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Cedar Point hopes to ‘Give Kids the World’

Melissa Topey • Dec 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Cedar Point is again fundraising for a nonprofit children’s charity.

Cedar Point is participating in Gaylord Opryland Resort’s Canvas For A Cause to raise money for Give Kids the World, a Florida charity that provides free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses.

“We are honored to be a part of this special fundraiser. Give Kids the World is a great charity that we have worked with in the past as part of Coasting for Kids. We love the fact that the proceeds from this sale will help kids and families who need it most,” said Bryan Edwards, spokesman for Cedar Point.

Cedar Point donated for auction a photograph, on canvas, of the park and its iconic rides. It also included four tickets to Cedar Point for the 2014 season. Anyone interested can bid through Dec. 28, with the proceeds going to Give Kids the World Village.

Give Kids the World has quickly become a favorite of the amusement park.

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• CANVAS FOR A CAUSE: oprylandcanvasforacause.com /index.php

• TO BID: click HERE

Give Kids the World

A Florida resort where children with a terminal illness and their families get to just be a family, having fun, at no cost. That was important to its founder, Henri Landwirth, who realized families were already buried under medical debt and would not be able to afford a vacation.


“This can be a great holiday gift, and we would love to raise some money for a good cause” Cedar Fair spokeswoman Stacy Frole said.

Cedar Fair has partnered with Give Kids the World for the past four years, when the organization came to the attention of Edwards.

Edwards was talking to a friend, Scott Fais, about his desire to create a fundraiser involving the park’s coasters. Fais, from Florida, told Edwards about Give Kids the World, and Coasting for Kids was born.

The first fundraiser was in 2009 at the Cedar Point park only. That first year it raised about $10,000. Coasting for Kids expanded to all 11 Cedar Fair parks the following year. The event in its four years has raised about $378,000 for Give Kids the World.

They are hoping Canvas For A Cause adds to that total.

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