September 26, 2008
IAAPA Announces Expo Efforts to Raise Funds for
Give Kids The World
Alexandria, Virginia (United States) – Attendees at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008 have seven unique opportunities to support Give Kids The World (GKTW) in its mission to create magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses from throughout the world. Participation or sponsorship opportunities are still available for the events, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting GKTW. The events will be held at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008, which takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–21.
New: Charity Car Raffle at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008 (Nov. 17–20) – Courtesy of General Motors Corporation
Give Kids The World will give away a 2008 Saturn Sky for the first time at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008. The chili pepper-red convertible has a 4-cylinder, 173-horsepower dual overhead cam VVT engine. Tickets may be purchased at the GKTW booth (#5440) throughout the week for $50 for one chance to win and $100 for three chances. Participants aren’t required to be present when the winner is announced at the Expo Gala on Nov. 20. The winner will be responsible for taxes, tags, title, registration fees, and shipping costs, if applicable.
International IAAPA Charity Golf Tournament (Nov. 16, 9 a.m.) – Sponsored by Ripley Entertainment
Held at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida, this captain’s-choice tournament allows industry leaders to network with attractions owners, operators, and suppliers from throughout the world. While tournament playing positions have been filled, interested parties can still get involved as a Silver, Bronze, or Patron sponsor by contacting Angela Albertini at aalbertini@IAAPA.org.
IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk at SeaWorld Orlando (Nov. 20, 7:30 a.m.) – Hosted by SeaWorld Orlando
The event returns for its second year and participants from 2007 have already signed up their colleagues and family members to exercise for a good cause. While the event is closed to the general public, all Expo participants and GKTW supporters are invited to participate. Registration (available online or by downloading the registration form) is $25 before Nov. 7, and $30 after that date. Anyone interested in supporting the effort from the sidelines is encouraged to join the Silent Runner program or give in-kind donations for event participants. Interested parties should contact Angela Albertini at aalbertini@IAAPA.org.
Live and Silent Auctions at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008 Gala (Nov. 20, 7 p.m.–Midnight) –Sponsored by CLM Entertainment and Kodak Event Imaging Solutions
This year the live and silent auctions will be held during the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008 Gala. Silent auction items already on the bidding roster include a Swim with the Sharks package from the Georgia Aquarium, an autographed Hannah Montana guitar, and a set of Louis Vuitton luggage, among others. Additional items for both auctions are appreciated, and interested donors should contact Angela Albertini at aalbertini@IAAPA.org.
Exhibitor Collections (Nov. 21)
Exhibitors often have leftover items at the end of IAAPA Attractions Expo week, including plush, games, small rides, toys, furniture, t-shirts, and more. Anyone with surplus items that could be of use to Give Kids The World and its visitors is encouraged to donate these items at the end of the week. GKTW is always in need of small gifts, especially items targeted for teens. Pick-up forms will be available at the Freeman Service Center (across from booth #5660), and collection will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. A drop-off area is also available. Interested exhibitors should visit the Freeman Service Center or GKTW booth (#5440) for more information.
Give Kids The World Village Tour (Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m.)
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008 guests interested in visiting Give Kids The World Village can sign up for this tour of the site, complete with a history of the organization’s founding and stops at popular Village locations such as the Amberville Train Station, Gingerbread House Restaurant, and the newly completed Fairy Tale Forest, which includes “Matthew’s Boundless Playground” and new family villas. Interested attendees should sign up at the GKTW booth (#5440) before 5 p.m. on Nov. 20. The tour will last one and a half hours; a bus will depart from the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center at 8 a.m. and return at 10 a.m. There is no cost to participate in the tour.
Give Kids The World, IAAPA World Passport for Kids Program (Nov. 18-21)
The World Passport for Kids Program was created by IAAPA and Give Kids The World to allow active IAAPA members a chance to offer the children who visit GKTW Village free admission to their facilities. After staying at the Village, families will receive a World Passport and list of participating facilities. The child’s entire immediate family can use the World Passport for admission up to one year from its date of issue. Participating attractions are only obligated to provide free admission, although many IAAPA members offer additional amenities and services. Information on joining the program is available at the GKTW booth (#5440) or by contacting Jan McCool at IAAPA at +1 703/836-4800 or jmccool@IAAPA.org.
“The new car raffle, golf tournament, live and silent auctions, and other events at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008, are all exciting ways to get involved while supporting a great cause,” said Charles Bray, president and CEO of IAAPA. “We have been a proud sponsor of Give Kids The World for more than 10 years and are committed to the growth of the Village in support of their mission.”
“One of our favorite and most eagerly awaited times each year is the Expo,” said Pam Landwirth, president of Give Kids The World. “It gives us the opportunity to spend time with all of our generous friends from IAAPA who share their time, talents, and hearts with us throughout the year. We are truly blessed that the association’s members have embraced our mission and do so much to ensure we can continue to create the happiness that inspires hope for children from all over the world.”
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 week-long, 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 89,000 families from all 50 states and more than 65 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit www.gktw.org.
About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008
The IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008 is the largest conference and trade show for the amusement park and attractions industry in the world. With its theme “Success in Every Direction,” the show will draw an estimated 25,000 participants, representing amusement and theme parks, family entertainment centers, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, museums, casinos, resorts, developers, themed entertainment designers, consultants, manufacturers, and suppliers, to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 21.
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008 offers a solid week of business and fun. More than 1,000 exhibitors will display their products and services in 1 million square feet of exhibit space. 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.
IAAPA, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded almost 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 amusement industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries.
Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org
Tiffany Fessler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas Wolaver: email@example.com