Press Release: SAND Event

PRESS RELEASE: Diggerland USA debuts special needs exclusive event

03-06-15 West Berlin, NJ – Diggerland USA, the construction-themed adventure park in southern NJ, has announced plans to host the first of many special needs event this summer. The event, Special Abilities Night at Diggerland, or SAND, will take place Friday, June 5, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

“Hosting a special needs event at Diggerland is something we’ve been talking about since last summer,” said Ilya Girlya, CEO and owner of Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park. “We’ve been hosting special needs events at Sahara Sam’s since 2011 so we’re leveraging that experience for the SAND event.”

The most recent Special Evenings at Sam’s, or SEAS, event took place March 6, 2015 and gave attendees the first preview of the SAND event.

“We have a lot of families that come to all of our SEAS events so we wanted to share the details of the SAND event with them first,” said Annie Peters, executive director of the SAMBULANCE Safety Squad.

The SAMBULANCE Safety Squad is a 501(c)3 that educates individuals with special needs about safety. As part of her work with the SAMBULANCE, Peters visits schools throughout the state with complimentary programming. Special needs events for Sahara Sam’s and Diggerland are made possible by and managed through the SAMBULANCE Safety Squad.

“I spoke with so many families since Diggerland opened who wanted to know about a special needs event at the park,” Peters said. “We spent the last several months coordinating all of the details for SAND to ensure individuals with special needs and their families have an unforgettable evening.”

As with the SEAS events, modifications will be made to the park for the SAND event. For full details, visit:


The SAMBULANCE Safety Squad educates individuals with special needs on emergency management. Using actual first response vehicles and the help of emergency personnel, the SAMBULANCE brings complimentary programming directly to your special needs school or organization. For more information on the SAMBULANCE and SAND event, contact Annie Peters (856) 322-6182 or visit

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