Nashville flooding prompts Holiday World to auction staff

Posted Monday, May 10, 2010 1:42 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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

Staff members at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are hoping to raise thousands of dollars for Nashville-area flood victims by auctioning themselves off to the highest bidders.

“We thought it would be fun to put ourselves on the auction block, offering all sorts of perks to the winners,” says Holiday World president Will Koch. “Each auction winner will automatically receive at least four Holiday World tickets, $20 in Holibucks to spend in the park, plus two hours of that staff member’s time.”

Fifteen members of top management have stepped up to the auction block, including Koch and his mom, Pat. Some of the extras offered by the individual staff members include:

  • An additional four one-day park tickets, provided by the staff member;
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of park facilities and photo walkbacks of the roller coasters;
  • Parking for the day in the staff member’s personal parking space, by the front gate;
  • Musical audition tips, with live feedback from New York and Nashville producers, via Skype;
  • Lessons in how to make perfect cotton candy;
  • Lunch for four, followed by Very Big Cupcakes with a member of the HoliDazzles staff;
  • Pre-opening tour of roller coaster maintenance activities; and
  • Front-of-the-line access to rides and the new Wildebeest water coaster for up to two hours.

“We think the front-of-the-line access will be very popular,” says Koch. “I’m also offering two hours to bend my ear about what you think our next big ride project should be—no guarantees, though!”

All proceeds from the 15 auctions, which will run through noon on Monday, May 17, will be donated to the American Red Cross for Nashville-area flood relief efforts.

To place a bid on one or more of the Holiday World Staff Auctions, go to and click on the “Auctions” button. Each of the 15 participating staff members has his or her own auction.

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Monday, May 10, 2010 8:44 AM
Gemini's avatar

Very creative way to raise money. Some of the best auction prizes I've seen in the amusement industry.

Last edited by Gemini, Monday, May 10, 2010 8:44 AM

Walt Schmidt - Co-Publisher, PointBuzz

Monday, May 10, 2010 9:40 AM

I put in a bid. This is for a great cause.

Hi.....whats your name again?

Monday, May 10, 2010 10:49 AM

Buy me! Buy me! :)


Paula Werne
Holiday World

Monday, May 10, 2010 12:06 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Raven Maven said:
Buy me! Buy me! :)

Looking at bank account balances as I type this...


Monday, May 10, 2010 2:19 PM

VERY creative! And for a great cause, too...

Monday, May 10, 2010 6:01 PM

Paula, can the one day tickets be split over a few years or are they all for this season? I'm not at all averse to buying eight tickets but I'd be hard pressed to use them in a year given my location :)

Monday, May 10, 2010 6:17 PM

Paula, is the included meal your world famous Pizza and Fudge dinner?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 7:07 AM

Richard -- Good point. Yes, we could certainly arrange that. No problem.

Og -- Sure, if that's your choice of menu.

Gonch -- Should I be frightened? :)

Thanks for everyone's kind words! Paula

Last edited by Raven Maven, Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:00 PM

Paula Werne
Holiday World

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 2:06 PM

This is super, what you folks are doing to help all those people struck by misfortune. Holiday World -- and all its staff -- is truly a class act. Kudos.

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