“While the Village has been closed since mid-March due to the pandemic, we have not stopped working alongside our many great community and corporate partners to prepare for the day we can safely reopen and resume granting the thousands of wishes that have been delayed,” said Pamela Landwirth, President and CEO at Give Kids The World Village. “We are grateful to all the volunteers and partners who helped put together Night of a Million Lights. And, we cannot wait to welcome our community to the Village to experience this joyful holiday celebration for themselves.”
Ahead of opening night, Holiday Inn Club Vacations brought a few of its Club members and their families out to Give Kids The World Village for an exclusive first-look of the decorated villa and a preview of the event’s light display. After expressing interest via the Company’s Club member Facebook Lounge, two families were randomly selected to attend the preview and enjoy the holiday festivities early. The families also had an opportunity to meet Landwirth and learn more about Give Kids The World and its important work.
Holiday Inn Club members since 2008, the Bergen family was one of the groups selected to participate in the preview event. Visiting the Give Kids The World Village was very special for the family, and in particular, Kyle Bergen.
“As a former Make-A-Wish child, it’s touching to get to come here and hear about all the work they’ve put in to make all other Wish children’s experiences great,” said Bergen. “[Give Kids The World] has this down to a science, and I’m just amazed at how they really go the extra mile to make sure that every kid who comes through here has an amazing experience and that they can continue to do this for as many kids as possible in the future. It’s really, really incredible!”
A longstanding partner of Give Kids The World, Holiday Inn Club Vacations has supported the nonprofit since it was founded more than 30 years ago. In addition to providing direct financial contribution, the Company participates in various fundraising initiatives and events for the organization.
For more information on Night of a Million Lights and to order event tickets, visit gktw.org/lights.
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