Leader runs off w/ Girl Scout $$ for trip to HW

Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:13 AM

I don't know how long this is available, but (today anyway) you can watch the TV news story from their website:

http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=733645&nav=0RZE8I2Q

Apparently the troop leader ran off with the girls' cookie money and the troop had to cancel plans to visit Holiday World.

What a world!

Paula

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Paula Werne
Director of Public Relations
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, Ind.
JPWerne@holidayworld.com

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:14 AM
Well Paula why don't you donate a little money to make the little girls happy.
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Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:17 AM

SonOfABeast said:
Well Paula why don't you donate a little money to make the little girls happy.


I guess you didn't watch the story...

Paula (didn't want to spoil the ending for anyone who wanted to watch the video)

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Paula Werne
Director of Public Relations
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, Ind.
JPWerne@holidayworld.com

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:36 AM

Wow! Holiday World sure does sound like one heck of a park. After reading the Holiday World topics and such, and now this, Holiday World sure seems like a great park filled with kind and caring people. You guys rock!

I can't believe someone would do that to those girls. I know I have seen them work hard (and sell the best darn cookies out there), and to have it taken away is just horrible.

**In hopes of getting to Holiday World sometime soon, but it is quiet hard coming from SoCal.**

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:37 AM
That just shows everyone how much class Holiday World has to offer. What a great story that had a good ending. Way to go Will Koch!
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Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:47 AM
It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's Will Koch and Holiday World saving the day!

-l(who wishes holiday world was a lot closer than 18 hours and 20 minutes away from home)
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You are bold, but are you also...daring?

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 9:04 AM
Bravo Koch family and Holiday World. You guys never cease to amaze me...
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Saturday, April 6, 2002 9:49 AM

Just another way HW shows their class...

...Can't wait for SRM2k2...

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Spring time come and me wanna go ride... - RavenMaven at NCC2K2

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 1:33 PM

Wow, this does it!
Hey Paula I was just driving from Wisconsin Dell back down to metropolitan Milwaukee and there is a LOT of farmland on the way down here. Want to consider opening a 2nd Holiday World?! If you would I'd take a trip there way before a trip to SFGAm. It may sound ridiculous but heck, the number 2 vacation city in the midwest (Wisconsin Dells) teamed with the number 2 Amusement park in the midwest (Holiday World) What a great mix that would be!
(Above stats according to Family Fun magazines)

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Milwaukee Wisconsin, we bring you beer, brats and cheese. But don't be fooled, "Milwaukee truly is a special secret getaway that I will be sure to tell my friends about!" Erin Brockevich, not to mention that we are an hour from SFGAm........

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 3:23 PM
Yeah, do sort of what SFGAMDie HARD is saying, Holiday World should merge with Big Chief's, sort of how Cedar Point did with Valley Fair. They could become Holiday Chiefs! Maybe then Big Chief's could have clean bathrooms! ;)

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Less than 2 months until SFGAm opens!

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 5:40 PM

Good to know HW is a class act all the way. :)

BTW, hey, I'm Weatherman, formerly known as WilOne before I had some account problems awhile back. Anyway, I'm bakc and it's good to see all you fine coaster nuts again. :p

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Ready to spring into a new coaster season! :)

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 5:55 PM
Eric?? See you Saturday?!?

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"Nobody writes about the planes that land." Steve Salerno Washington Times 7-10-01

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:04 PM
Wow. You guys really are an exemplary park. Not only do you have a phenomenal collection rides, you truly believe in "customer service", in all aspects of the phrase. You are to be lauded for your immense dedication to making Holiday World a great place to bring the family, and to spend a day riding the rollercoasters. All parks should follow your example. Keep up the good work!

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Sunday, April 7, 2002 5:14 AM
Yea sorry my computer is being a piece of crap so I couldn't watch it. Well good job Paul***
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Monday, April 8, 2002 7:14 AM

Here's the script of that news story:

(LOUISVILLE, April 5th, 2002, 6:33 p.m.) -- Some Kentuckiana Girl Scouts were wiping their tears away Friday and replacing them with big smiles. As WAVE 3 reported on Thursday, their troop leader took off with thousands of dollars and their cookie money. But on Friday the girls have new hope. WAVE 3's Charla Young has the story of your generous spirit.

The morning started with a phone call from a local businessman who was prepared to write the girl scouts a check for $800, and it ended with a little Brownie Troop out of Orleans, Indiana. They called in to sacrifice a portion of their profits. Dozens were prepared to save the day.

Yesterday was not a very good day for an 11-year-old Girl Scout. Probably only one word to describe it -- sad. On Thursday, WAVE 3 told you how the leader of troop 711 and the almost $4,000 raised from selling cookies just disappeared. The girls had planned to take their profits on a trip to Holiday World, but it was canceled. No money, no trip.

But on Friday it was a different story for young Kelley Page and the other eight girls in her troop. "We get free tickets to Holiday World," she said. In a letter labeled high priority, the young girls got a breakthrough. The president of Holiday World, Will Koch, wrote, "We saw the news yesterday and decided to give you free tickets. So don't worry about it anymore."

"It makes you feel real good to know there are more honest people than dishonest people," said Kelley's granddad Larry Nale.

And the generosity did not stop there. WAVE 3 was flooded with phone calls and emails from viewers like you.

One man wrote, "I think this is terrible. I would like to know how I can send some money for these young ladies. I don't have much, but I would like to send $25." Another man wanted to know if they have set up a fund so that private individuals can donate money. One lady said, "My husband and I would love to be able to help the troop so that the girls can enjoy a trip."

And now they can. Even if their troop leader and the money is never found. "They're nice to give us free tickets," Kelley said.

We are still getting phone calls and emails from viewers. The Kentuckiana Girl Scout Council is telling everyone to wait before sending in any donations. They want to complete their investigation, try to find the troop leader, and then determine what will be done. But we will keep you posted.
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As an update...

I received a phone call from a woman Friday who used to live near the leader who ran off with the cookie money. She had recently received an email from the thief--so she called "Crime Busters" and turned her in.

It'll be interesting to see how this all turns out. Or, how the cookies crumble... :)

Paula

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Paula Werne
Director of Public Relations
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, Ind.
JPWerne@holidayworld.com

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:35 AM
Once again, HW proves to be the #1 class act. An incredible park and extraordinary people.

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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein

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Monday, April 8, 2002 10:09 AM

I have not visited Holiday World yet, but come hell or high water I will make my way out there this year. Holiday World is a class act and it would be great if there were more amusement parks, and more businesses like Holiday World.

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Bob Hansen

Bolliger/Mabillard for President/VP 2004

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