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COINS IN FOUNTAINS WILL GO TO TERRORISM RELIEF

Nov. 7, 2001 – Visitors to the Divi Carina Bay Casino often pitch spare change into the two fountains on the property — perhaps for luck going in, or in either glee or dismay coming out — and it's been the management's practice to donate the cash, fished out from time to time, to charity.
Now, there's actually a drive under way, called the "Fountain of Hope" campaign. Money being tossed into the water will be given to "Operation Helping Hand," a Government House-sponsored telethon set for Nov. 17 that is to benefit victims and families of victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks.
Donations for the campaign also may be made inside the casino.
What's more, whatever amount is collected, "we'll match it," Divi advertising manager Fran Geocaris said Tuesday.
There already were a couple of sacks of retrieved coins sitting around before Sept. 11 awaiting distribution, and they will be part of the telethon donation, Geocaris said.
She said visitors had asked about a way to help victims of the disaster.
The poster promoting the "Fountain of Hope" campaign carries a photograph of the New York City skyline that includes the former World Trade Center towers and an American flag. To motivate folks a bit more, the casino is giving a "United we stand" pin, also featuring the American flag, to each donor.

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Nov. 7, 2001 - Visitors to the Divi Carina Bay Casino often pitch spare change into the two fountains on the property -- perhaps for luck going in, or in either glee or dismay coming out -- and it's been the management's practice to donate the cash, fished out from time to time, to charity.
Now, there's actually a drive under way, called the "Fountain of Hope" campaign. Money being tossed into the water will be given to "Operation Helping Hand," a Government House-sponsored telethon set for Nov. 17 that is to benefit victims and families of victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks.
Donations for the campaign also may be made inside the casino.
What's more, whatever amount is collected, "we'll match it," Divi advertising manager Fran Geocaris said Tuesday.
There already were a couple of sacks of retrieved coins sitting around before Sept. 11 awaiting distribution, and they will be part of the telethon donation, Geocaris said.
She said visitors had asked about a way to help victims of the disaster.
The poster promoting the "Fountain of Hope" campaign carries a photograph of the New York City skyline that includes the former World Trade Center towers and an American flag. To motivate folks a bit more, the casino is giving a "United we stand" pin, also featuring the American flag, to each donor.