Trident University and Knott’s Berry Farm Honor Families of Fallen Heroes at Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express Event

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The University’s third annual Snowball Express event connected children and surviving spouses of the fallen with other families who have lost a parent/spouse actively serving in the military. Civic leaders, University staff, parents and children came together for a day of fun at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Images from Snowball Express, August 2018

Since many of Trident's students and alumni have served or are currently serving our country in the military, we're always looking for ways to give back to this community. We appreciate the opportunity to have hosted these families. - Travis Allen, President and CEO

Trident University International (Trident) recently held its third annual Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. 

Snowball Express is an official program of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Since 2006, Snowball Express and its events have provided hope and new happy memories to the children and spouses of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. Further, the event connects the children and surviving spouses of the fallen with others going through the same experience. 

The event, co-sponsored by Knott’s, hosted approximately 80 guests from military families, as well as Trident volunteers. VIP guests in attendance included:  

  •     Bubba Ganter (aka “ Bunny”), star of the hit Nickelodeon television show, Game Shakers
  •     Mayor Jon Peat, Cypress, CA
  •     Mayor Virginia Vaughn, Buena Park, CA
  •     Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Truck 61, Battalion 8, Division 7

Level Interactive, ONIT Digital, Manhattan Stitching Co., Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., Roadmap Writers, Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, Cooley Attorneys at Law, and Global Financial Aid Services supported the event as VIP sponsors.

“Since many of Trident's students and alumni have served or are currently serving our country in the military, we're always looking for ways to give back to this community,” stated Travis Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trident. “We appreciate the opportunity to have hosted these military families who have truly made the ultimate sacrifice.” 

Trident continues to be active in its local community, hosting these and similar events. The University hosted its first Snowball Community Event at Universal Studios in Los Angeles in 2016. Trident has also hosted multiple letter-writing campaigns for Operation Gratitude, organized annual supply drives for the Austin (TX) VA Outpatient Clinic, and has donated their time to multiple Veteran’s Day ceremonies across the country.

About Trident University
Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is a leading online postsecondary university serving adult learners. Trident uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance the lives and careers of students. Trident offers high-quality associate’s bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and has over 30,000 alumni, including more than 22,000 with a military affiliation. The University has received multiple acknowledgements from Military Times and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to military-affiliated students. Visit http://www.trident.edu, Trident’s Facebook page, or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident's wide range of educational options.

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