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The Eighth Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament to Take Place at Hawks Landing Golf Club in Orlando, Florida

March 29, 2010

The Eighth Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament to Take Place at Hawks Landing Golf Club in Orlando, Florida 
Registration Opens in April, Sponsors Start Lining Up 

Above: 2009 IAAPA International Golf Charity Tournament in Las Vegas.

Alexandria, Virginia (United States) – The eighth annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions(IAAPA), starts promptly at 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at Hawk's Landing Golf Club at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida. Registration opens in April, and all IAAPA Attractions Expo participants and members are invited to play. Sponsorshipopportunities for companies and individuals are now available. IAAPA encourages its members to participate in this charity event, which has raised nearly $300,000 for Give Kids The World(GKTW) since it began in 2003.  

“The IAAPA charity golf tournament is the ideal event to start IAAPA Attractions Expo week,” said John Graff, chairman of the IAAPA Golf Tournament Committee. “A golf course provides a relaxed atmosphere for industry leaders to connect and network with colleagues and potential business partners from around the world, regardless of their skill level. According to participants, the ability to positively impact the lives of sick children by supporting Give Kids The World is a key reason for the continued popularity of the tournament.”

Above: Hawk's Landing Golf Club Photo Credit: Orlando World Center Marriott Resort

An 8 a.m. shotgun start will begin the 18-hole scramble at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, a 6,600-yard Par 71 course, which includes extensive practice facilities and an award-winning golf shop. Playing slots are limited to 144 and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to register quickly, as past tournaments have sold out weeks in advance. A registration fee of US$200 includes valet parking, practice facility usage, bag service, a round of golf, breakfast, and networking lunch. An awards ceremony will end the day with prizes for several contests, including closest to the pin, longest drive, and hole in one. Rental clubs are available through the golf shop but are not included in the registration fee. Sponsorships are essential to produce a top-quality networking function at the best golf courses, and they provide support to GKTW. Leisure Labs LLC is the first Gold Sponsor of the event, but several other sponsorship opportunities are still available: Gold and Silver Sponsors, Breakfast Sponsor, Beverage Cart Sponsor, Patron Sponsor, and individual contest sponsors. In-kind donations are also needed for player gift bags and prizes for the on-site raffle. Information regarding tournament registration and sponsorships is available HERE, or may be obtained by contacting Slavic Stratan at vstratan@IAAPA.org.

Above: Pamela Landwirth, president, GKTW, and Bill Alter, tournament co-chairman, announce 2009 contest and raffle winners.
Pamela Landwirth, president, Give Kids The World said, "Each year we look forward to the annual IAAPA Golf Tournament. It is a celebration of the partnership Give Kids The World has built with IAAPA and its generous members. For eight years now, the golf tournament has helped us to continue to inspire hope for children who need it most, and we thank everyone who makes this event possible for us." IAAPA has partnered with GKTW for 15 years to raise donations and coordinate amusement park and attraction visits for children with life-threatening illnesses. The golf tournament is one of several events held in conjunction with IAAPA Attractions Expo week to generate support for GKTW.

About Give Kids The World Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village is a 70-acre, international 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 has welcomed more than 100,000 families from all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries around the world. www.gktw.org.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 is the largest conference and trade show for the amusement park and attractions industry in the world. With its theme “It’s All Here: The Thriving Marketplace for the Attractions Industry,” the show will take place in Orlando, Florida, and draw industry professionals from more than 90 countries to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 19. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 19. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 offers a solid week of business and fun. The event also includes educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, networking opportunities, and social events. This is the event where attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries gather to view the latest innovations, plan for the future, learn from each other, and network. Additional information can be found at www.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions.

About IAAPA IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry.


NOTE:   Images related to IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 and the IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament can be downloaded for publication from the online IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 press information page.


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