Lauren Wahl, 19, of Ferdinand, was recently invited to the Statehouse Rotunda to receive a Hoosier Hospitality Award for her efforts to retrieve a lost baby tooth for a young park guest.
“We found out about this story last summer when the little boy’s mother wrote us a thank-you note and even sent a photo of her son,” says Holiday World & Splashin' Safari president Will Koch. “We named Lauren our Hostess of the Week and posted the story and photo on our park blog. When the opportunity came to nominate one of our front-line employees for this award, we thought of Lauren right away.”
Last summer, the little boy from Tennessee was eating a chocolate-covered apple at Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen. Thinking he’d bit into an apple seed, he spit it in the trash. When his mom realized it was his first lost baby tooth, she went back to look in the trash for it. Lauren and another park employee soon brought out gloves and helped to dig through the “goop” until the tiny tooth was recovered.
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman presented Lauren with a “Hoosier Hospitality Award” plaque, thanking the University of Evansville student for her “positive contribution to Indiana’s tourism industry.” This is Lauren’s fifth season working in Holiday World’s foods department.
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari are now open daily. New rides this season include Star Spangled Carousel and Reindeer Games in Holiday World and Kima Bay waterplay attraction in Splashin' Safari. For more information, visit http://www.holidayworld.com or call toll-free 1-877-463-2645.
Blog post with letter from tyke's mother: http://holidayworld.com/
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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari are a duo of family-owned and -operated parks. Holiday World is the world's first theme park and Splashin' Safari is a huge, sparkling clean water park. With three top-ranked wooden roller coasters, free soft drinks and sunscreen, lots of family rides and water rides, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari have repeatedly been named the Friendliest and Cleanest Parks in the World.