Give Kids The World Gets an “Extreme Village Makeover”

Whimsical Village to get fresh with help from tourism community.

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The Extreme Village Makeover project will make a huge difference in the lives of the precious children we serve, ensuring that they and their families have a beautiful home away from home at the Village.

(PRWEB) January 17, 2014

At least 4,000 gallons of paint, 3,000 electrical outlets and light switches, 100,000 sq. ft. of flooring material, along with a little help from Walt Disney World Resort and Wyndham Vacation Ownership will be needed as part of an “Extreme Village Makeover” at Give Kids The World (GKTW).

Within a two-week period, nearly 100 of the Village’s 140 villas as well as the volunteer and administration building will be completely renovated with new appliances, floors, countertops and special creative.

“Our plan was to gradually renovate our villas over several years, so when our friends at Disney and Wyndham offered to help us complete our administration building and the remaining one hundred villas in such a short timeframe, I was in disbelief,” Pam Landwirth, GKTW president said. “Walt Disney World and Wyndham rallied their internal teams and enlisted the support of countless others to make the dream a reality. The Extreme Village Makeover project will make a huge difference in the lives of the precious children we serve, ensuring that they and their families have a beautiful home away from home at the Village.”

As part of the Extreme Village Makeover, GKTW’s administration building will be re-imagined and renamed the Memory Makers’ Building to recognize the volunteers who make the GKTW Village possible. As the new home of the organization’s Volunteers Services operation, the building will feature a heartwarming mural composed of hundreds of photos showing personal moments shared between families and the volunteers. The building will also include an expanded gift shop with GKTW merchandise.

"Our participation in the Extreme Village Makeover is the most recent example of Disney's ongoing commitment to this very special organization," said Nancy Gidusko, director of community relations for Walt Disney World Resort. "For the past 25 years, Disney has supported Give Kids The World through in-kind ticket donations for families. In addition, thousands of Disney VoluntEARs have given their time to help fulfill the wishes of families staying at the GKTW Village; last year alone they provided more than 40,000 hours of service."

“We are honored to support Give Kids The World and the great work they do for these wonderful children and their families who benefit so much from their stays at the Village,” said Sarah King, executive vice president of human resources for Wyndham Vacation Ownership. “We are proud to be a part of the Extreme Village Makeover and thank every partner, contractor, supplier, contributor, volunteer and everyone who is making this wonderful two-week project a reality.”

Part of the Extreme Village Makeover renovations will be revealed live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday, January 24th. GMA co-anchor Josh Elliott, host and designer Ty Pennington and chef Emeril Lagasse will be in Orlando for the big reveal of the remarkable new Memory Makers’ Building.

The Extreme Village Makeover will conclude with a celebratory event on Sunday, January 26 from noon to 2 p.m. For information about Give Kids The World’s Extreme Village Makeover and how you can help, visit http://support.gktw.org/site/TR?fr_id=1090&pg=entry. Additional details about Give Kids The World can be found at http://www.gktw.org.

About Give Kids The World

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 122,000 families from all 50 states and over 74 countries. Visit http://www.gktw.org for more information on GKTW and its mission. For our latest news, visit Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and follow our blog at http://www.givekidstheworld.org/blog.

About Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous, nearly 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation destination featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); two water adventure parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon); 35 resort hotels (25 owned and operated by Walt Disney World, includes eight Disney Vacation Club resort properties); 63 holes of golf on four courses; two full-service spas; Disney’s Wedding Pavilion; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; and Downtown Disney, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex. Walt Disney World Resort is also included in vacation packages of Disney Cruise Line. Located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort opened Oct. 1, 1971, and currently employs nearly 70,000 Cast Members in Central Florida.

About Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a member of Wyndham Worldwide’s (NYSE: WYN) family of companies, is the world’s largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacation ownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its four primary consumer brands, CLUB WYNDHAM®, WorldMark® by Wyndham, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and Shell Vacations. As of December 31, 2012, Wyndham Vacation Ownership had developed or acquired more than 185 vacation ownership resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific that represent more than 23,000 individual vacation ownership units and more than 900,000 owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and is supported by more than 15,000 employees globally.


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