IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 Events to Benefit Give Kids The World and Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

For Immediate Release

(September 6, 2013) – Registration is now open for three fun-filled events, which will take place during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 in Orlando, Florida, to benefit Give Kids The World (GKTW). This is the 18th consecutive year the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has partnered with GKTW as its official global charity. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 participants, along with their friends and families, can contribute to GKTW this year by playing 18 holes of golf at the award-winning Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, taking a scenic ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, or running through the GKTW Village.  

Expo participants can also contribute from the trade show floor by entering the GKTW Chance-to-Win drawing or by donating leftover booth items, such as plush toys, games, t-shirts, etc., to the Village. All profits will benefit GKTW, a storybook resort that provides cost-free dream vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world.  

IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament
The 18-hole scramble takes place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club in Orlando. Playing slots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Members are encouraged to register early as the event is expected to sell out weeks in advance.) The $200 registration fee includes practice facility time, bag service, lunch, and more. Registrations can be completed for individuals, pairs, threesomes, or foursomes; the deadline is Oct. 31.

IAAPA Motorcycle Ride
The motorcycle ride begins at 8 a.m., on Sunday, Nov. 17. The $100 registration fee includes participation and lunch at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club with IAAPA charity golf participants; however, it does not include motorcycle rental(s), which is available through Orlando Harley Davidson at +1 407/238-8660. All registrations must be completed by Oct. 31.  

IAAPA Charity 5K Run and 1K Walk, Footprints from the Heart
On Thursday, Nov. 21, the GKTW Village serves as the site for the IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk, Footprints from the Heart. Registration for individual participants is $30. Registration for participants on a team of five or more is $20 per person. Runners, walkers, and silent participants can register for the event using First Giving, a tool that allows individuals and teams to build awareness and raise money for this important cause by expanding the world of giving to other networks. All participants can raise additional funds for GKTW by engaging their families and friends in supporting GKTW when they create a First Giving personal fundraising page. IAAPA will recognize the top individual and top team fundraisers.

GKTW Chance-to-Win
From Tuesday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22, Expo participants can visit the GKTW booth (#3235) and enter the GKTW Chance-to-Win drawing for a Royal Caribbean five-day Diamond Cruise for two. Chances will be available for purchase (one chance for $20, three chances for $50, and 10 chances for $100.) A winner will be selected during a random drawing at the booth Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. Participants do not need to be in attendance at the drawing to win.

“The money raised and donations received as a result of the events that take place during IAAPA Attractions Expo help Give Kids The World deliver on its promise to create lasting memories for these special children and their families.” said Paul Noland, IAAPA President and CEO. “Whether it’s by participating in an event, supporting a friend or co-worker, or donating money or products, I encourage everyone to find a way to get involved and give back this year.”

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

Exhibitor Donations
Exhibiting companies can donate products to GKTW. Additional information will be distributed to each booth during the week and will be available at the Exhibitor Services Desk behind IAAPA Central, Booth #3433, Thursday, Nov. 21, or Friday, Nov. 22.

Event registration information and details are available at www.IAAPA.org/GKTWatExpo.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at www.IAAPA.org/GKTWatExpo or by e-mailing Amy Pepin at GKTWCharityEvents@IAAPA.org. A list of current sponsors is available here

About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village is a 70-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 fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations, and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 122,000 families from all 50 states and more than 74 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit www.givekidstheworld.org.   

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 is the largest conference and trade show in the world for the attractions industry. With its theme “Imagine the Possibilities,” the show will take place in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, and 26,000 industry professionals from 100 countries are expected to participate in the event from Monday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 22. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Nov. 22. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 offers a full week of business opportunities, networking events, and educational experiences, and features new ideas and products for the global attractions industry. Highlights of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 include a behind-the-scenes tour of Epcot at the Disney at Dawn event, the IAAPA Celebrates event at SeaWorld Orlando’s newest attraction “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin,” and more. www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

About IAAPA
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, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org

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