Village News: August 2013
Ice Cream For Breakfast

Ice Cream For Breakfast Continues
To share the carefree spirit of the Village, we’re covering the world in ice cream! Help support the Village by representing your community during Ice Cream For Breakfast. This grass-roots awareness and fundraising campaign was inspired by one of the Village’s most beloved wish family traditions. GKTW wish families are treated to complimentary, all-you-can-eat ice cream in the Village's Ice Cream Palace from morning until night – even for breakfast!

There is still time to help support the Village by setting a goal, creating a mini-campaign online and asking your friends and family to join you in your efforts. Every dollar raised this summer will ensure that the tradition of Ice Cream For Breakfast delights families for years to come. Visit and select your region to get started. For questions regarding fundraising, please contact Kaylee Rodriguez at or 407.396.1114 ext. 4540.

Wedding Bells Ring in Hope

Wedding Bells Ring in Hope
During the month of June, wedding bells carried the sound of a joyous moment here at Give Kids The World Village. Wish parents, Felix and Jaime, celebrated 10 years of marriage by renewing their vows during their daughter, Anya’s wish trip. Mary, one of GKTW’s talented Entertainment Coordinators, helped arrange all the details to make the ceremony one the family would always remember. Read More


Amberville Train Set Gets an Upgrade
The Amberville Train Set has long been a treasured part of Give Kids The World Village. Originally installed over 13 years ago, this interactive model train track was due for a makeover. Erhard Baltrush, a model train aficionado, was brought in by our train Angels, John Crompton, Jerry Valentine and Lou Kinsey, to refurbish this famous Village hot spot. The following is a snapshot of Erhard’s progress. Read More

  Amberville Train      
      Partner Profile

Princess America Pageant This month, Give Kids The World was honored to welcome the contestants of the Princess America Pageant to the Village. Over 50 young ladies arrived at the Village where they enjoyed a presentation and personal tour. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Clayton Laine Volunteer Program Gives Back To GKTW Give Kids The World was excited to welcome Clayton and his family to the Village in 2007 for their wish trip. When the family first arrived, Clayton loved spending time in the pool and was thrilled to discover that he shared his name with GKTW’s Mayor Clayton! Read More

WGO feature

Give Kids The World hosted our version of summer school – three webinar sessions for our wish granting partners. More than 30 wish-granting organizations virtually attended the July webinar that reviewed the reservation process from the wish granting organization and Village Vacation Planning perspectives. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
Give Kids The World loves hearing from alumni families and was thrilled to hear that alumni wish father, Matthew, was returning to the Village for a very unique volunteer opportunity. Here is a touching family letter from Matthew and his wife, Suzi. Read More

      Gift Shop Attendant  

Volunteer Position: Gift Shop Attendant
The gift shop volunteer is responsible for locating needed sizes and items, answering questions about pricing and merchandise, completing purchases and ensuring the Gift Shop is neat and welcoming. Volunteers need to be comfortable working independently and entering data in a computer. Age Requirement: 18+ Special Requirement: Gift Shop Training Session.

Already a part of the Angel team? Interested in the perks of being an Angel? Check out our new Volunteer Portal today!


Fanatic Fundraiser
Recently, the Be Our Guest Podcast hosted a 12-hour live show benefiting Give Kids The World. This podcast (a digital screening of online radio) invited listeners to learn about GKTW, compete for special prizes and donate to the Village. Special guests, including GKTW President Pam Landwirth, took the mic to share their personal stories about the Village. Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Murphy’s Fundraising Tip
To date, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 122,000 children and their families to the Village for their dream wish vacation. Your one-time gift, no matter the size, makes you a part of our special mission. GKTW relies on the generosity of individual donors to continue inspiring the happiness that inspires hope for the special families that we serve. One-time donations go to supporting GKTW’s operationing expenses. Read More


Upcoming Events

Give Kids The World Gingerbread Run 5K, Saturday, November 2
Join us for a fun-filled 5k run/walk through the whimsical pathways of Give Kids The World Village! Jog past the World's Largest CANDY LAND game at Matthew's Boundless Playground, wave hello to Stellar, the Star Fairy, atop our Castle of Miracles and boogie down with some of the Village's most beloved mascots. For more information or to register, please visit

      Disney Marathon  

2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon: Run GKTW Team, January 8-12
Attention all runners! How would you like to support Give Kids The World while taking part in the world famous Walt Disney World Marathon? Be a part of the inaugural Run GKTW team for the 2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna! Whether you’re running the Full or Half Marathon, you can make your miles matter by joining the Run GKTW team. Registration is now open at

      Disney Princess Half Marathon  

2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Run GKTW Team, February 20-23
Have you been holding onto your pink sneakers and tiaras for a special occasion? Here is your chance to sport your royal running gear as you join the Run GKTW team for the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Whether you’re running the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or Glass Slipper Challenge (10k & Half Marathon), you can make your miles matter by joining the Run GKTW team. Registration is now open at

      2014 Black & White Gala  

26th Annual Black & White Gala,
May 3, 2014
Join us on Saturday, May 3 for our signature event featuring world class dining, breathtaking entertainment and an exciting silent action in the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody Orlando. To learn about table sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Bertin-Queena at 407-396-1114 ext. 4225 or


Bonnet Creek 5K, September 21
The Bonnet Creek 5k is designed to promote an active lifestyle, all while supporting the happiness that inspires hope at Give Kids The World. Join us at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek, Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 a.m. All proceeds benefit GKTW. Registration is now open at

Live Almost Free
Give Kids The World is happy to announce a new supporter rewards program. We’ve partnered with to connect our supporters with the best deals in online shopping, dining, recreation, sporting events, travel and entertainment — even saving you money on your grocery shopping. offers cash back on everyday purchases. Twenty five percent of the amount of all purchases will be donated to GKTW and will be entering all registrants into a drawing for a free iPad! Please click here to register for and be sure to use the special link you will be provided after registering to make your purchases!

Upcoming Fundraisers For information about fundraisers in your area click here.

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Facebook Post of the Month
We had a wonderful time at Give Kids The World last week! Caleb and Ethan had never been fishing and loved every second of it! Thank you for a wonderful vacation week and for the great memories!



Video of the Month Thank You To The Peabody Orlando
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Tweet of the Month
Ashley Olberding

#GiveKidsTheWorld is amazing. Thankful my sister was able to go there, & grateful to have surprised my parents with her memorial there. #rip


GKTW Merchandise

When you’re headed out to soak up the sun, show your support of Give Kids The World with the GKTW Beach Tote. This canvas tote is roomy enough for all of your beach gear, baby items or picnic treats.

  GKTW Beach Tote      

Please consider joining the Henri Landwirth Society
For more information contact

  Give Kids The World Village

Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit "storybook" resort in Central Florida. Children with life-threatening illnesses 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 has welcomed more than 122,000 families. For more information, visit

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