Amusement Parks Across The Country Raise Over $130,000 For Wish Kids
Sep 11th, 2019 [Kissimmee, FL]
KISSIMMEE, FLA. (September 11, 2019) – Give Kids The World Village, the Kissimmee-based nonprofit resort that fulfills wish vacations for critically ill children and their families, is receiving over $130,000 from amusement parks across the country thanks to a season-long Coasting for Kids fundraising program.
The event ran from mid-March to Labor Day weekend. Over 1,000 park attendees raised money for Give Kids The World and in exchange received Coasting for Kids day admission to one of 15 theme parks, cost-free. Each participant raised at least $100 in order to take part in the event, which included exclusive ride time on coasters like Kenywood’s brand new roller coaster, Steel Curtain.
“Whether they took part for the thrills or for a day with family and friends, the magnitude of each individual’s donation is amazing,” said Steven Amos, Give Kids The World Village Director of Development. “Communities all over the country came together to help us fulfill almost 18 life-changing wishes.”
Communities rallying in support is entirely fitting, as families who benefit from Give Kids The World travel from all 50 states and 75 countries for a weeklong wish vacation to enjoy the Central Florida theme parks, completely cost free.
“Bringing Give Kids The World to the communities where our families live is an important part of continuing to create hope for families facing critical illness,” said Jessica Mueller, Give Kids The World spokesperson. “We can’t wait for the 2020 season.”
Summer 2019 Participating Parks:
Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Williamsburg, VA
Frontier City (Six Flags) – Oklahoma City, OK
Indiana Beach – Monticello, IN
Kennywood – West Mifflin, PA
LEGOLAND Florida – Winter Haven, FL
Quassy Amusement Park – Middlebury, CT
Sesame Place – Langhorne, PA
Silverwood – Athol, ID
Six Flags America – Upper Marlboro, MD
Six Flags Darien Lake – Darien Center, NY
Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, TX
Six Flags Over Georgia – Austell, GA
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge – Queensbury, NY
Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, TX
Story Land – Glen, NH
About Give Kids The World:
Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida. Critically ill children and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations, donated attraction tickets, meals, and more. Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 170,000 families. For more information, visit www.givekidstheworld.org.
About Give Kids the World Village
Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre, nonprofit resort built exclusively to serve critically-ill children and their families. Children visiting Central Florida on their "wish trips," stay with their families at Give Kids The World's storybook Village for week-long, dream vacations. Give Kids The World provides meals, transportation, nightly entertainment, and complimentary passes to Orlando's world-famous theme parks and other attractions. There is never any charge to visiting families, and no child is ever turned away. Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has served more than 176,000 children and families from all 50 states and 76 countries. GKTW is four-star rated by Charity Navigator, with more than 90 cents of every dollar it spends going to program services.
For more information, contact Give Kids The World Village Public Relations manager, Cindy Elliott.