. Steve Knott (grandson of Walter and Cordelia) is still actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park.