Friday, June 1, 2012

Cedar Fair to Host Fourth Annual Coasting For Kids at 11 North American Parks

Kissimmee, FL, USA (May 31, 2012) /PRWEB/ -- Roller coaster enthusiasts will have a chance to ride coasters for charity again this year at the Fourth Annual Coasting For Kids event held Sunday, June 10 at 11 Cedar Fair Entertainment Company amusement parks across North America. This marathon roller coaster event will help raise funds for Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a Central Florida non-profit “storybook” resort that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

More than 350 amusement park roller coaster fans have signed up to participate in the event, which offers complimentary admission to any Cedar Fair theme park in exchange for a $25 registration fee and a minimum fundraising donation of $75. Participants will also receive a limited edition 2012 Coasting For Kids t-shirt and VIP access to each park’s signature thrill ride. Featured rides include the legendary Magnum XL-200 and Gemini roller coasters at Cedar Point, Jaguar at Knott’s Berry Farm, Steel Force at Dorney Park, Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion and many more. Each park will also offer additional event perks unique to their location. Both the registration fee and the raised donations from the riders will help GKTW continue its 26-year mission of providing magical memories to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Riders are encouraged to reach out to their families, friends and communities to support them in this fundraising effort for GKTW.

“Families, particularly children, are the driving force behind all of Cedar Fair’s parks,” said Annie Zelm, spokeswoman for Cedar Point, Cedar Fair’s flagship park. “Our rides and attractions give them a rare opportunity to escape the stresses of everyday life, and our partnership with Give Kids The World Village helps make that possible for families who need a day of fun more than ever. We are proud of our parks’ combined efforts to raise funds so these deserving families can look forward to a vacation they’ll treasure for years.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Cedar Fair Entertainment Company on Coasting For Kids for the fourth consecutive year,” said GKTW President Pamela Landwirth. “Through the dedication and generosity of Cedar Fair and hundreds of amazing coaster enthusiasts, Give Kids The World will be able to continuing creating the happiness that inspires hope for thousands of children from around the world.”

Coasting For Kids will take place at Cedar Point (Ohio); Kings Island (Ohio); Canada’s Wonderland (Ontario, Canada); Dorney Park (Pa.); Valleyfair (Minn.); Michigan’s Adventure (Mich.); Kings Dominion (Va.); Carowinds (N.C.); Worlds of Fun (Mo.); Knott’s Berry Farm (Calif.); and California’s Great America (Calif.).

For more information and to register to participate in Coasting For Kids, visit coastingforkids.org. Space at each park is limited. To learn more about how this fundraiser will make a difference in the life of a child, please visit givekidstheworld.org.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Company, which owns and operates 11 amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels, is one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, Virginia / District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California under a management contract. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.

About Give Kids The World:
Recognized as the highest rated charity in America by personal finance site MainStreet, and also reported by MSN Money, Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 115,000 families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. For more information about GKTW and its mission, visit givekidstheworld.org.