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IHG Owners Association’s Decade-Long Fundraiser Hits $1 Million Goal for Give Kids The World Village

(Atlanta, Georgia) Don Berg, CEO of the IHG Owners Association, has announced that the organization has met its ambitious fundraising goal of $1 million to help make dreams come true for children with critical illnesses, benefitting Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village.

“The IHG Owners Association has been a dedicated advocate of Give Kids The World from its inception 30 plus years ago,” explains Berg. “As we crossed the $1 million donation mark this year, the result of ten years of efforts, we are so pleased to deliver our pledge in time for the holiday season. We are appreciative of the generosity of our owner members to help us achieve this ambitious goal.”

Give Kids the World check presentation
Give Kids The World Village Founder & CEO Pam Landwirth receives the IHG Owners Association’s total contribution of $1 million over the ten year period from Association Director of Partnerships and Member Programs Nathan Polny, and IHG Owners Association 2018 Chair Deepesh Kholwadwala.

The relationship with Give Kids The World has a deep history that began with the creation of the partnership with Holiday Inn®. “Association members are passionate about supporting Give Kids The World Village and its families,” Berg continues. “It’s truly a joy for the Association to be able to continue this support year-after-year, and we look forward to helping create many more memories.”

“Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are to the IHG Owners Association for this incredibly generous donation,” said Give Kids The World President & CEO Pamela Landwirth. “The Association has been a treasured partner since the founding of Give Kids The World, bringing happiness and hope to the precious children and families we serve. We are honored by their ongoing love and support.”

Give Kids The World offers a cost-free, weeklong vacation that includes whimsical villa accommodations, delicious meals, nightly entertainment and all of the ice cream that guests can eat from sunup to sundown. Working with nearly 240 wish granting organizations, Give Kids The World welcomes children and their families from all 50 states and more than 76 countries. Approximately 8,000 families per year arrive and are given a weeklong vacation. For more information on GKTW’s mission, visit www.GiveKidsTheWorld.org.

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Give Kids The World is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort that offers weeklong, cost-free vacations to critically ill children and their families. The Village provides families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more. Since 1986, more than 165,000 children and families from all 50 states and over 75 countries have had their dreams fulfilled at a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth.

The IHG Owners Association, originally established by Holiday Inn® founder Kemmons Wilson in 1955, was the first association of its kind in the hotel industry. It currently represents the interests of 4,500 owners and operators of more than 3,500 InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG®) properties in the United States, Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the Middle East. The Association is a voice for its members and plays an integral role in communicating with IHG leadership on issues related to franchised hotel operations. The IHG family of brands includes: Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco Hotels, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, avid® hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. For additional information, visit www.owners.org.