Cedar Point donates stray change to area charities

Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2003 3:13 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Cedar Point is donating $7,500 to organizations that benefit children. The money is a collection of loose change found underneath rides, along the Midway and in the park's water fountain.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 3:46 AM
That's really cool! I'll have to toss some more change into the fountain this year.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 4:31 AM
Actually, I think they have given quite a bit more in past years. Cedar Point guests must not have been in the wishing mood so much last year.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 4:44 AM
Wow, what a great idea...they lose absolutely NO money doing this, just use money from their patrons (who might not intend to give it up lol, damn B&M's and their open cars) to give themself an awesome image in the PR front. Good job guys!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 5:21 AM
Hey, I am all for charity and this is nice but lets not get carried away. $7,500 is about 166 adult admissions into the park.

And yes, I know this is a "nice" story but I am saying it is minimal. I would like to know about Cedar Point's other charitable efforts. Are they involved with Make-A-Wish and those types of programs? I am aware of the Red Cross seat auctions of the past but more information about the Point's community relations would be of interest.*** This post was edited by wahoo skipper 2/19/2003 10:44:53 AM ***

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 5:36 AM
Wahoo,

$7,500 is better than nothing, and rest assured, knowing CP (and most parks - SF included), they do give more away than that amount in other ways. This is just a cute story since it was money that was lost and used for "wishes". I am sure that other parks do it too, it's just that CPs great PR group lets the media know...

EDIT: Wahoo's post originally was only one line that basically stated that $7,500 was a tiny donation for Cedar Point, hence my rebuttal.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 6:07 AM
Great idea... and don't they get a tax break?
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 6:17 AM
John,

It all depends on how (if) they classified the money as income.

Besides, for CP/CF a $7,500 donation wouldn't be a drop in the bucket as far as their corporate tax bill is concerned. They'd, at best, save $2,625 (35% of the $7,500 - they are undoubtedly in that tax bracket)...When you figure their taxes for FY2001 was 16.5 million dollars...$2,600 is nothing

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 7:18 AM
Interesting. Great America used the money it collected for rmployee scholarships. I thought that was a great idea.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 10:54 AM
It's still a nice thing to do. Normally you wouldn't think of an amusment park.. a commecial business.. donating any amount of cash to charities. But they choose to take the oportunity instead of pocketing the change. I think that's great.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 11:57 AM
That's quite a collection! I wonder if malls, zoos, and museums do this type of thing also.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 11:58 AM
That would be fun walking under a coaster at Cedar Point picking change out of the ground with a metal detecter.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 12:00 PM
Kennywood does a similar thing: the money in fountains and from the wishing well go to Project Bundle-Up, a local charity that gives warm clothes and jackets to poor and homeless people for the winter.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 12:59 PM
I'll bet at least half that cash came from Demon Drop. Those old Intamin drop towers devour change like no other ride I've encountered.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 1:38 PM
The biggest change shaker was the old Skyhawk at Great America. That thing hung folks upside down and wallets, teeth, lighters, bills, change, you name it would fall out. We turned in at leat $20 a day...and not everybody was keen on turning in what they found (making minimum wage and all).

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 1:46 PM
LOL janfrederick, I think that phenomena is pretty widespread in the amuesment industry. ;)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 3:48 PM
That is really cool. I always wondered what they did with all that loose change you see in the water. I mean, I knew they wouldn't just leave it there. All in all, I'd this is the best thing they could do with all that money.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 4:51 PM
GP, The reason those things devour so much change is because so many people do the coin trick on their knee and watch it float for that second or two. I'm guilty myself of doing this a few times in my life seeing if the physics held true.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 5:26 PM
Hey, the 10 bucks I lost on Mantis which made me starve all morning and afternoon is going to a good cause...

That is a great idea! I can't believe there was THAT much money.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 5:54 PM
Thats a small reason for it, zak. I worked FreeFall at SFOG, it takes the money right out of your pockets when the car goes into the runout and you're on your back. That's the thieving action of the ride.

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