Saturday, December 9, 2023

Fourth Annual IAAPA Charity Harley Ride Benefits Give Kids the World Village

Orlando, FL, USA —GKTW.Harley.Sponsors.2013.

The Fourth Annual IAAPA Harley-Davidson / Sports Car ride to benefit Give Kids the World (GKTW) Foundation was held Sunday, November 17, kicking of the IAAPA Attractions Expo.    Harleys, sports cars and luxury cars were invited to participate, including a Mercedes S550 sponsored by Maybach House.  The Chauffeured Mercedes is available for use all week on a donations basis, with all donations being matched 100% by Maybach House with all proceeds going to GKTW.

To start riders off, Premier Rides hostesses distributed gift bags filled with waters, biker themed toys and treats, as well as essentials such as lip balm and bandanas.  Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides, who has been a sponsor for every motorcycle run said “It is wonderful to start one of the busiest of weeks on a positive note where everyone is focused on helping those less fortunate.”  Each rider’s bike was outfitted with a plush Mayor Clayton to represent the entire GKTW group.

Prior to departure from the Harley dealership, the group was honored to meet Brad Loewen, a father who lost his child.  The family had appreciated their visit to GKTW so much that they moved from Canada to be close to the village to be able to volunteer and help carry on the work of the village. Hearing his heartfelt story underscored the reason participating in this event is so rewarding.

Over 40 people on twenty-five bikes and in three cars toured through some of Orlando’s quaint neighborhoods, along beautiful lakes and past orange groves. The group stopped at Fun Spot America, riding the bikes right through the park, stopping for a break and rides on the park’s thrilling roller coasters.  The park also supplied back packs filled with Fun Spot goodies.

The ride concluded with a luncheon at the Hawks Landing Golf Course where riders met up with the GKTW golf tournament participants.    Tom Sheehan, who organizes the motorcycle run commented “It is heartwarming to see the number of individuals participating to raise money for this terrific charity.   Although this is a “Harley Ride” you don’t need a motorcycle license to participate. We had many who rode as passengers on the bikes and others who rode in hot cars to enjoy the event, all to support Give Kids the World.”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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