IAAPA to Host Three Events to Benefit Give Kids The World During IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 in Orlando

For Immediate Release


IAAPA to Host Three Events to Benefit Give Kids The World 
During IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 in Orlando


(September 26, 2011) – Attractions industry professionals and their families will swing a golf club, ride a motorcycle, and lace up their shoes this November for three charity events hosted by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) to benefit Give Kids The World (GKTW). GKTW Village is a resort that creates magical moments for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The events will take place during IAAPA’s annual conference and trade show, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011, Nov. 14-18, in Orlando.

“IAAPA is proud of our more than 15-year partnership with Give Kids The World,” said Chip Cleary, IAAPA President and CEO. “These unique and exciting events are ways for our members to get involved and give back. We look forward to being a part of the year-long celebration of Give Kids The World’s 25th anniversary.” 

The IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament, the IAAPA Motorcycle Run, and the IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk each provide an opportunity for trade show attendees to gather with friends and colleagues and meet other attractions professionals in a fun, engaging way, while also giving back to the a worthwhile cause.

The Ninth Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament will take place at Hawk's Landing Golf Club, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, Sunday, Nov. 13. The 18-hole scramble tournament will begin with an 8 a.m., shotgun start. Playing slots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to a round of golf, the US$200 registration fee includes practice facility time, bag service, and breakfast and lunch. The registration deadline is Oct. 31; however, members are encouraged to register early as past tournaments have sold out weeks in advance. Information about sponsorship opportunities is available atwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/2011/events/documents/2011SponsorshipLevels--Updated8.23.11.pdf.

After a successful first year, the Second Annual IAAPA Motorcycle Run will take place at 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 13. The event begins and ends at Orlando Harley Davidson and riders will enjoy lunch with those playing in the golf tournament at Hawk's Landing Golf Club. The registration fee is US$100 and does not include motorcycle rentals. (Rentals are available from Orlando Harley Davidson.) The deadline to register is Oct. 31.

GKTW Village will serve as the site for the IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk Thursday, Nov. 17. Buses will ensure participants arrive for the 7:30 a.m. start. Since IAAPA Attractions Expo is a busy week, and some may prefer to sleep in, participants can also choose to make a donation to GKTW by becoming a silent runner. Advanced registration is encouraged, but members can sign up during IAAPA Attractions Expo at the GKTW booth, #3935.

The exhibitor donation program and the World Passport for Kids Program are two additional ways companies can give back to GKTW. Information about each program will be available at the GKTW booth.

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 states and more than 70 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit www.gktw.org.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011
IAAPA Attractions Expo is the largest conference and trade show in the world for the attractions industry. With its theme “The Force Behind the Attractions,” the show will take place in Orlando, Florida, and draw 25,000 industry professionals from 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 18. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 18. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 offers a full week of business opportunities, educational experiences, and features new ideas, products, and events. This is the gathering place for attractions industry professionals and decision makers to view the latest innovations, plan for the future, learn from one another, and network. More information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, 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. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, and maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org 


Contact Information:
IAAPA Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org 
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org