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Registration Open for Three Charity Events to Benefit Give Kids The World Village

Registration Open for Three Charity Events to Benefit Give Kids The World Village During IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016
Golf Tournament, Motorcycle Ride, and Fun Run and Walk Events Raise Money to Help Bring Smiles to Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

(Alexandria, Virginia, US) – Three fundraisers to benefit Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village will be held during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 the week of Nov. 14 in Orlando, Florida: the IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament, IAAPA Motorcycle Ride, and IAAPA Charity 5K Run and 1K Walk, Footprints from the Heart. Companies exhibiting during the trade show can also donate items to the Village at the conclusion of the week. Funds and donations collected will benefit GKTW, a 70-acre, nonprofit resort based in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and its members have raised more than $1 million for GKTW over its 20-year partnership.

IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament
The 18-hole scramble starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club in Orlando. Playing slots are limited to 144 and available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Members are encouraged to register early as the event is expected to sell out weeks in advance.) The $200 registration fee includes practice facility time, bag service, lunch, and more. The registration deadline for individuals, pairs, threesomes, or foursomes is Nov. 4.

IAAPA Motorcycle Ride
The motorcycle ride begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. The $100 registration fee includes basic registration and lunch. Details regarding the specific route are forthcoming. The fee does not include motorcycle rental, which is available through Orlando Harley-Davidson at +1 407/238-8660. All registrations must be completed by Nov. 4.

IAAPA Charity 5K Run and 1K Walk, Footprints from the Heart
The IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk, Footprints from the Heart takes place Thursday, Nov. 17, at GKTW Village. Once runners and walkers register they can create a personal fundraising page online to share with family and friends to raise additional donations. Fundraising prizes are awarded to the top individual fundraiser and top team fundraiser. Teams of five or more register at a minimum donation of $30 per person; individuals can register for a minimum donation of $35 per person. People do not actually have to run or walk to participate. IAAPA’s virtual runner program (formerly known as cheerleaders) allows anyone to donate (minimum donation is $35) and create a personal fundraising page. Advance registration is open online until Nov. 16 and on-site at the Expo at the GKTW Booth #3431 up until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Runners can also register in person the morning of the event, Thursday, Nov. 17.

Exhibitor Donations
Exhibiting companies can donate leftover booth items, such as plush toys, games, t-shirts, etc., to the Village. Additional information will be distributed to each booth during the week and will be available at the Exhibitor Services Desk behind IAAPA Central, Booth #3831, Thursday, Nov. 17, or Friday, Nov. 18.

Event registration information and details are available at www.IAAPA.org/GKTWatExpo

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit www.IAAPA.org/GKTWatExpo or e-mail GKTWCharityEvents@IAAPA.org for additional information. 

About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village is a 79-acre, nonprofit resort based in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical Village, donated attractions tickets, meals, and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations, and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 146,000 families from all 50 U.S. states and more than 75 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit www.givekidstheworld.org.  

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. With its theme “Every Experience Matters” the show provides attractions industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries with everything needed to take every guest experience to the next level, whether through the thousands of innovations, the hundreds of expert-led educational opportunities, or the engaging networking opportunities. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 will draw more than 30,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Monday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 18. The more than 525,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 18. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. #IAE16