Expo Golf Tournament Tees Off
IAAPA Expo 2022 got an early start Sunday when nearly 100 enthusiastic IAAPA members began swinging away at the Shingle Creek Golf Course at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.
The generous players from across the attractions industry had fun playing to benefit a charity long supported by IAAPA, Give Kids The World Village in nearby Kissimmee. At the Give Kids The World resort, lodging and entertainment are provided to children facing critical illnesses and their families.
Players also wore yellow ribbons in somber remembrance of a spirited companion who died earlier this year—Hank Salemi, former president of Six Flags Great America. Gina Claassen, corporate safety director for Herschend Family Entertainment, played on a golf team with Salemi and spoke of him with fondness.
“We really miss Hank and it’s hard doing this without him,” she says. “He loved helping Give Kids The World, so it’s extra special today.”
Matt Kent, vice president of development for Martin Aquatic, feels the same way about Give Kids The World. “We play so we can connect and support this good cause. I’ve donated time, materials, and effort to Give Kids The World over the years. For us, it’s a no-brainer.”
Chang Sun Lim with Simworx came to Orlando early from South Korea just to play in the tournament. “I’ve been part of this tournament for two decades,” he said. “It’s something really good—to help kids with these difficulties—and to actively get to know people before the show!”