Expo Members Raise $94,000 for GKTW

by Jeremy Schoolfield and Keith Miller

IAAPA’s long-standing partnership with Give Kids The World (GKTW) continued to produce great results at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012, as attendees raised a total of $94,000 for the Florida charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses from 70 different countries.

GKTW Golf Tourney Hits 10 Years
The annual IAAPA & GKTW International Charity Golf Tournament reached a milestone this year, as it marked the 10th consecutive year for this favorite pre-conference activity. Over the past decade, this friendly competition has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for GKTW.

“I’m so pleased we continue to be a great international tournament—we have players from many, many countries who enjoy this day as the opening of IAAPA Attractions Expo,” said Bill Alter, co-chairman of the event that drew 143 golfers this year. “Nothing could be greater than making a sizable contribution to Give Kids The World while having this much fun. We have to thank all of the sponsors and everyone who’s played for 10 years. Most of the sponsors have been with us since the beginning, year after year.”

Once again, the tourney was paired with the third annual IAAPA Charity Motorcycle Ride, where 38 riders drove their bikes for a relaxing run through the Sunshine State. Together, these two events raised $75,000 for GKTW.

“We are deeply grateful to the planning committee, sponsors, and participants in this year’s tournament and motorcycle ride,” said GKTW President Pam Landwirth. “Their outpouring of love and support is truly an inspiration. The over­whelming success of the event will allow us to create the happiness that inspires hope for many more precious children.”

Runners and Walkers Take Strides for the Village
The skies may have been cloudy, with a misty drizzle in the air, but that didn’t dampen the spirits one bit at the sixth annual IAAPA 5K Fun Run & 1K Fun Walk hosted during the Expo at Give Kids The World Village, located just a few miles from the Orange County Convention Center. An inspiring 175 runners and walkers signed up for the run and walk, and several companies brought multiple participants, with Namco leading the way with 24.

Will Morey, IAAPA’s 2013 chairman, was present and commented on the event: “The connection between IAAPA and Give Kids The World gives members the opportunity to contribute to a great cause, whether it’s the golf tournament, the motorcycle event, or the fun run. It’s impressive to me how they adjust their schedules to come out and do this.”

The overall winner was Jenna Munguia of American Wave Machines, who completed the run in 18:17. The first male to finish was her husband, Martell, whose time was 18:50.

Said GKTW’s Landwirth: “In the middle of their busy schedules and all of that walking they do [on the show floor], I think it’s just a great testament to the IAAPA family that all of these people are willing to help us like this!”

GKTW Expo Fundraising

Golf Tournament/ Motorcycle Run: $75,000

On-Site Raffle: $6,600

Fun Run: $6,427