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Registration Now Open for Charity Events Benefiting Give Kids The World Village during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018

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Registration Now Open for Charity Events Benefiting

Give Kids The World Village during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018

Annual Golf Tournament, Run and Walk Events Raise
Funds for 
Children with Critical Illnesses 

ORLANDO, Fla., US (June 21, 2018) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) today announced registration is now open for the 16th Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament and IAAPA Footprints From the Heart 5K Run/1 Mile Walk Benefiting Give Kids The World Village each taking place during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018. The annual events raise funds for Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village — an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with critical illnesses and their families from around the world. As a long-standing partner of GKTW, IAAPA and its members have raised more than $1 million over the course of more than 20 years.

New location: IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament
For the first time in IAAPA Attractions Expo history, the golf tournament will be held at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida on Sunday, Nov. 11. Recognized as one of the top public golf courses in the Orlando area and a premier golf destination, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club is conveniently located 20 minutes away from the Orange County Convention Center. The Rees Jones designed championship golf course also offers a spacious clubhouse, the latest technology, and an award-winning golf shop.

This 18-hole scramble starts at 8 a.m. The $200 registration fee includes transportation, golf cart, breakfast, and lunch. Golf club rentals will be available for $25 each. The registration deadline for individuals, pairs, threesomes, or foursomes is Nov. 6. Learn more and register now for the golf tournament.

Please note: Participants are encouraged to register early as the event is expected to sell out weeks in advance.

IAAPA Footprints From the Heart 5K Run/1 Mile Walk Benefiting Give Kids The World Village
The IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk — “Footprints From the Heart” — takes place Thursday, Nov. 15, at GKTW Village in Kissimmee, Florida. Participants are encouraged to register in advance, so they may create a personal fundraising page online to share with family and friends to raise additional donations ahead of Expo. Fundraising prizes will be awarded to the top individual fundraiser and top team fundraiser.

  • Teams of five or more can register at a minimum donation of $30 per person
  • Individuals can register for a minimum donation of $35 per person
  • For those who are unable to participate in person, the online virtual runner program allows anyone to also create a fundraising page to help raise money in support of the event

To register online, visit www.GKTW.org/IAAPA. Advance registration is open online until Tuesday, Nov. 13 and on-site at Expo at the GKTW Booth #4233 until 6 p.m. on Nov. 14. Runners can also register in person the morning of the event.

IAAPA Motorcycle Ride
The annual IAAPA Motorcycle Ride will take place Sunday, Nov. 11 and will also raise money in support of GKTW. Registration details for this event will be available at a later date.

Additional charity event information is available at www.IAAPA.org/GKTWatExpo

About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort based in Central Florida that creates magical memories for critically ill children and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical Village, donated attractions tickets, meals, and more for a weeklong, cost-free dream vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations, and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 160,000 families from all 50 U.S. states and more than 75 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit www.givekidstheworld.org.  

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018
IAAPA Attractions Expo is the premier conference and trade show for the global attractions industry, including amusement and theme parks, where visitors spend $45.2 billion around the world. With its theme “Fun Forward. Build the Future,” this year’s show celebrates IAAPA’s 100th anniversary and provides forward-thinking attractions industry leaders, decision-makers, and visionaries with everything needed to build the future, whether through thousands of innovations, hundreds of expert-led educational opportunities, or engaging networking opportunities. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 will draw more than 35,000 industry professionals, including more than 22,000 decisions- makers and buyers from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16. The 560,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 16. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. #IAE18

About IAAPA
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) began as an advocacy office in 1918. Since that time, IAAPA has become the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the global attractions industry. As a non-profit organization, IAAPA represents more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions; water parks, resorts; family entertainment centers; zoos, aquariums; science centers, museums; and industry manufacturers and suppliers.

IAAPA helps members improve their efficiency, marketing, safety, and profitability while maintaining the highest possible professional standards in the industry worldwide.

The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, US. The non-profit organization maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico, and Alexandria, Virginia, US. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org or connect through social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA100

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