CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Carowinds, the thrill capital of the Southeast, announced today that a total of $40,701.49 was raised during Carowinds for the Cure, a four-week fundraising initiative benefitting the Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure™. The fundraiser ran from July 11-August 7.
"Our guests really stepped up to help find a cure for breast cancer," said Bart Kinzel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. "We know that these days it's hard to find someone who hasn't been touched by breast cancer in some way, whether it's on a personal level or by knowing someone else fighting the disease and we are so proud to donate more than forty thousand dollars to help find a cure."
Guests were able to take part in the fundraiser by purchasing special Carowinds for the Cure merchandise, admission tickets, and by adopting pink ducks in the 'adopt-a-duck' raffle. After purchasing their duck, guests tossed it into the lake underneath the Nighthawk roller coaster for the chance to win a 2011 Toyota Camry Courtesy of Scott Clark's Toyota City.
On August 7, 2011 the duck purchased by Ethel Sellers of Charlotte was pulled from the lake, and one week later she drove her new car home!
"We are thrilled that Carowinds chose to put on this incredible event," said Gloria Scienski, the executive director for the Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure™. "We know there's so much support and hope in this community and Carowinds for the Cure really exemplified that as we saw people from all over the region and across the country come together to help find a cure for breast cancer. We look forward to a long and healthy partnership with Carowinds and we know together, we will find a cure for breast cancer."
To learn about upcoming events at Carowinds, please visit www.carowinds.com.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: "FUN") 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, South Carolina, Virginia, 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.
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