July 18th, 2014 2:36 PM by Karyn Smith
A Weekend full of TV’s hottest Reality Stars in Celebration, Florida to raise money for Give Kids The World
Our Story:The story of Give Kids The World begins with a little girl with a wish and the desire of one man to make that wish come true.
The little girl’s name was Amy. Amy had leukemia and one wish – to visit the theme parks in Orlando. To facilitate Amy’s wish, the request of a complimentary stay was made to a respected hotelier. As he had done many times before, the hotelier gladly obliged and Amy’s wish was that much closer to being realized. Sadly, the remainder of Amy’s travel plans took too long to arrange and her wish was never granted; Amy had passed away. Time simply ran out.
This unfulfilled wish inspired a man, the hotelier, to make a vow that no child in need would ever be failed again. That man was Henri Landwirth and his desire to ensure that Amy’s story would never repeat itself is where the story of Give Kids The World begins.
The Village:Landwirth enlisted the support of colleagues in the hospitality industry, including our world-famous theme parks, to assist him in bringing these special families to Central Florida within 24 hours if need be. He called the project “Give Kids The World,” because that is just what he intended to do – provide memorable, magical, cost-free experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
As the program expanded and the number of families continued to grow, it was apparent that Give Kids The World would need to create a place that could better serve the special needs of our families. The gates of Give Kids The World Village opened in 1989.
Today the Village is a 70-acre resort complete with over 140 villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, whimsical venues, and fun specifically designed for children with special needs.
With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 127,000 families from all 50 states and over 74 countries.
Imagine a child whose illness prevents them from enjoying their childhood, from doing the things so many of us take for granted. Imagine a child whose weekly routine includes a steady regimen of medicine, needles, treatments, and pain. Imagine a family that would do anything to ease their child’s pain, to make their child smile, to make their child’s dream come true.
For so many families, these unthinkable odds are a reality. Give Kids The World exists solely to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, providing them a memorable, magical experience that will live in their hearts for years to come.
With the help of over 3,500 devoted volunteer angels, countless compassionate corporate and individual heroes, and dedicated staff members, Give Kids The World is able to give these children and their families the most precious gift of all – the gift of hope. Families enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to have fun, to relax, and to spend the type of quality time together absent from their normal daily lives.
To learn more about the exciting events, activities, and surprises that await our families, please click here.
If I know of a child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, can I send them to the Village?If you know a child who has a life-threatening illness, please contact your local wish-granting organization.
Once the foundation has contacted the family, the child has the opportunity to express his or her wish. If the child expresses the wish to visit Central Florida, then Give Kids The World Village is contacted and arranges a joyful, week-long vacation, at no cost to the family.
A Weekend full of TV’s hottest Reality Stars in Celebration, Florida
Thursday July 31 , 2014
9:00 PM – The People Magazine VIP Reception(Only VIP Sponsors permitted)
Friday August 1, 2014:
Sidewalk Sale BeginsCelebrity Outing is Kissimmee, FL area for reality stars and Special Package Sponsors (private)Pirates and Princesses Party at Give Kids The World (private)
Saturday August 2, 2014:
2:15-3:00 PM- (Private) Autograph Signing For VIP Sponsors Only at:Bohemian Hotel-Celebration
3:00 – 6:00 PM (Public) Autograph Signing in Downtown Celebration at:Bohemian Hotel-Celebration
For the Autograph Signing on Saturday- $25.00 donation to Give Kids The World gets you into the autograph area for autographs with the stars. Includes a commemorative Autograph Booklet.
10:00 PM Wrap Up Party (details: TBA)Come party with the stars of “Survivor” “Big Brother” , Ghost Hunters, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, “The Amazing Race” and other hit reality shows in this one-of-a-kind Luau themed party .
For the Party Saturday Night: $30.00 donation to Give Kids The World gets you finger food, Survivor Karaoke, and admission to the party. Available at the door only on Saturday Night. NO advance tickets sold (except for part of the hotel package)
Sunday August 3, 2014:Sidewalk Sale Ends Downtown
Guest List Scheduled to Appear As of July 11, 2014
The Hearts of Reality Event and each participant is raising funds for Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization that helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families experience cost-free Central Florida attractions. Click on the photo of your favorite star to help them raise money today!
All appearances subject to change without notice