Holiday World will give guests "Holibucks" in exchange for canned food donations

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 2:18 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is a portion of a press release. -J]

Visitors to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in May and June will have the opportunity to help those in need and at the same time receive $5 each to spend during their day at the park.

"The economy has hit families in many different ways—some need help while others want to help," says park president Will Koch. "We are launching our two-month ‘Feeding Families Food Drive’ so that our park guests may help those in need in a four-state area. And we're giving those generous guests some spending money to use during their visit."

In May and June, each ticket holder who donates two or more canned food items will be given $5 in “Holibucks” to spend in the park that day. Holibucks may be used to purchase meals, snacks, games and souvenirs at Holiday World theme park and Splashin' Safari water park. The food items collected those months will be donated to food banks in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville and Nashville, Tennessee.

"The food banks are asking primarily for shelf-stable meals and high-protein canned goods such as chicken and tuna," says Koch. "With strong participation, we think up to 200,000 meals could be provided to families in need.”

Details about the Feeding Families Food Drive are outlined on a new page on Holiday World’s website: The frequently-asked-questions section includes special instructions for group-ticket holders, season pass holders, and the park’s 2,100 employees.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 3:19 PM

Awesome! Way to be helpful to those in need!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 3:20 PM

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... Holiday World is a class-act all the way!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 4:25 PM

One more reason that HW is the greatest park in the world!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:57 PM

Stupid question.....;)

Will this go on through HWN as well or just during regular park hours? Holibucks would be cool, but I wouldn't mind dropping off a few canned items whether I get the Bucks or not. I think if every attendee would bring a couple of cans of non perishable food it would make a HUGE difference, more than they could ever imagine. :)

I am used to doing this type of thing for my brother (who was in Iraq and is going back soon...:() It's amazing how much a little (or a LOT) of generosity can go a long way!


Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:06 PM
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 6:17 AM

Yes, Tina, HWN attendees are welcome to participate. Those who are on the two-day plan may do it each day if they wish.

Thanks--and see you soon1


Wednesday, April 1, 2009 7:57 AM

I think Will and Paula and everyone at Holiday World deserve a round of applause. Not only is Holiday World a family-friendly environment, but they are reaching out to the surrounding cities to help families in need. This is such a good idea, I think parks in other regions should follow Holiday World's lead and offer similar offers in exchange for pre-packaged food donations. Hats off to the team at Holiday World!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 2:05 PM

Oh I agree! And it doesn't take much. Even though times are tight, most non-perishable food is very inexpensive and is very easy to drop off, whether there is an incentive or not.

Our TV and radio stations around here have food drives all the time, and have always been very successful!

I am not sure if Camden Park has done anything like this but it wouldn't hurt to let them know it wouldn't be a bad idea. :)


Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Wednesday, April 1, 2009 2:09 PM
Sunday, April 5, 2009 3:24 PM

I think every member of CoasterBuzz attending HoliWood Nights should participate in this program by donating.

Sunday, April 5, 2009 4:24 PM

It's so easy, why wouldn't we? Just grab a few cans from your kitchen cabinets on your way out the door...

I don't attend many events, but I do plan on visiting HW this year, and when I go, I will bring a bagful of cans..


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