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IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament Raises $45,000 for Give Kids The World

November 17, 2009


IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament Raises $45,000 for Give Kids The World

Las Vegas, Nevada (United States)—Attractions industry professionals raised $45,000 for Give Kids The World (GKTW) today at the seventh annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament was near-capacity at Angel Park Golf Club [www.angelpark.com] in Henderson, Nevada, and allowed participants to network, socialize, and enjoy a round of golf to benefit GKTW, a charity organization that creates dreamlike experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses. The event was the first of many during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009, which runs from Nov. 16 – 20.

Placing in first was the foursome comprised of Eric Chiang with Formosa Leisure; Jim Glover with Amusements Plus; Steve Hahn with Pacific Amusements; and Mario Mamon with Enchanted Kingdom.
Players from Germany, Canada, Lichtenstein, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated. Leisure Labs LLC served as Gold Sponsor for the tournament.

“This is an important event for our industry, and Give Kids The World is a wonderful charitable cause IAAPA has championed,” said John Graff, chairman of the IAAPA Golf Tournament Committee and former president of IAAPA. “The tournament really starts the week off on a fun, positive note. It’s amazing to see so many people pull together to put on a truly international tournament of industry leaders—all for the benefit of a great cause.”

“This tournament signifies an exciting start to the busy week; players are here not only for the friendly competition, but to support a truly worthwhile cause,” said Charlie Bray, president and CEO of IAAPA. “Give Kids The World makes a tangible difference in the lives of children and their families and IAAPA is proud to support them.”

“Our partnership with IAAPA means so much to our entire organization,” said Pamela Landwirth, president of GKTW. “Give Kids The World Village provides a temporary escape from the day-to-day life of having a child with a life-threatening illness, and instead, gives families memories they can hold on to—just as IAAPA members do for their guests. We are so blessed by all that IAAPA and its members do to help us continue to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve.”

IAAPA has partnered with GKTW for 15 years to raise donations and coordinate amusement park and attraction visits. The golf tournament, 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk, and other events held in conjunction with IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 have been established so the attractions industry can make significant financial contributions to the Village.

The following companies and individuals also sponsored aspects of the tournament, or provided in-kind donations: Apple Industries, Inc., Astrid Lindgrens World, Attractions Expo UK, Aquaclip Beverage Bottle Holder, Attractions Expo UK, Avius Experience, The Bray Family, Benchmark Games, Bobbie Wiener Enterprises Inc., Canobie Lake Park, Cedar Fair, Coney Island, Colorvision International, Deltronic Labs, Ed and Nadine Carroll, E.K. Fernandez Shows, Europa-Park, Firestone Financial, Five Star Golf, Forrec Ltd., Freeman, Gateway Ticketing Systems, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Glynn Geotechnical Engineering, Good Stuff/Win Stuff, Grand Pier Weston super Mare, HB Leisure Limited, Herschend Family Entertainment, Hersheypark, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Intamin Ride Trade, International Theme Park Services, Jack Rouse Associates, Kennywood, Lo-Q Plc., Knoebels Amusement Resort, Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks, Nanco, National Ticket, Naughton Insurance, New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, New Jersey Amusement Association, OABA/Showmen’s League of America, OmniTicket Network, Parques Reunidos, Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Association, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Redemption Plus, Regency Purchasing Group, Rides-4-U Inc., Robert P. Rittereiser, Sacoa Playcard, SeaWorld, Shepard Exposition Services, Simworx, Technifex Inc., The Stratis Group, Trio-Tech Amusement, Ira West, Waldameer Park Inc., West Midland Safari Park, Zamperla, Inc.

The next IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament is planned during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010, Nov. 15 – 19 in Orlando, Florida. Players or companies interested in participating in or sponsoring the tournament should contact Angela Albertini at aalbertini@iaapa.org; +1 703/836-4800 ext. 774.

About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations in its whimsical, onsite villas, donated attraction tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. Since 1986, with the help of many generous individuals and corporations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 97,000 families from 70 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit www.gktw.org.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 is the largest conference and trade show for the amusement park and attractions industry in the world. With its theme “Bright Lights, Big Show: The Main Attraction,” the show takes place for the first time in Las Vegas, and draws industry professionals from more than 85 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The trade show floor is open Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 offers a solid week of business and fun. The event also includes educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, marquee social events, and networking opportunities. This is the marketplace where amusement and attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries gather to network, view the latest innovations, and plan for the future. For more information, visitwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions.

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 90 years ago, 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. IAAPA represents more than 4,000 member facilities from 90 countries throughout the world.


Logos and images from IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 can be downloaded from the onlineIAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 press kit.

Contact Information
Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
Marion Hixon: mhixon@IAAPA.org
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org
Nicholas Wolaver: nicholas.wolaver@edelman.com