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Registration Now Open for Charity Events Benefiting Give Kids The World Village during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017


Registration Now Open for Charity Events Benefiting

Give Kids The World Village during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017

Golf Tournament, Motorcycle Ride, and Run and Walk Events Raise Funds to Bring Smiles 
to Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses 

ORLANDO, Fla., US (Sept. 20, 2017) – IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, taking place Nov. 13-17, 2017 in Orlando, will host three fundraisers benefiting Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village — an 84-acre, nonprofit resort based in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament, IAAPA Motorcycle Ride, and IAAPA Charity 5K Run and 1K Walk — “Footprints From the Heart — will each raise money in support of GKTW. Companies exhibiting during the trade show can also donate items to GKTW at the end of the week.

As a long-standing partner of GKTW, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and its members have raised more than $1 million over the course of more than 20 years.

IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament
This 18-hole scramble starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Playing slots are limited to 144 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The $200 registration fee includes transportation, golf cart, breakfast, lunch, and more. The registration deadline for individuals, pairs, threesomes, or foursomes is Nov. 6.

Please note: Members are encouraged to register early as the event is expected to sell out weeks in advance.

IAAPA Motorcycle Ride
The annual motorcycle ride begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Please note the $100 registration fee includes lunch; however, motorcycle rental is separate. Registration must be complete by Nov. 6.

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. 16, at GKTW Village in Kissimmee, Florida. Participants are encouraged to register in advance so they may create a personal fundraising page online to share with family and friends to raise additional donations ahead of Expo. Fundraising prizes will be awarded to the top individual fundraiser and top team fundraiser.

  • Teams of five or more can register at a minimum donation of $30 per person
  • Individuals can register for a minimum donation of $35 per person
  • For those who are unable to participate in person, the virtual runner program allows anyone to also create a fundraising page to help raise money in support of the event

Advance registration is open online until Tuesday, Nov. 14 and on-site at Expo at the GKTW Booth #4134 until 6 p.m. on Nov. 15. Runners can also register in person the morning of the event, Thursday, Nov. 16 at GKTW.

Exhibitor Donations
Exhibiting companies can donate 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. 16, and Friday, Nov. 17.

Charity 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 an 84-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 dream vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations, and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 156,000 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 2017
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. With its theme “Join the Creation Nation” 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 2017 will draw more than 32,000 industry professionals, including more than 21,000 decision-makers and buyers from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Monday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 17. The more than 560,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 17. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. #IAE17

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