Registration Open for Charity Events to Benefit Give Kids The World Village During IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015

Money Raised by Golf Tournament, Motorcycle Ride, and Fun Run and Walk Events Will Help Bring Smiles to Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses 

(July 22, 2015) – Three fundraisers to benefit Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village will be held during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 the week of Nov. 16 in Orlando, Florida: the IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament, IAAPA Motorcycle Ride, and IAAPA Charity 5K Run and 1K Walk, Footprints from the Heart. Companies exhibiting during the trade show can also donate items to the Village at the conclusion of the week. Funds and donations collected will benefit GKTW, a 70-acre, nonprofit resort based in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and GKTW will celebrate 20 years of their partnership during the 2015 Expo.

IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament
The 18-hole scramble starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club in Orlando. Playing slots are limited to 144 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 US$200 registration fee includes practice facility time, bag service, lunch, and more. The registration deadline for individuals, pairs, threesomes, or foursomes is Nov 6. 

IAAPA Motorcycle Ride
The motorcycle ride begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. The US$100 registration fee includes basic registration and lunch. Participants have the option of joining the golf tournament participants for lunch and networking or continuing with the bikers to an offsite BBQ. The fee does not include motorcycle rental, which is available through Orlando Harley-Davidson at +1 407/238-8660. All registrations must be completed by Nov. 6.

IAAPA Charity 5K Run and 1K Walk, Footprints from the Heart
The IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk, Footprints from the Heart takes place Thursday, Nov. 19, at GKTW Village. Once runners and walkers register they can create a personal fundraising page online to share with family and friends for additional donations. Fundraising prizes are awarded to the top individual fundraiser and top team fundraiser. Teams of five or more register at a minimum donation of US$30 per person; individuals can register for a minimum donation of US$35 per person. People do not actually have to run or walk to participate. Anyone can be a fundraising “cheerleader” and make a minimum US$35 donation. Cheerleaders can also create personal fundraising pages. Advance registration is open online until Nov. 18 and on-site at the Expo at the GKTW Booth #3430.

Exhibitor Donations
Exhibiting companies can donate leftover booth items, such as plush toys, games, t-shirts, etc., to the Village. Additional information will be distributed to each booth during the week and will be available at the Exhibitor Services Desk behind IAAPA Central, Booth #3830, Thursday, Nov. 19, or Friday, Nov. 20.

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

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit www.IAAPA.org/GKTWatExpo or e-mail GKTWCharityEvents@IAAPA.org for additional information.  

About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village is a 74-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 Village has welcomed more than 138,000 families from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit www.givekidstheworld.org.  

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. With its theme “New. Now. Next!” the show will take place in Orlando, Florida, and draw more than 28,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The 525,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 is the global gathering place for attractions industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries. They come together to view the latest innovations, learn from each other, network, plan for the future. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

About IAAPA
Founded in 1918, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (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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