Good or bad idea?

Sunday, July 10, 2005 2:47 AM
I am trying to get Dorney park to alow me to have a Diabetes Fundraiser since I have diabetes! I am trying to let me ride the Steel Force 24/7 and let people make donations! I have already asked Hersheypark and Knoebels but they would not alow it! So i am asking for your opinions! Thanks guys yall r the best!
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Sunday, July 10, 2005 2:54 AM
I think it could be good. Hershey is pretty strict, but I would have thought Knoebels would have considered it. Dorney may do it. If they don't try SFA, and get them to let you do it on SROS.
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Sunday, July 10, 2005 3:01 AM
I doubt many parks would be willing to let you do anything 24/7 because it would require extra staffing, high operating costs, and lack of downtime for maintenance.
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Sunday, July 10, 2005 3:17 AM
If it's tied in with the media though, it can be very good PR for the park. Good luck Codis.

*** Edited 7/10/2005 7:35:45 AM UTC by thrillerman1***

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Sunday, July 10, 2005 3:19 AM
You might want to go the route of getting a diabetes foundation to back you on your idea of doing this. By doing that, as thrillerman1 stated, it would generate media attention.

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Sunday, July 10, 2005 9:08 AM
I think since it being your first year maybe try a small park like Morey's Peir or Sea Side Peir. You could ride Great White for a while. Plus it would probably bring busniess to the park . I think its a great idea and good luck with it.
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Monday, July 11, 2005 2:08 PM
I think first off, you will need to go through an established, registered charity (with all the 501C-3 stuff), particularly if you're talking about collecting money or pledges. I wouldn't blame the parks for being a bit skittish over an individual coming in asking to raise money. Besides, most people would rather donate to a charity than an individual.

What kind of shape are you in healthwise, Codis? Would you be able to handle 24/7 on a coaster for an extended period of time? (Remember the Valleyfair marathon of last month-- and they didn't ride 24/7) I'm sure no park would want you to risk your own health for a fundraiser, no matter how good the cause.

What do your folks think? For sure you'll need their permission in writing, and possibly legal and medical releases.

In theory, it's a good idea and a nice gesture, but unfortunately in today's CYA world, it isn't all that simple.

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