Thor a Sponsor of Polar Bears Coney New Years Swim
The fact that Thor Equities is a sponsor of the Polar Bears Club New Year's swim has sparked a debate between members of the Coney Island crew. We noticed this because of a thread on the Coney Island Message Board called "Coney Island Polar Bear Club are Sellouts!!!!" The first entry says:
Never thought that I'd see the day when this club would be involved in an event with Thor. Makes your speeches at the save Coney rally deemed meaningless. Shame on the Polar Bear Club.The reference to the "rally" is to club president Louie Scarcella's vocal opposition to Thor's Coney plans at a Save Coney Island Rally earlier this year. Here's Mr. Scarcella's response, which is interesting in terms of both Thor and other businesses in Coney Island:
...Now hear this and hear this good. For the last four years NO ONE, NO ONE in Coney Island except for Steve at Steve's Grill house has supported us. People, I know everybody in Coney Island, I have been here and worked here 35 years AND NO ONE offered one red cent. A very well know bar on the boardwalk, which I will not mention, told us to drop dead when we asked them to place jars for donations for the Special Olympics on the bar two years ago. Yes, they refused to help this great cause. This makes me sick. This establishment has made thousands of dollars every New Years Day for many years. If it wasen't for our club, they would remain closed...if Thor is willing to help me and my club raise money for kids with cancer, I say God bless him. As for calling us sellouts, don't anyone dare to call this great club sellouts. If anyone wants to talk about this in person I am at Stilwell ave and the boards every Saturday and Sunday at noon...Remember what I have learned...no one in Coney Island except for Carol Albert and Dino at the Wounderwheel gives back to the community. All they are interestd in is THE LAST DOLLAR to be made on any given day. I promise you this is true.The comments about other businesses are as interesting as those about Thor. The full thread and text of the email is here. Details on the New Year's swim, proceeds from which support Camp Sunshine, are available here. The bears are trying to raise $50,000 for the camp for children.
Those of you who know me know that I love Coney Island more than any other place on earth. I will do everything to fight condos and hotels that may become condos. This Thor knows. I want the Coney Island of yesteryear to return. I hope in the coming years I live to see the changes. The changes that will make us, the poeple who love Coney Island happy. Sellouts, no not by a long shot.