First Diamondback ride brings in more than $100,000 for charity
Published: April 16, 2009 at 12:45 PM
The online auctioning off of the first rides on Diamondback, Kings Island's newest coaster opening this Saturday, netted about $102,000 for the nonprofit organization "A Kid Again". Final bids ranged from $100 to $5000. Many of the seats were won by local and national businesses, who in turn donated the seats to the children who are a part of the charity. The park had to increase the number of "first rides" due to the auction popularity.
Kings Island opens the 2009 season this Saturday. It will not be open this Sunday though, due to a private function. The park will continue to be open weekends until May 22, when it will open daily for the summer.