Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Welcomes Yoshikazu Maruyama to Board of Directors

Under Maruyama’s Leadership, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Grants
Hundreds of Wishes for Children with Critical Illnesses

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles celebrates its 35th year
of granting wishes in Los Angeles County the nonprofit organization has
appointed SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Chairman Yoshikazu Maruyama to
its Board of Directors. With a mission to create life-changing wishes
for children with critical illnesses, Make-A-Wish Greater LA has granted
nearly 10,000 wishes throughout the city. In 2018 alone, SeaWorld
has helped to grant over 200 wishes to children with critical illnesses
throughout the United States whose wishes have included meeting
penguins, swimming with dolphins and having a stingray experience.

We are so excited to have Yoshi join our Board at a time when we need
to raise vital funding to reach the over 500 children with critical
illnesses currently waiting for their wishes,” said Bo Pearl, Board
Chair, Make-A-Wish Greater LA. “We are grateful for Yoshi’s leadership
and to SeaWorld for creating experiences that blend imagination with
nature and enabling our wish kids to realize their dreams, connect with
their families and fuel their recovery from critical illnesses.”

SeaWorld has helped dreams come true for thousands of kids through our
partnership with Make-A-Wish and I’m excited to be personally involved,”
stated Mr. Maruyama. “SeaWorld offers up-close and interactive
experiences with marine animals, with a goal to inspire compassion for
animals, the ocean and each other, helping families spend important time
together, away from the challenges of everyday life.”

Mr. Maruyama was appointed Chairman of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in
2017. Prior to that, Mr. Maruyama was Global Head of Location Based
Entertainment for DreamWorks Animation SKG, where he served from
2010 until 2017. From 1995 to 2009, he served various roles at Universal
Parks & Resorts including as Senior Vice President of Global Business
Development, and as Chief Strategist and Board Director of Universal
Studios Japan. Mr. Maruyama also serves on the Board of Trustees and
Treasurer of The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks and holds a Bachelor of
Science degree in Operations Research from Columbia University in New

About Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles

Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles creates
life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The LA
chapter has granted nearly 10,000 wishes to children in Los Angeles
County. The chapter grants over 300 wishes each year, and facilitates
nearly as many wishes for children from all over the world whose wish is
to come to Los Angeles.
For more information, visit www.la.wish.org.

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles is an independent 501(c)(3) that is
part of Make-A-Wish America, a national organization that oversees 60
chapters across the country. Make-A-Wish America is one of the world’s
leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the
United States and its territories.

About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and
entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring
guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The Company
is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global
leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The
Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest
zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the
care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and
terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with
the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld
® rescue
team has helped more than 33,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of
recognized brands including SeaWorld
®, Busch
®, Aquatica®,
Sesame Place
® and Sea Rescue®.
Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified
portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in
key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its
one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The Company’s theme parks feature a
diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad
demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong
value proposition for its guests. For more information on SeaWorld Parks
& Entertainment, visit our corporate site at 


Make-A-Wish Greater LA
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