Sea World is in so much financial trouble that they are now accepting donations?
Wow. That's what you got out of this story?
How about: SeaWorld partnered with a local elementary school where students learn about science, ecology, and marine biology. In response to the donation, SeaWorld invited participants to spend time with the animals they helped on an educational sleepover field trip.
While I don't have numbers, I'd guess that the cost to run the field trip is significantly more than what they would have spent on 1,000 heads of lettuce.