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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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 ***
$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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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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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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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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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).
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.
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.
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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