Kings Island’s annual Coasting for Kids raised more than $15,000 benefiting children with life-threatening illnesses.
More than 75 people participated in the Sunday fundraiser, in which volunteers secure pledges to marathon-ride the Racer and Diamondback roller coasters. Proceeds benefit Give Kids the World Village, a Central Florida non-profit resort that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
KI officials designate special cars specifically for the Coasting for Kids group, who are allowed to ride continuously without waiting in line.
Each rider pledges to raise at least $75 in donations. Dave Cornell, of Cincinnati, was the top fundraiser at Kings Island, raising more than $1,000.
Ten other Cedar Fair parks — KI’s parent company — participated in the event, which raised a total of $150,000 at all the parks combined.