IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 Participants Raise More Than $120,000 for Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida

(Dec. 5, 2014) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and attractions industry professionals raised more than $120,000 for Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village in Kissimmee, Florida. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is the largest conference and trade show for the attractions industry and took place in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17-21. GKTW is a nonprofit resort that provides cost-free vacations for children from around the world with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The money was raised through private donations and the following fundraising events: 12th Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament, 5th Annual Motorcycle Ride, 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk, and Chance-to-Win Raffle.

“We greatly appreciate our longstanding partnership with IAAPA and its members, and we are so thankful for the continued support,” said Pamela Landwirth, president of GKTW. “The outpouring of support from IAAPA and the attractions industry as a whole allows us to continue to create smiles and inspire hope for our Wish families.”

12th Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament
The 12th Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament drew 127 attractions industry professionals who enjoyed a round of golf at Hawks Landing Golf Course at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort on Sunday, Nov. 16. The foursome of Andrew Callies, Jason Kielmann, Shawn Kirsch, and Christian Vozza, all from Congo River Golf in Orlando, Florida, won the tournament.

5th Annual IAAPA Motorcycle Ride
Thirty-eight motorcycle enthusiasts toured Orlando’s scenic landscape on Sunday, Nov. 16, during IAAPA’s fifth annual motorcycle ride for GKTW. Orlando Harley Davidson served as the ride’s starting and ending point.

IAAPA’s 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk, Footprints From the Heart
On Thursday, Nov. 20, 153 people participated in the IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk held at the Give Kids The World Village.

Ethan Knoebel, of Knoebels Amusement Resort, won the men’s 5K race, finishing with a time of 17:06.   Gina Claassen of Herschend Family Entertainment won the women’s race, finishing the 5K in 20:58.

The highest individual fundraiser for the 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk was Joanna DelMoral of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA); she raised $1,300.

Chance-to-Win Raffle
Throughout the week, Expo participants entered the Chance-to-Win raffle in hopes of winning a four-to-five-night Royal Caribbean cruise by donating to GKTW at the organization’s Expo booth at the Orange County Convention Center.

A list of golf tournament sponsors, motorcycle ride sponsors, and fun run sponsors is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/iaapa-attractions-expo/charity/sponsors.  

IAAPA also partners with GKTW for the World Passport for Kids Program, which enables Wish families who stay at the Village to visit a participating amusement park or attraction for up to a year following their stay. IAAPA member attractions from around the world participate in the program. Additional information about the program is available at www.IAAPA.org/about-IAAPA/community-outreach.

About Give Kids The World

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, 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 130,000 families from all 50 states and over 75 countries.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. Trade Show News Network ranks IAAPA Attractions Expo as the 28th largest trade show in North America. With its theme “Big Starts Here,” the show took place in Orlando, Florida, and drew more than 30,500 industry professionals from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is the gathering place for attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries to view the latest innovations, plan for the future, learn from each other, and network. Additional information can be found at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.  @IAAPAHQ #IAE14

About IAAPA
Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located 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, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Orlando. www.IAAPA.org

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