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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 9, 2009) – Carowinds, the 112-acre amusement and water park, and The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & Western North Carolina are partnering together for Ride for Wishes. Carowinds hopes to be able to grant wishes for Make-A-Wish children with life threatening illnesses by donating the first public ride on the park's new roller coaster, Carolina Cobra, as an auction item for the charity.
Make-A-Wish is currently auctioning off 28-seats of the first train to run on Carolina Cobra on opening day, March 28, 2009. The 28 highest bidders will receive free admission into the park for themselves and a guest, early entry at 9:30 a.m., and the opportunity to be part of the first public ride on Carolina Cobra.
Those wishing to bid for the opportunity to be part of the first public ride on Carolina Cobra may do so online at www.ncwish.org or ncrideforwishes.kintera.org. The highest bidder will be given their choice of the seats available, then the second highest bidder will choose from the remaining seats, and so on. The bidding starts at $50 per seat. All bidders who plan to ride must meet the height and safety requirements for the ride (at least 48" tall). The auction will close at noon on Wednesday, March 24.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Central and Western North Carolina chapter was founded in 1985 and has granted over 2,200 wishes. The chapter covers the state from Alamance County west.
Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN." In addition to Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, CA under a management contract.