(Nov. 18, 2011) – On Sunday, Nov. 13, 152 attractions industry professionals raised $66,215 for Give Kids The World (GKTW) by participating in two events hosted by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the ninth annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament and the second annual IAAPA Motorcycle Run. GKTW Village is an international non-profit resort located in Kissimmee, Fla., that provides dream-like vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses.
The golf tournament and motorcycle run, are the first two events of four GKTW fundraising opportunities for attractions industry professionals attending IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011, the largest conference and trade show for the worldwide attractions industry. The golf tournament took place at Hawk's Landing Golf Club at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort. A crowd of 124 participants networked and socialized, while they played a round of golf to benefit GKTW.
Placing in first was the foursome comprised of Tom Burnett with LO-Q PLC, Will Morey with Morey’s Piers, and Chris Perry and De Wit Leander with Wild Wadi Waterpark.Second place was Jason Mauser and Earl Foura with National Ticket Company, Alan Kanter with Circus Circus, and Jeff Hudson with Skee-Ball.
Riders cruised on Harley Davidsons through the hills, farmlands, lakes, and forests surrounding Orlando. A Maybach sedan served as their chase vehicle. Riders then joined industry colleagues at the golf tournament in the afternoon to share stories, congratulate winners, and gear up for the week ahead.
“We are excited to be here today in support of Give Kids The World, an organization to which the attractions industry has a special bond.” said John Graff, the golf tournament’s co-chairman. “After a successful event, players are already looking forward to next year.”
“Today’s events are two unique ways our industry helps kids with life-threatening illnesses,” said Chip Cleary, president and CEO of IAAPA. “There are several Give Kids The World events this week that allow IAAPA Attractions Expo participants to give back and take part in the Village’s year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary.”
“Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to IAAPA and all the attractions industry professionals who have helped to provide magical memories for our precious children,” said GKTW President Pam Landwirth. “Their boundless generosity over the years has helped create the happiness that inspires hope for more than 112,000 children and their families from around the world.”
IAAPA has partnered with GKTW for more than 15 years to raise donations and coordinate amusement park and attraction visits for children with life-threatening illnesses. The golf tournament, motorcycle run, a 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk, and a cruise raffle all held in conjunction with IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 provide opportunities for the attractions industry to make significant financial contributions to the Village.
The next IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament and Motorcycle Run are planned for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012, Nov. 12 – 16, in Orlando, Florida. Riders, players, or companies interested in participating in or sponsoring these events should contact Diane Williams at dwilliams@IAAPA.org, or +1 703/836-4800.
Vekoma was the Gold Sponsor for the tournament. Allied Specialty Insurance, Inc. and Neptune Benson were Silver Sponsors of the golf tournament. Uremet was the key sponsor for the motorcycle run. The following companies and individuals also sponsored aspects of the tournament, motorcycle run, or provided in-kind donations: 5centride.com, Amusement Industry Consulting, Amusement Management Partners LLC, Apple Industries, Astrid Lindgrens World, Avius Experience Limited, Bay Tek Games Inc., Benchmark Games, Inc., Bloody Mary Inc., Bob Rittereiser, Bob's Space Racers Inc., British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions (BALPPA), Canobie Lake Park, Cedar Fair Entertainment, Chance Rides Manufacturing,Charlie and Becky Bray, Colorvision International Inc., Coney Island Park, Dave and Buster's, Deltronic Labs, Dollywood, E.K. Fernandez Shows Inc., Europa-Park, Freeman, Forrec Ltd., Gillian's Wonderland Pier, Glynn Geotechnical Engineering, Gold Medal Products, Herschend Family Entertainment, Hersheypark, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, IAAPA Waterparks Committee, Intamin, International Theme Park Services Inc., Jack Rouse Associates, JN Entertainment & Leisure Consultancy, John and Cherie Collins, Kay and John Graff, Kennywood, Leisure Labs LLC, Mack Rides, Martin-Vleminckx Rides, Mini Melts, Morey's Piers, Nanco, National Ticket Company, Naughton Insurance, OmniTicket Network, Orlando Harley Davidson, Parks and Resorts Scandinavia AB, Patty and Bob Bennett, Pennsylvania Amusement Park Association (PAPA), Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Inc., Picsolve, Pinnacle Entertainment Advisors by Redemption Plus, Privat Car, P.T. Funworld Prima, Ralph S. Alberts Co. Inc., Rides-4-U Inc., Ripley Entertainment Inc., Sally Corporation, Seabreeze Amusement Park, SeaWorld Orlando, Shepard Exposition Services, S & S Worldwide, The Good Stuff Company, The Lifeguard Store, The Ride Entertainment Group, Theme Park Review, Travel Planners, Triotech Amusement Inc., Universal Orlando Resort, Uremet Corporation, Waldameer Water World, West Midland Safari Park, Whitewater West Industries Ltd., Wiegand Sports LLC, Zambelli Fireworks, and Zamperla.
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 112,000 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 takes place in Orlando, Florida, and draws 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 is 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 global gathering place for attractions industry professionals and decision makers to view the latest innovations, plan for the future, learn from one another, and network.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
Editor’s Note: Images of the event are available atwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/2011/showdaily/imagegallery.asp
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