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#67435 - 02/20/13 08:57 PM $10 to spare for a good cause
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I decided to join a fund raiser for the Mohonk Preserve on May 4.

If anyone wants to join me anywhere between the end of the afternoon until the finish line, that would be great. I'll probably be just hiking by then... and having company might be a fun way to get the body moving forward. Send me a PM if that is of interest.
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#67898 - 04/22/13 12:15 PM Re: $10 to spare for a good cause [Re: Mim]
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I raised $1,390 as of this morning and I was hoping it could make it passed the $1,600 mark before the fund raiser closed on April 28th!

All of your tax-deductible donations go directly to the Mohonk Preserve and to the preservation of the Ridge!
Here's my page:
http://www.crowdrise.com/RockTheRidge/fundraiser/myriambouchard

I did most of the 50-mile course this weekend over two days (minus 2-3 miles, I got lazy... :-) so I'm feeling pretty good about my odds of doing the whole thing (with sheer determination and a healthy dose of masochism... :-)

So, if you can, please donate - thank you so MUCH !
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#67933 - 04/24/13 01:30 PM Re: $10 to spare for a good cause [Re: Mim]
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Hmmmm. The Mohonk Preserve has a multi-million dollar visitor center and a two million dollar a year staff. Although a separate corporation, they are functionally the marketing arm as well as the tax avoidance arm of the $600 a night Mohonk Mountain House.

Having a fund raiser for the Mohonk Preserve/Mountain House is like having a bake sale for one of Donald Trump's New Jersey casinos.

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#67934 - 04/24/13 02:12 PM Re: $10 to spare for a good cause [Re: Kent]
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i giggled at the pancake brunch sign to raise funds for wild earth.

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#67936 - 04/24/13 04:17 PM Re: $10 to spare for a good cause [Re: Kent]
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Originally Posted By: Kent
Hmmmm. The Mohonk Preserve has a multi-million dollar visitor center and a two million dollar a year staff. Although a separate corporation, they are functionally the marketing arm as well as the tax avoidance arm of the $600 a night Mohonk Mountain House.

Having a fund raiser for the Mohonk Preserve/Mountain House is like having a bake sale for one of Donald Trump's New Jersey casinos.

Same old tired and tiresome song. If it all bugs you so much, why don't you just move somewhere far, far away from the Preserve. Preferably out of state. That was a suggestion, not a question.

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#67937 - 04/24/13 04:36 PM Re: $10 to spare for a good cause [Re: retroscree]
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Hey Marc, how are you? Nice to see that you are still your old acerbic self. cool

How was the skiing in the Wasatch this year? Better than last year I hope.

Edited to add:

Oh yeah, along the same lines of your suggestion, if you don't like what I have to say, why don't you just bugger off Utah.



Edited by Kent (04/24/13 04:42 PM)

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#67938 - 04/24/13 06:05 PM Re: $10 to spare for a good cause [Re: Kent]
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Originally Posted By: Kent
Having a fund raiser for the Mohonk Preserve/Mountain House is like having a bake sale for one of Donald Trump's New Jersey casinos.


Whoops....it seems that not only did the Trump lose control of his casino company, the individual casinos are gone now too...

From the Associated Press, February 14, 2013:

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Plaza, the Boardwalk centerpiece of Donald Trump's one-time Atlantic City empire, was sold Thursday to a California company for $20 million in the cheapest of a series of bargain-basement deals for distressed gambling halls in the struggling New Jersey seaside resort.

The Meruelo Group of Downey, Calif., plans to close the deal by May 31. It is the lowest price ever paid for a casino in Atlantic City.

The company, which counts construction, engineering, real estate, food service and private equity among its businesses, also owns the Grand Sierra Resort and casino in Reno, Nevada.

Trump Plaza, which cost $210 million to build, opened in May 1984 as one of Donald Trump's pet projects. The real estate mogul has since limited his dealings in Atlantic City.

The sale leaves the company he once ran, Trump Entertainment Resorts, with just one casino, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. The company sold the former Trump Marina to a Texas company that rebranded it as the new Golden Nugget in 2011.

Trump Plaza is one of the first casinos many visitors to Atlantic City see. It sits at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway on the Boardwalk, directly next to Boardwalk Hall, and sometimes markets itself as being in "the center of it all."

It stands 39 stories over the Boardwalk, and has 906 hotel rooms, ranking it among the smallest of the city's 12 casinos, the most successful of which have 2,000 or more rooms apiece.

Trump Plaza has struggled mightily in recent years, despite its central location. It has become the worst-performing casino in town in terms of casino revenue. Last month, Trump Plaza took in less than $4.9 million, a decline of more than 40 percent from a year ago.

For all of last year, Trump Plaza won just over $102 million from gamblers — or about what the city's top casino, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, wins in a good two months. Trump Plaza's winnings for 2012 were down 25 percent from 2011.

For the third quarter of last year, the most recent period for which statistics are available, Trump Plaza had a $2.35 million gross operating profit, down nearly 34 percent from the same period in 2011.

The sale price was also consistent with the fire-sale prices casinos have been going for lately in Atlantic City. Resorts Casino Hotel sold for $31.5 million in Dec. 2010. Trump Marina Hotel Casino fetched $38 million when it was sold in May 2011 and became the Golden Nugget.

Billionaire Carl Icahn bought the Tropicana Casino and resort out of bankruptcy court for $200 million worth of deeply discounted debt; the casino originally went on the market for about $1 billion when its former owners lost their casino license.

And The Atlantic City Club Casino Hotel is being bought by the parent company of the PokerStars website site for an as-yet undisclosed sum, which is expected to be a fraction of the $513 million its owners paid for it in 2005.

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#67939 - 04/24/13 06:14 PM Re: $10 to spare for a good cause [Re: tradjunkie]
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Yep, good thing the largest employer in this community is financially struggling:

http://m.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/br...4.html?mode=jqm

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#67940 - 04/24/13 06:42 PM Re: $10 to spare for a good cause [Re: tradjunkie]
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So TJ, are you saying a bake sale would have saved Trump's casinos?

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#67941 - 04/24/13 07:52 PM Re: $10 to spare for a good cause [Re: Kent]
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I pray the Preserve is as rich as Kent thinks it is.
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