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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010, Posted On: 1/30/2010

AMOA Mobilizes Coin-Op Cares For Haitian Recovery Effort

by Staff Reporter
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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 Cares. Print "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.

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