Pleasanton Weekly

News - October 29, 2010

Go, Giants! says Willie Mays fan

Attending a game is the 'thrill of a lifetime' for Parkview resident

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Everyone has Giants fever now but Vivian Fuller, a resident at Parkview Assisted Living in Pleasanton, has been a fan forever. She loves reminiscing about going to Giants games in the old days, when Willie Mays was slugging them out of Candlestick Park.

Vivian's dream came true recently when, despite her limited ability to get around, she attended a Giants game at AT&T Park with her grandson, Brad Summaria. The tickets were given to her by the Giants through Parkview's Thrill of a Lifetime initiative, which helps its residents have memorable experiences.

"It was wonderful seeing her face light up when we gave her a basket filled with Giants memorabilia next to the Giants game tickets," said Activity Director Patricia Rawlings. "Seeing our residents this happy is the best part of my job."

Vivian started attending Giants games with Brad when he was about 12 and saddened by his grandfather's death.

"When her husband passed away she noticed her grandson was upset about it so she took him to a Giants game," said Aireen Tibon, Sales and Marketing Director at the Parkview.

As Vivian grew older and less able to get around, they stopped going to the ballpark.

"We contacted the Giants and they donated tickets and a gift package with souvenirs," said Tibon.

For the Giants outing Sept. 30, Parkview provided limousine service. The team displayed a welcoming message on its billboard. "Vivian Fuller, hope you enjoyed your 'Thrill of a Lifetime.'"

"She wished them luck and it sure did work," Tibon said.

Now, with the Giants meeting the Texas Rangers this week for the World Series, Vivian Fuller will be rooting for her team in front of the TV sets at the Parkview.

We can hear the cheers already.

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