Ice Cream For Breakfast

Ice Cream For Breakfast

What is the perfect treat for summer? Ice cream, of course! Give Kids The World is reaching out to alumni, volunteers and supporters with a fun and easy opportunity to help the Village while reminiscing over memories of the Ice Cream Palace.

Ice Cream For Breakfast is a grass-roots awareness and fundraising campaign 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!

This year, we are looking for families across the globe to represent their community while supporting the Village. Representing your region is as easy as setting a goal and creating a personalized mini-campaign online link to share with your friends, family and social networks. Creating a mini-campaign online is quick and fun! You can even customize your page with photos and memories of your trip to the Village.

Once you meet your goal, we encourage you to host your own ice cream social or meet other Alumni wish families for a scoop at your neighborhood ice cream parlor. Every dollar raised this summer will ensure that the tradition of Ice Cream For Breakfast delights families for years to come. Visit icecreamforbreakfast.org and select your region to get started. For questions regarding fundraising, please contact Kaylee Rodriguez at KayleeR@gktw.org or 407.396.1114 ext. 4540.

Kilometers For Kendric

Kilometers For Kendric

Click here to read the article.

Students Send Smiles From Yonkers

Smiles from Yonkers

Click here to read the article.

Partner Profile: Disney Vinylmation At The Village

Vinylmation

Click here to read the article.

Angel Spotlight: Sam Nation

Sam Nation

Click here to read the article.

WGO Feature

WGO feature

GKTW’s Assistant Guest Services Manager, Amy Paul had the opportunity to participate in the 22nd Annual Association of Wish Granting Organizations (AWGO) Conference. The conference, held in Bethlehem, PA, gave Amy the opportunity to connect with 31 wish granters from all over the world. Representing Give Kids The World, Amy provided the attendees with updates on the Village as well as encouragement to keep working to making wishes come true one child at a time. Foundations in attendance included A Wish Come True, A Wish With Wings, Butterfly Trust, Cystic Fibrosis Dream Holidays, Dreams Come True Blue Ridge, Dream Come True of Lehigh Valley, Dream Come True of Western Connecticut, Elle Foundation, New Hope for Kids, Special Wishes, Sunshine Foundation, Tender Wishes Foundation, The Rainbow Connection, The Rainbow Society of Alberta and Wishes Can Happen.

Family Letter: Alumni Wish Family Returns 22 Years Later

Family Letter

Click here to read the article.

Volunteer Position: Park of Dreams Pool Attendant

Volunteer Position: Pool Attendant

Park of Dreams Pool volunteers help welcome wish families to the pool and splash pad play area. Duties include distributing towels, issuing locker keys, assisting guests with photo opportunities, organizing pool chairs and light clean up. Please note, volunteers do not perform lifeguard duties. Age Requirement: 12+ with an adult; 16+.

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

Fanatic Fundraiser: The Power Of Polish

The Power of Polish

Click here to read the article.

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 monthly gift, no matter the size, makes you a part of our special mission. GKTW’s Monthly Giving Program is an easy and flexible way to help wish children and their families experience a week of priceless memories by spreading your gift over a period of time.

GKTW is proud to announce the new levels of our Monthly Giving Donors.

  • Mayor's Cabinet - $834/month, $10,000/year
  • Chairman's Circle - $417/month, $5,000/year
  • City Commission - $84/month, $1000/year
  • Town Council - $20/month, $240/year
  • Village Supporter - $9/month, $100/year

Setting up a giving schedule is easy and can be changed at any time. Other giving plans or one time donations are welcomed and appreciated. For every $1 donated, 91.7 cents goes directly to helping our wish families. To set up your own schedule, or for more information about GKTW, please visit our website and click the “Donate Now” tab. For questions about planned giving options, please contact Dave Roberts at DaveR@gktw.org.

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 gingerbreadrun.org.

2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon: Run GKTW Team, January 1-12

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 gktw.org/run.

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 gktw.org/run.

26th Annual Black & White Gala, May 3, 2014

Join us on Saturday, May 3, 2014 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 lisab@gktw.org.

Upcoming Fundraisers

For information about fundraisers in your area click here.

Facebook Post of the Month

Facebook

Click here to read the article.

Twitter Post of the Month

Travis Hofslien

Thank you @MakeAWish and @GKTWVillage for an amazing week with my family!

YouTube Video of the Month

Merchandise

Blue ICFB shirtPink ICFB shirt

Here at Give Kids The World Village, Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry love to eat ice cream for breakfast and you can too! Celebrate Ice Cream For Breakfast’s Kick-off in style with these colorful ICFB Tees!

Please consider joining the Henri Landwirth Society

For more information contact hls@gktw.org

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 120,000 families. For more information, visit givekidstheworld.org.