Give Kids The World Village Opens New Banyan Park Villas
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Kissimmee, FL (Nov 11th, 2016)
Give Kids The World Village opened 24 new villas today, adding to its existing 144 units and enabling even more children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to stay at the nonprofit, “storybook” resort.
Banyan Park, the latest expansion of the 79-acre property, allows the Village to accommodate about 1,300 more families each year during their cost-free, weeklong vacations. The project features the Village’s first three-story building and also includes GKTW’s first three-bedroom units, designed to more comfortably house larger families.
In recent years, Give Kids The World Village has experienced a steady increase in demand to fulfill wishes to visit Central Florida’s theme parks and other attractions. Working with about 240 wish granting organizations around the world, GKTW hosts nearly 8,000 wish children and their families annually. More than 27,000 children each year are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses the United States.
“At the Village, we try to give our precious families experiences they’ll never forget, whether that’s ice cream for breakfast or a special tuck-in after a long day at the theme parks,” said Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World Village. “We are thrilled we’ll be able to help even more families create those memories and deeply grateful to the partners and friends who made this exciting expansion possible.”
This first phase of Banyan Park – two other phases are planned -- was built through donations from corporate partners and individuals, including Orlando hotelier Harris Rosen, Brighton Hotel Management and GKTW board member Cathy Nash and Macauley Nash.
The building was designed by Benjamin Butera of Butera Designs, and construction took place over a year under general contractor Welbro Building Corporation. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts was instrumental in designing the units and securing furniture. Central Moving & Storage delivered and installed the furniture. And Lisa Schott of Quietly Making Noise designed the building’s soundproofing.
In addition, New York City-based artist group Splashes of Hope created a mural that spans the building’s three stories, depicting iconic venues found throughout the Village.
For more information on Give Kids The World Village and its mission, and to learn about ways to help, visit GiveKidsTheWorld.org.
About Give Kids The World Village
Give Kids The World Village is a 79-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort, located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions, where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, GKTW has welcomed nearly 150,000 families from all 50 states and 76 countries. Working with more than 240 wish granting organizations, this one-of-a-kind resort is the destination for a child’s wish to visit Florida’s world famous theme parks. The resort is made for children, featuring a magical castle, fully-accessible playgrounds, pools and rides, as well as all donated theme park tickets, meals and entertainment free to all members of the family.