The Poteet Strawberry Festival’s Annual Parade kicks-off the Saturday during the Festival at 10:00 am. with entries from around the state. With entries from around the country come witness all the pageantry, music and entertainment!
The parade route will begin at the corner of FM 1470 and School Drive. Go South on 9th Street. Turn right onto Avenue H and continue to 4th Street. Turn north on 4th Street and go to School Drive. Turn right onto School Drive and end at Horton Lane.
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Native San Antonian Gordon V. Hartman is a philanthropist and former businessman who at the age of 15 started his own landscaping business while attending a local seminary. By age 19, he had saved enough to begin his homebuilding business, and by age 23, he had started a land development company. Founded in 1983, Gordon Hartman Homes built housing for low- to moderate-income families. Over the next 22 years, Gordon grew his company into the largest locally owned homebuilding and land development enterprise in San Antonio.
In 2005, Gordon sold his companies and established The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation so that he and his wife, Maggie, could pursue their dream of helping children and adults with special needs. Their devotion to this cause is inspired by their now 22-year- old daughter, Morgan, who was born with cognitive and physical challenges.
In 2007, Gordon recognized the tremendous need for fully accessible outdoor recreational facilities, so he made another dream come true – the April 2010 grand opening of Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible themepark designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone. Two years later, global automotive giant Toyota, a leader in mobility solutions for drivers with disabilities, opted to become the presenting sponsor of Morgan’s Wonderland under a long-term philanthropic agreement with Gordon.
Morgan’s Wonderland has welcomed more than 1 million guests from all 50 states and 65 countries through park participation and special events. Gordon’s realization that families with special-needs members have great demands on both their financial and emotional resources led to his commitment to admit anyone with a special need free of charge.
Always looking to the future, Gordon is now constructing the world’s first all-inclusive splash park – Morgan’s Inspiration Island – scheduled to open in the spring of 2017. Like Morgan’s Wonderland, the new park will be ultra-accessible and feature tropically themed aquatic elements that everyone can enjoy.
At the time of the park’s opening in 2010, Gordon also opened the STAR Soccer Complex, a 75-acre facility adjacent to the park for practices, tournaments and league play. He also launched Soccer for a Cause, a grassroots effort to establish pro soccer in San Antonio that led to the creation of the San Antonio Scorpions. The team began competition in spring 2012, moved into their new home – Toyota Field – a year later and won the 2014 North American Soccer League championship. Gordon created a business model unique to pro sports – utilizing pro soccer to generate financial support for Morgan’s Wonderland and the special-needs community.
In December 2015, Gordon sold Toyota Field to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. All proceeds from the sale went directly to Morgan’s Wonderland which will make it possible for it to pursue its mission of inclusion far into the future. Thus, Soccer for a Cause achieved both of its objectives – bringing exciting pro soccer to San Antonio and generating financial support for non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland.
Another passion that Gordon and Maggie share is The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, a school for students with special needs that the Hartmans opened in August 2011. It’s a unique learning environment that helps students from ages 12 to 24 to reach their maximum individual potential.
Gordon has also played a key role in partnering with CRIT (Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletónUSA), a $17 million clinic next to Morgan’s Wonderland serving children with neurological, muscular and skeletal challenges. Modeled after successful CRITs in Mexico, Central and South America, CRIT USA is the first CRIT rehab center built in the U.S. The park plays an important role in the healing process by offering families respite from their treatment regimen and a chance to make memories together in a fun atmosphere.
Because of his generosity and vision, Gordon has earned extensive local, regional and national recognition including an honorary Doctorate of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. Gordon’s guiding motto is:
“Together, we ARE making a difference!”