SOUTH BARRINGTON, IL -- The Coin-Op Cares
Foundation is making a $5,000 donation to
Haitian earthquake recovery programs run by Save
the Children and Unicef, according to the Amusement
and Music Operators Association, which administers
the industry's educational and charitable foundation.
Additionally, Coin-Op Cares will direct an industry
fundraising effort before and during the upcoming
Amusement Expo and match donations from industry
sources up to $5,000. The Amusement Expo, set for
March 10-12 in Las Vegas, is sponsored by AMOA and
the American Amusement Machine Association.
"Watching the daily reports from Haiti, we are both
touched and troubled by the situation there," said AMOA
president Gary Brewer of Brewer Amusement Co.
(McMinnville, TN). "[We are] touched by the outpouring of
support from around the world and troubled by the
magnitude of human suffering and work that lies ahead."
The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti has left 2 million people
homeless in the Caribbean nation.
In the summer and fall of 2005, Coin-Op Cares mobilized
a fundraising campaign to help victims of Hurricane
Katrina. Now, some four-and-one-half years later, the
industry foundation is again committed to allocating
resources to support disaster-relief efforts.
"We realize that many individuals and companies
have already stepped up to help the earthquake
victims in Haiti," Brewer said. "Yet, all reports indicate
the recovery and rebuilding process will take a
decade or more. Our industry has a long history of
being generous, and I ask all individuals, companies
and organizations affiliated with our business to
support this effort."
Donation checks should be made out to Coin-Op
"Haiti" in the memo section and send
checks to AMOA, 33 West Higgins Rd., Ste. 830, South
Barrington, IL 60010.
The AMOA also accepts donations by credit card. Call
(800) YES-AMOA to make a donation by credit card or
request a donation fax-back form. Forms can also be
downloaded from AMOA's website.