Herheypark to donate proceeds from special day to Katrina Relief

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 10:59 AM
I just found of from another website that Hersheypark will be donating admission proceeds from an added operational day, Sept 23rd to the Red Cross and Salvation Army

from hershey's website ...

"Join us on Friday, September 23 from 5-10 PM for Ride For Relief 2 when HERSHEYPARK opens its gates to host a very special fund-raising event to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. ...

Proceeds from the admission will be divided equally between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.


nice and classy gesture by Hersheypark.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 11:01 AM
What a great idea. I wish other parks would jump on the idea. Even if they couldn't donate all but half that would still be something.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 11:04 AM
What do you mean other parks? Were you aware that Morey's Piers collected $10,000 Labor Day weekend, then the Morey Family matched it with another $10,000 out of their pockets? Be careful of what you say.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 11:53 AM
Cool your jets Agent. I ment parks that didn't do it yet. Like Six Flags Park. I know SFMM did it. But any park that didn't do it.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 1:12 PM
If SFGadv were to do something like that, some sort of cross-promotion with Ka or Nitro, that would work...say for every rider that rides Ka/Nitro during the day, the park would donate $5 or $10 per rider...or the admission thing like other parks...that would be very cool. Of course if they run 3 trains on Nitro and have a good crew up there, they'd be giving a lot of money, regardless of how much Ka shuts down during the day ;)
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 1:45 PM
That's great of Hershey to do this. If I didn't have plans to be at the Jersey shore this weekend, I would have definetly been going.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 3:55 PM
You can count me in. $15 for all you can ride and free parking. Hell yeah, even if it is only from 5-10pm, that should be more than enough time to get things done. And they promise all 10 coasters will be open.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 11:17 PM
Not to rain on anyone's parade, but "proceeds" would imply money after operating costs (employees' wages, electricity, etc.). I point that out to say that ANY park could do it and not have to only give half proceeds as was suggested since they'd only be donating "profit" (but the park isn't losing money since they would have been closed anyway).

Regardless how much they raise, I think it's cool that they're doing it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 11:45 PM
Six Flags is still waiting for their engineers to see what the total damage is the SFNO before they begin a national relief campaign.

They have personal needs to be met in their own camp before they can reach out to others. On a huge down note to them, I am certain that they lost 75-80% of their workforce. They are in a pickle like the casinos. When they and if they can re-open, who will work, let alone who will visit.

Judging by the photos, they will have a total loss of games, f/b stands, warehousing, and admission systems, not even counting on their damage to the rides.

Water, when 100% clean, is still the worst thing to be in contact with electrical systems.
I think SF should see who is left, put half in charge of clean up, and relocate the others to parks with housing and let them work until teardown in Novemeber.


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