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Celebrating the Life of GKTW Founder Henri Landwirth

Henri Landwirth, the visionary founder of Give Kids The World Village, passed away on April 16, at the age of 91. Henri was a Holocaust survivor, a U.S. Army veteran, a successful hotelier, a father, and philanthropist.

Last Saturday, we reflected on his remarkable legacy at a “Celebration of Life.” Held at the Village, the ceremony and reception welcomed Henri’s family and friends, Alumni families, Village volunteers, and staff. It featured video montages of Henri’s life, heartfelt speeches, and Henri’s favorite music.

Friends and family shared fond memories of Henri — from his days as manager of the Starlite Motel in Cocoa Beach, to the early days at the Village. Old friends reunited and strangers became friends as they looked back on all of the ways Henri affected their lives. The Celebration of Life was broadcasted live and can be watched here.

Later, we gathered for a reception that included a performance from the Voices of Liberty and a nearly 6-foot tall cake inspired by the Castle of Miracles.

The outpouring of love shown for Henri in the days after his passing is a testament to the countless lives he touched. His legacy will surely live on at the Village, as we carry out his wish that “no child in need is ever turned away.”

We invite you to view a few of the photos taken from that special day and make a donation to Give Kids The World in Henri’s honor by clicking here.


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