Glenside Wawa grant for Morris Arboretum’s military visitors acknowledged by UPenn

The University of Pennsylvania, which manages the Morris Arboretum, reported on the first-time grant from Wawa in support of its active-duty military free admission program.

Morris began offering free admission to active military members in 2019, inspired by the story of a longtime visitor who found solace and healing in the gardens after returning from military service during the Cold War.

Wawa formally presented the grant to Morris Arboretum at the Glenside grand opening on December 15.

The $15,000 Wawa grant supports the program, which provides free general admission to Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard active duty and reservists, National Guard members (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members.

“Morris Arboretum has long been a place for people to replenish themselves physically and mentally,” said William Cullina, the F. Otto Haas Executive Director of Morris Arboretum. “Our active-duty free admission program is our way of saying thank you and to provide comfort in a beautiful setting to those who give so much for our country. The arboretum is proud of this program and grateful for Wawa’s support.”

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