Cedar Point Announces GateKeeper Auction For Charity

             Cedar Point Announces GateKeeper Auction For Charity

Bid to be first to ride, one of several ways to get involved for a cause

PR Newswire

SANDUSKY, Ohio, April 10, 2013

SANDUSKY, Ohio, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cedar Point amusement
park/resort is known for generating screams among thrill seekers, but it also
generates tens of thousands of dollars for charities each year.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120813/CL56180-a )

For the 2013 season, the park is pleased to announce several exciting
opportunities for guests to help a great cause while having their best day
ever!

FIRST RIDE AUCTION
The addition of a new wing roller coaster, GateKeeper, gives Cedar Point a
unique way to raise money for two outstanding organizations! The park is
partnering with Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital and United Way of Erie
County, each of which have 32 seats available to bidders. Those who place the
top bids will secure their seats for the first official ride on GateKeeper on
Cedar Point's Opening Day, May 11.

In exchange for their donations, the top 32 winning bidders will also receive
complimentary admission and early entry to Cedar Point, breakfast and special
souvenirs, including a T-shirt, medallion and on-ride photo. This is a
once-in-a-lifetime chance to take flight on GateKeeper, Cedar Point's 16^th
roller coaster, while helping local residents and children.

Bidding starts today, April 10, 2013, and will be open until 9 p.m. Monday,
May 6, 2013.

To place a bid for Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, click here:
http://www.cedarpoint.com/carouselsforkids
To place a bid for United Way, click here: http://www.uwerieco.org

CAROUSELS FOR KIDS
As part of an ongoing partnership, Cedar Point and Cleveland Clinic Children's
Hospital have announced plans for the first-ever Carousels for Kids
fundraiser, a program designed to help the hospital's patients experience
childhood joy again. There are several ways to get involved:

Beginning in May, participants can purchase raffle tickets for the chance to
win a brand new car from Tim Lally Chevrolet. The car will be displayed inside
the park. Tickets are just $5, and proceeds help researchers achieve
breakthroughs in pediatric diseases and treatments.

Throughout the month of July, Cedar Point's guests can show their support just
by taking a spin on any of Cedar Point's three carousels! The park will donate
10 cents for every rider on the Midway Carousel, Kiddy Kingdom Carousel and
Cedar Downs Racing Derby on the Main Midway.

"Our ultimate goal is to return kids to fun, and Cedar Point is the ideal
partner because fun is their foundation," said Giovanni Piedimonte, M.D.,
chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute and Children's Hospital.
"This campaign allows every single person the chance to help our patients and
have fun in the process."

Cedar Point's vice president and general manager John Hildebrandt said the
park is proud to be part of the first ride auctions and Carousels for Kids as
part of an ongoing initiative to give back to the community in a multitude of
ways.

"The teams here at Cedar Point, the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital and
United Way of Erie County share many of the same values and are
family-focused, so it just made perfect sense for our three organizations to
come together to help those who need it the most," he said.

Learn more about Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, its patients and
initiatives by visiting www.cedarpoint.com/carouselsforkids.

Cedar Point will open for its 144th season on May 11, 2013, with its new wing
roller coaster, GateKeeper. For more information, log on to
www.cedarpoint.com. Like us on  Facebook, follow us on Twitter for daily
updates, and check out our YouTube channel for video of GateKeeper and more!
Hi-res photos and videos of GateKeeper can be downloaded here:
http://bit.ly/gkdownload

About the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital: The Cleveland Clinic
Children's Hospital is committed to providing world-class care for all
children and their families on its main campus and throughout northern Ohio.
With nationally and internationally renowned pediatricians and specialists,
the hospital has consistently ranked among the "Best Children's Hospitals" by
U.S. News & World Report. For more information, please visit
http://clevelandclinic.org/childrens

About United Way of Erie County: United Way of Erie County funds 23 programs
provided by community agencies as well as six programs of its own which assist
Erie County residents in a variety of ways. It is invested in helping children
and adults achieve their potential through education, income assistance and
physical and mental health services. To learn more about its programs and
partner agencies, please visit www.uwerieco.org

SOURCE Cedar Point amusement park/resort

Website: http://www.cedarpoint.com
Contact: Annie Zelm, (419) 609-2067, azelm@cedarpoint.com
 
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