Don’t Tell Your Boss, but It’s not All Work at #WCI2016


By Joan E. Collier

As important as the 300+ sessions and presentations are, there’s more to the 71st annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference than what you’ll learn in the classrooms.

Here’s a rundown on some of our extracurricular activities.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

Do Some Good!

Come to Orlando early! You’ll beat the long lines at check-in, and also be a do-gooder.

WCI supports “Give Kids the World,” an Orlando-based camp for children with life-threatening illnesses. Show support for this very worthy cause by participating in service projects on Friday, August 19, Saturday, August 20, or Sunday, August 21. Special hotel rates of $99 for Friday and Saturday nights are available for who register for the conference and participate in these events. Pre-registration is required.  

Last year we had our biggest turnout of volunteers ever, and we’ve expanded our opportunities to participate this year. Here’s the schedule for volunteers:

Many volunteers on Saturday will work on teams to complete special projects, such as landscaping, painting, repairs, construction, and other outdoor activities. Others will work directly with the children and their families. Individuals working in positions involving children and families must complete a volunteer application and a simple background check. Activities could include serving meals, working the Ice Cream Palace, assisting children and families with the carousel, working in the castle, painting faces in the La Ti Da Spa, greeting families at Amberville Train Station, driving the Brayden’s Express tram through GKTW Village, and various other Village tasks. The background check can be completed by referring to and following the directions indicated.

On Saturday night, WCI will host its third annual Give Kids the World Dinner, Silent Auction and Casino Night from 5:30-11:00 p.m. at the conference hotel. Festivities include a sit-down dinner, silent auction, and “casino night” entertainment. After a hard day of work volunteering at GKTW, what better way to spend the evening than with friends, clients, family and fellow conference attendees? We expect to auction great items including hunting trips, hotel nights around the country, gift baskets, and much more. Individual tickets for this event are $50 each and tables for 10 can be purchased for $450.

Here’s more information.

Bring Your Clubs!

The annual golf tournament will tee off with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club. The field is limited to the first 100 players; cost is $170.00 per person. Entry fees include a golf cart, green fees, range balls, lunch, and a chance to win prizes. Arrive early to purchase mulligans and raffle tickets and to receive “golfer goodies.” Refreshments will be available on the course. Lunch and an awards presentation will be held in the Florida Ballrooms (located in the North Tower) Harbor Beach and Marco Island meeting rooms following play. Contact Shirley at (850) 425-8156 for information. For the last several years, there has been a waiting list to participate in the tournament. Register now!

Party Night!

Generally acknowledged as the best night of the conference, Monday always features a top performer/band.  

This year’s entertainment is Third Eye Blind. Since 1997, San Francisco’s Third Eye Blind has recorded four best-selling albums and assembled one career retrospective. 3EB released ‘Dopamine,’ their first studio collection in six years, in Spring 2015.

Switch, a high energy party band from Orlando, FL, is the front band for the Monday night entertainment. They have supported bands like Styx, Loverboy, Rick Springfield, Sammy Hagar, and many others. You will know the words to every song! Switch is a rock/pop/hip-hop/dance cover band playing the BEST party songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.

Tickets to the party are included with every registrant's packet.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:
The Exhibit Hall!

Food, give-aways, contests, probably some weird costumes. It’s all there, with hundreds of companies just waiting to say hello to you.

Exhibit Hall hours are:

Sneak away to Disney! We’ve arranged for you to get special pricing for Disney tickets, but you have to act quickly. You need to order your exclusive afternoon tickets and specially priced multi-day tickets by Saturday, August 20, to take advantage of the pre-arrival saving!

See you in Orlando!

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