Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2001 1:56 PM | Contributed by Jeff
[Ed. Note: This is the original press release issued by Holiday World. -J]
SANTA CLAUS, IN-----In an effort to support the American Red Cross in
its emergency blood drive, Holiday World is donating an admission ticket
to each blood donor.
"Our staff wanted to do something to help, given yesterday's horrendous
events," says Will Koch, Holiday World's president. "We keep hearing on
the news that blood is desperately needed in New York and Washington,
and feel the best way for us to help is to offer an extra incentive for
people to donate blood to the Evansville blood drive."
Each person who donates blood will receive an admission ticket to
Holiday World. Those who donated blood on Wednesday will be able to pick
up their free ticket at the Red Cross Office beginning Thursday morning.
Those giving blood after Wednesday will be handed their ticket when they
make their donation.
The American Red Cross is hosting their Community Blood Drive today
through Friday, September 14 from 7 am to 7 pm and Saturday, September
15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the stadium.
Holiday World will be open to the public on September 22, 29, 30 and
October 6 and 7. For more information, call 1-877-Go-FAMILY, or visit
the parks' website at www.holidayworld.com.
Wow. Nothing like people helping people in the time of need. I think this is a very kind deed. This just shows how nice the people that run holiday world is. Hopefully other parks will catch on and soon follow. ----------------- chill factor
Sounds like the big boys could learn a lesson from the Koch's. Way to go Holiday World! Being close by NY City, you have no idea of the feeling of sadness in the air. Almost everyone in this part of the nation knows someone who may be a casualty. It is a feeling of violation and emptiness. Even those of you not near this fine amusement park should go and donate blood. It is the least you can do for the fellow people of this great land.
I have never, ever, EVER heard one thing bad against Holiday World, ever. This just takes the cake, and I commend them for trying to help out during the crisis.
I applaud them for all the great things they are doing, and how much "different" they are from some other parts of the coaster world. *cheers* For having such an awesome managment and making wise descisions in your business.
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That's great that Holiay World would do this. But I have one comment: Do people really need that extra incentive? You have to be pretty selfish not to donate blood right now. I am only 13, so I can't give blood. Maybe I am too young to understand, but I would think that all the poor dying people in New York would be a good enough reason to give blood. ----------------- Bull rides: 103 Batman rides: 61
True, but this should help push more people into helping with the blood shortage. But I agree fully, the injured should be enough. ----------------- Got a problem with RWB/MS? you've got a problem with me! www.woodencoaster.com I pray that I will never see a Six Flags Conneaut Lake
This is totally unprecedented in the entertainment business world. I almost can't believe anyone related to the industry could be that generous. (I am referring to anyone related to entertainment, period.) No one is giving away anything for free with a promise of help, this should set the tone for others in the industry to follow!
Actually, I wouldn't donate blood right now even for those tickets. The news said that since so many people are donating blood right now that they are having a huge influx of blood that they cant fly to NY because of the no-fly zone all over America. Also, I know the Red Cross is VERY careful and it might sound ridiculous, but i'd be a little nervosu that in allthe confusion, someone might get a dirty needle or an unsanitary anything. Might soudn farfetched, but if I were old enough, (I'm 14) I would probably not donate blood till next week, when the blood will be even more needed as they find new wounded. -----------------
I just wish that I could donate blood. I went down to donate blood on Tuesday afternoon, and they turned me away! They said they had more than they could handle for the entire next week! Which, don't get me wrong, I think that is so awesome that people are getting out and doing that. It does dissapoint me that I can't help out though.
Anyway, Holiday World has shown once again what a class act they really are. I have nothing but the uttermost respect for that park.