Updated: Feb 9, 2021
It's been a whirlwind since Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small made the announcement back in June that the crumbling Trump Plaza property which sits between the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk and Pacific avenue would be razed.
The original demolition date was pushed back, and the fundraiser to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City to push the detonation button, was canceled due to a cease & desist put forth by owner Carl Icahn's controlling company. Bodnar's Auction House reportedly explored every avenue possible to make something happen, since the highest bid was at $175,000 and growing. It all seemed virtually impossible, but low and behold, there was a silver lining ahead. Icahn's foundation decided to match the amount previously raised and donate it directly to the organization. Subsequently, many prominent Atlantic City business have stepped forward in a charitable way, by offering unique experiences to raise money, which didn't involve pushing the coveted button to seal the fate of this eye sore.
Joseph Bodnar, Owner & Head Auctioneer of Bodnar's Auction House teamed up with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Ocean Casino Resort, and Caesars to host a "viewing party" for top bidders. Not only would they have these VIP seats but they would also get an overnight stay and dinner at one of the properties.
One Atlantic Events, which is Atlantic City's premiere event space perched 100 yards out over the Atlantic Ocean, and located on the top level of The Pier Shops, also jumped in and offered up a "prime viewing seat" with an unparalleled view. I've been to the venue and can confirm the view of the demolition will be literal perfection while being safe at the same time!
The bidding took place on Wednesday February 3rd and brought in a total of $16,375. Ten VIP packages that included 2 viewing tickets, dinners and overnight stays at the respective casinos went for a total of $6,375, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino kicked in $10,000 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.
This story is still developing, so who knows if there will be any twists and turns before this actually goes down on February 17th at 9am. But rest assured, TheCityPulse.com and GoToWhitney have you covered!
I was present for the demolition of The Sands Casino & Hotel back in 2007, and it was a sight to see. Check out the video below on my YouTube Channel, I plan on doing something similar for this event as well so stay tuned!
Whitney Ullman is an entertainment reporter & social media influencer who has a passion for helping Atlantic City & surrounding areas flourish.