Some people are just born benevolent. When it comes to the needs of others, they are primary in their minds. Sometimes, they can translate that caring into great acts of love and charity. In other instances, motive is all they can manage. Perhaps they lack the money, or the time, or the wherewithal to make their intentions a reality. No matter – just like in the act of gift giving, the thought really does count.
This Is Gordon Hartman
When Gordon Hartman saw the difficulty his daughter was having making friends and enjoying the simple pleasure of life, he grew concerned. Morgan was born with a mental deficiency and autism. She was friendly and outgoing, but only had the cognitive understanding of a five-year-old. Sunny and energetic, the little girl grew up into a fine young woman. But her father was always aware that the world offered his child limited opportunities, and he wanted to change all that.
This Is His Daughter Morgan
A successful property developer, the entrepreneur sold his business and opened the The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, a non-profit with the goal of helping those with disabilities. His dream? To open a the world’s first “ultra-accessible theme park.” With the help of others, he bought a 25 acre site near San Antonio, Texas. He sought the advice of experts both in the medical and recreational fields with the designs. In 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland opened, at a cost of $34 million.
And This Is A Lifelong Dream, Fulfilled
Since opening, the park has seen more than a million visitors from all 50 states and more than 67 foreign countries. While he knew he was destined to lose money, at least initially, Hartman would gladly go broke just to see his daughter smile. This year, Wonderland was expanded to include a new attraction – Morgan’s Inspirational Island, a water park. The cost? $17 million. While he has received requests to open more facilities like this around the country, Hartman will concentrate on his family for now. He did this his daughter, and she couldn’t be happier.