Hundreds of guests enjoyed an afternoon in the sun and the chance to meet over 75 Reality TV stars from TV shows like “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother”, “The Bachelor”, The Bachelorette”, “Expedition Impossible”, and several other shows earlier today. It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon but best of all, the event raised a lot of money Kissimmee based charity “Give Kids The World”.
The story of Give Kids The World begins with a little girl, a wish and the desire of one man to make that wish come true.
The little girl’s name was Amy. Amy had leukemia and one wish – to visit the theme parks in Orlando. To facilitate Amy’s wish, the request of a complimentary stay was made to a respected hotelier. As he had done many times before, the hotelier gladly obliged and Amy’s wish was that much closer to being realized. Sadly, the remainder of Amy’s travel plans took too long to arrange and her wish was never granted; Amy had passed away. Time simply ran out.
This unfulfilled wish inspired a man, the hotelier, to make a vow that no child in need would ever be failed again. That man was Henri Landwirth and his desire to ensure that Amy’s story would never repeat itself is where the story of Give Kids The World begins.
Landwirth enlisted the support of colleagues in the hospitality industry, including our world-famous theme parks, to assist him in bringing these special families to Central Florida within 24 hours if need be. He called the project “Give Kids The World,” because that is just what he intended to do – provide memorable, magical, cost-free experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
As the program expanded and the number of families continued to grow, it was apparent that Give Kids The World would need to create a place that could better serve the special needs of our families. The gates of Give Kids The World Village opened in 1989.
Today the Village is a 70-acre resort complete with over 100 villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, whimsical venues, and fun specifically designed for children with special needs.
With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 93,000 families from all 50 states and over 65 countries.
The day began at the hotel as the reality TV stars gathered around the swimming pool for some photos and after that they moved onto the Celebration Town Tavern in Downtown Celebration for the autograph signing session. The session started a little late, but no-one really seemed to mind and it went on until all guests had a commemorative poster signed by all of the stars in attendance.
It was a fabulous day and we would like to thank the stars who gave of their time to travel from all over the country to benefit the charity and to all the great fans we met and who patiently lined up to meet their hero’s and heroines. Can’t wait to do it all again next year!
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