Village News- June 2012
Ice Cream For Breakfast Video

Ice Cream For Breakfast? No way!
Yes way! At Give Kids The World, wish children and their families are treated to complimentary all-you-can-eat ice cream in the Village's famous Ice Cream Palace any time of day—even for breakfast! This July, we are launching our Third Annual National Ice Cream For Breakfast (ICFB) campaign to share the carefree joy and spirit of the Village with the rest of the world. Read More

      2 Million Volunteer Hours Video  

GKTW Celebrates
2 Million Volunteer Hours!

Give Kids The World recently reached an incomparable milestone in community support—more than 2 million volunteer hours served in one single location—and honored the more than 50,000 American and international volunteer “Angels” who contributed to this monumental achievement with a celebration and ceremony on April 18 at the Village. Read More


GKTW Recognized as the Highest Rated Charity in America
Give Kids The World was recently recognized as the highest rated charity in America by personal finance website MainStreet and also reported by MSN Money. Read More

GKTW Launches New PSA Video
GKTW is pleased to announce the launch of a new Public Service Announcement highlighting the mission of our organization. Available in :30, :60 and :90 second versions, the videos share the magic of GKTW through the eyes and voice of a child. Please help us tell the world about Give Kids The World by emailing these videos to your personal and professional contacts and sharing them on your social media channels. Read More

GKTW Receives Free PR for a Year
GKTW will receive a year of free PR thanks to Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations firm. Edelman's Orlando office selected GKTW from a pool of local Central Florida-based philanthropic groups, who submitted proposals in response to the agency's call for pro-bono “Request For Proposals.” Edelman will work directly with GKTW’s communications department to develop and execute a public engagement program to raise awareness for our cause and advance our mission.

Black & White Gala

24th Black & White Gala Inspires Hope
More than 1,600 community leaders, valued partners, celebrities and Village supporters joined together at The Peabody Orlando on June 2 for the 24th Annual Give Kids The World Black & White Gala. The sold-out black-tie event raised more than $400,000 to help provide magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Read More

      Partner Profile

Corporate Hero - Boston Market Boston Market Corporation will bring delicious and wholesome meals to thousands of wish families again this year thanks to the $524,000 donation the company recently presented to Give Kids The World. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Joseph "Joe" Koch began volunteering at Give Kids The World in 1990 and to date has served more than 20,000 hours! Read More

WGO feature

A New Pre-Arrival Video for Wish Families We know wish families often have many questions about their upcoming trip to Give Kids The World Village so that's why we created a special video just for them! Read More


Family Letter

Our family was changed forever when our beautiful four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia. Hearing the words, "Your child has cancer" is a moment in time my husband and I will never forget. Our world was flipped upside down and we didn't know if there would ever be something to celebrate again. We were so wrong! There was joy and happiness all around, we just needed to find it again—and we did, at Give Kids The World. Read More


Family Letter
      Fantic Fundraiser  

Fanatic Fundraiser

Twelve-year-old Kailyn Lowen recently hosted a movie night for her friends and family to benefit GKTW. She reached out to local businesses to request free pizzas, chips, soda and candy and then sold the concessions to her guests. The food sales together with many donated silent auction items she was able to collect allowed her to raise $1,038 that she used to purchase items off GKTW’s wish list. Kailyn even gave a speech at an intermission to tell her “customers” about GKTW and raise awareness of our mission.

Thinking about hosting a fundraiser benefitting Give Kids The World? Download our Fundraising Ideas sheet for suggestions on creative and effective fundraisers or contact Kara Dhuse at


Murphy's Fundraising Tips
Give Kids The World is blessed to be the beneficiary not only of thousands of contributors annually, but also thousands of people who fundraise on our behalf. Some host bake sales, lemonade stands or Ice Cream For Breakfast socials. Others organize fishing tournaments, bike rallies and even their own Gingerbread Run 5K's. Among the most common questions we receive are how you can use social media to your advantage when raising funds for your favorite charity. Of course, we hope that charity is GKTW, but these tips would help you with ANY cause: Read More

Upcoming Events


July 2012 - Ice Cream For Breakfast At GKTW, families are treated to complimentary, all-you-can-eat ice cream in the Village’s Ice Cream Palace from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. so they can enjoy ice cream whenever they want—even for breakfast! Give Kids The World is encouraging individuals, groups and communities across the world to show their support of the charity by hosting Ice Cream For Breakfast socials to raise awareness and funds for our organization. To sign up to host your own social and receive a complimentary ICsFB tool kit, please visit: If you raise $500 or more you could be entered to win FREE ice cream for a year! Click here for contest details.

  Ice Cream For Breakfast      
      Gingerbread Run

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:

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


Facebook Post of the Month Keeley Taylor: Thank you so much Give Kids the World for allllllll you do!!!! We had such a great time at the Village!! Only wish we would have had at least a few more days!!! :( My daughter Lillian wants to live there forever!! May we please? ;)

  YouTube Video

Video of the Month –
"Caden's Wish"


Tweet of the Month @tricky44: There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the magic in the eyes of a child who believes!

Twitter Pic

Twitter Contest Use #AmazingAngel to recognize a GKTW volunteer who you think has done an amazing job and both you and that person could win a pair of free AMC movie tickets. GKTW will announce the winner on July 15.

  Alumni tshirts

GKTW Online Merchandise Store

You have been to the Give Kids The World Village, so that makes you an “Alumni”! Show your support of GKTW wherever you go! Available in adult and children's sizes. Visit our merchandise store online.

Where have you worn your GKTW merchandise? Post a picture of yourself wearing GKTW gear on our Facebook wall and every month, we'll pick one winner who will receive a $25 merchandise credit to our online store!


GKTW in the News
Princess Wishes, White House Blog, April 20, 2012
For This Volunteer, Give Kids The World is a Full Time Job, Orlando Sentinel, April 14, 2012
Give Kids The World Recognized as Highest Rated Charity in America, MSN Money,
January 16, 2012
Give Kids The World gets free yearlong PR campaign Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, 
April 15, 2012
SUNY Geneseo students choose volunteerism, Gates-Chili Post, April 27, 2012
Make-A-Wish funds week-long trip to Florida for Chloe, family, April 28, 2012
LodgeNet to tell story for kids, Sioux Fall Business Journal, May 5, 2012
Give Kids The World honors volunteers with party Central Florida News 13 – April 18, 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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