Holiday World offers free tickets to blood donors

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.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 2:13 PM
Now this is what I like to hear!  Way to go, Koch; I applaud you.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 2:20 PM
Wow.  What a VERY kind and generous move.  Shows you how much they care.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 2:20 PM
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.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 2:29 PM
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.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 2:31 PM
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.

Alan Jacyszyn
*** This post was edited by sfdl dude on 9/12/2001. ***

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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 2:33 PM
Awsome! This is what makes HW so special!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 2:50 PM
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.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 2:55 PM
True, but this should help push more people into helping with the blood shortage. But I agree fully, the injured should be enough.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 3:14 PM
 I would donate blood if I could--but I can't seeings how im 15. :-\  

But.. thats cool that they are doing that.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 3:15 PM
Once again, Holiday World shows its class.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 3:18 PM
Holiday World shows that it's one of the classiest parks in the country.  I applaud the Koch family for this generous act.  Way to go Holiday World! 
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 3:33 PM
I LOVE these people! They outdo themselves no matter what the event is.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 4:11 PM
I think of it as more as an "added bonus".... I doubt anybody would donate blood just for admission, because that is just wrong and is not the point.... *applaudes again*.

I heard people talking in our school, if you are under 17 and go in with a parent you are eligible? I don't know if this is true or not, but thats what some people in my school were saying.

Alan Jacyszyn

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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 4:24 PM
Above and beyond must be their motto!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 4:43 PM
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!

 

-djansi

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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 5:43 PM
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.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 6:19 PM
Just wish other parks would take notice ... and do something as well. Let's see what parks have that extra class and show that they to have hearts.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 6:32 PM
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.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 7:49 PM
Holiday World really makes Disney look un-caring, considering Disney would be the most expected to do something like this. Congrats Holiday World and Will Koch, this is truly an amazing park!!

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