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IAAPA hosting three events for Give Kids the World during 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo


ALEXANDRIA, VA, USA – Attractions industry professionals and their families will swing a golf club, ride a motorcycle, and lace up their shoes this November for three charity events hosted by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) to benefit Give Kids The World (GKTW). GKTW Village is a resort that creates magical moments for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The events will take place during IAAPA’s annual conference and trade show, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011, Nov. 14-18, in Orlando.

“IAAPA is proud of our more than 15-year partnership with Give Kids The World,” said Chip Cleary, IAAPA President and CEO. “These unique and exciting events are ways for our members to get involved and give back. We look forward to being a part of the year-long celebration of Give Kids The World’s 25th anniversary.”

The IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament, the IAAPA Motorcycle Run, and the IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk each provide an opportunity for trade show attendees to gather with friends and colleagues and meet other attractions professionals in a fun, engaging way, while also giving back to the a worthwhile cause.

The Ninth Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament will take place at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, Sunday, Nov. 13. The 18-hole scramble tournament will begin with an 8 a.m., shotgun start. Playing slots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to a round of golf, the US$200 registration fee includes practice facility time, bag service, and breakfast and lunch. The registration deadline is Oct. 31; however, members are encouraged to register early as past tournaments have sold out weeks in advance. Information about sponsorship opportunities is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/2011/events/documents/2011SponsorshipLevels–Updated8.23.11.pdf.

After a successful first year, the Second Annual IAAPA Motorcycle Run will take place at 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 13. The event begins and ends at Orlando Harley Davidson and riders will enjoy lunch with those playing in the golf tournament at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club. The registration fee is US$100 and does not include motorcycle rentals. (Rentals are available from Orlando Harley Davidson.) The deadline to register is Oct. 31.

GKTW Village will serve as the site for the IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk Thursday, Nov. 17. Buses will ensure participants arrive for the 7:30 a.m. start. Since IAAPA Attractions Expo is a busy week, and some may prefer to sleep in, participants can also choose to make a donation to GKTW by becoming a silent runner. Advanced registration is encouraged, but members can sign up during IAAPA Attractions Expo at the GKTW booth, #3935.

The exhibitor donation program and the World Passport for Kids Program are two additional ways companies can give back to GKTW. Information about each program will be available at the GKTW booth.

Martin Palicki
Martin Palicki owns and publishes InPark Magazine. Started in 2004, InPark Magazine provides owners and operators the perspective from "in"side the "park." Martin has also written for publications like Sound & Communications, Lighting & Sound America, Attractions Management and others. Martin has been featured in Time Magazine, CNN.com and Folio. Martin lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

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