Village News- July 2012
Mayor Clayton: Times Square

Give Kids The World Celebrates
Global Ice Cream For Breakfast Weekend

July 13 through 15 was one delicious weekend as Give Kids The World supporters around the world indulged in ice cream sundaes in celebration of the charity's Third Annual Global Ice Cream For Breakfast Weekend.

From London to New York to Chicago, ice cream socials were hosted in backyards, community centers, hotels and conference rooms to raise awareness and funds for GKTW. Read More

      Perkins Pancake Day  

Save the Date – GKTW Pancake Day at Perkins: September 15, 2012
Show your support for GKTW by celebrating GKTW Pancake Day at your local Perkins Restaurant and Bakery on Saturday, September 15. Read More


Vote for GKTW for the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards!
GKTW has been selected out of 2,400 nominees as a Top 5 Finalist in the Southern Region for the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards in the categories of Most Creative Fundraiser, Ice Cream For Breakfast, and Volunteer of the Year, Joe Koch.

Help us move on to the next round by casting your vote here. The deadline for voting is July 26. Share your vote on Facebook and Twitter to help raise awareness for GKTW.


Coasting For Kids

Roller coaster fans proved they have big hearts and strong stomachs on June 10 at Cedar Fair Entertainment Company's "Coasting For Kids" event, which raised nearly $114,000 for Give Kids The World. That's twice as much as the event collected in its first three years, bringing the four-year total to more than $200,000. Read More

Coasting For Kids 2012      

New Murals Painted Around Village
Volunteers from Splashes of Hope helped to spruce up some of the Village's white walls with colorful, fun murals. The volunteers from this nonprofit organization painted eight new murals in the game room of Amberville Train Station, as well as four large murals in the Gingerbread House. Thank you, Splashes of Hope, for bringing life to our white walls! Read More


PSA and Pre-Arrival videos now in Spanish!
Give Kids The World is pleased to announce that our PSA and Pre-Arrival videos have now been translated into Spanish. Serving families from more than 70 countries around the world, Give Kids The World strives to provide the very best service for its guests and will continue to work to translate information into multiple languages. Read More

      Partner Profile

Corporate Hero – Kangaroo Express Kangaroo Express, operated under parent company The Pantry, Inc., has raised a remarkable $582,000 for Give Kids The World since it began fundraising for our organization in October 2011. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Astellas Sends Largest Volunteer Group to Village On June 13, Give Kids The World welcomed the largest single volunteer group in its history. Read More

WGO feature

Personalization of Wishes Every year, thousands of children battling life-threatening illnesses stay at Give Kids The World Village as part of their one wish to visit the beloved theme parks of Central Florida. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter

During a camping trip over the summer, the family knew something was just not right with our six-year-old son, Julian. That trip was supposed to be spent celebrating his mom's birthday, but Julian's normal joy and happiness was replaced with severe leg pains and a fever that would not go away. The next day, he saw his pediatrician and she ordered bloodwork to be done. Read More


Volunteer Opportunity
Discover how you, yes, you can assist in bringing the magic of our character program to life and help create memories for our very special families! Do you enjoy making children smile and laugh? Do your friends call you a "character?" If this is you, consider becoming part of our character program! Read More


Fanatic Fundraiser

Ride For Hope 2012 The employees at Renaissance St. Louis Hotel will do anything to raise money for Give Kids The World. Last year General Manager Bill Fontes camped on the roof of a hotel for 24 hours to raise funds and this year he is taking it to a new extreme by riding nearly 1,000 miles in a motorcycle sidecar in an effort to raise more than $20,000 to help support Give Kids The World. Bill and Director of Engineering Don Bittack will be riding in the sidecar of the Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle with Engineer Jim Chase at the wheel. The "Ride For Hope 2012" will depart the hotel on August 4 and arrive at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota two days later.

For more information on "Ride For Hope 2012" or to make a donation, click here.

  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Murphy's Fundraising Tips
Murphy's Tips on How to Ask (5 steps for success): The number one reason anyone gives to a charitable cause is that they are asked. It isn't because of the tax benefits, the free T-shirt or even the good feelings involved after someone makes a gift. While all of these and more are valid reasons, nothing is more important than someone asking. Read More

Be a part of the Henri Landwirth Society
Through Give Kids The World, Henri Landwirth created a legacy of love, the ripple effect of which has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. We invite you to become part of this legacy, creating hope for the future for many more precious children yet to be served by joining the Henri Landwirth Society. Read More

      Upcomng Events

November 3, 2012: Gingerbread Run 5K at Give Kids The World Village. Join hundreds of GKTW supporters on a 3.1 mile run/walk through our whimsical Village. Don't live in Florida? Participate virtually or host a Gingerbread Run in your own neighborhood. For more information visit:


November, 2012 – January, 2013: ICE! at Gaylord Palms benefitting GKTW Experience Florida's favorite frigid holiday attractions while helping to support GKTW. More details coming soon!


June 1, 2013: Give Kids The World Black & White Gala at The Peabody Orlando Join us in celebrating our 25th Annual Black & White Gala. For more information visit:

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

Stay Connected
Keep up to date on all GKTW news, events and contests. Follow us on Twitter, "Like" us on Facebook, Re-pin us on Pinterest and share your photos and videos on Flickr and YouTube. GKTW is now on Pinterest! Happy pinning!


Facebook Post of the Month Lora Doyle: Thanks from Seth Hintz, Richard Doyle, Lora Doyle and Jacob Arriaga for letting us stay there and enjoy a week of the most fun we have EVER had. Seth says "He conquered cancer and this was the biggest reward to him because he did a great job killing cancer and can continue to do anything he wants. Thanks to Give Kids the World for this magical trip and we all will never forget what you have done for us and other families." Thanks again!

  YouTube Video

Video of the Month –
"Give Kids the World Competes in Cyclone Charity Coasterthon 2012"


Tweet of the Month Christine Michelle ‏@C_Michelle94:So excited to start volunteering at @GKTWVillage and become an Angel. It's so peaceful and beautiful there. ‪#givingback‬‬‬ <33


ICFB Merchandise

GKTW Online Merchandise Store
Show the world that you and your family support Ice Cream For Breakfast! Click here.


GKTW in the News
Give Kids The World Talks Ice Cream For Breakfast with WKMG Channel 6, July 7, 2012
Man Spends Retirement Volunteering for Kids,, June 17, 2012
Win a Trip to Orlando by Supporting Give Kids The World,,
June 29, 2012
Ice Cream For Breakfast,, July 1, 2012
Ride Knott's coaster 10 hours straight? Sure!, June 10, 2012
Coasting for Kids raises $114K for charity, June 14, 2012
BLOG: Riding for kids' causes at Cedar Point, June 15, 2012

  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 115,000 families. For more information, visit

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