The Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) has announced its annual service day and fundraising initiative to support Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost.

2022 Give Kids The World Initiatives

About GKTW | Volunteer | Gala | Sponsorships | Silent Auction | Friends & Family | Stories | 2021 Initiatives

About Give Kids The World Village

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About Give Kids The World Village

 

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit in Central Florida that provides critically ill children and their families with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost. Every child and his/her family is treated to accommodations, transportation, donated theme park tickets, all meals and snacks, nightly entertainment, daily gifts and more. Since 1986, GKTW has welcomed more than 177,000 wish families from all 50 states and 76 countries to laugh together, play together, and create priceless memories away from hospital stays and medical treatments. GKTW relies on the generosity of caring individuals and corporate partners to make these life-changing experiences possible. For more information, visit www.gktw.org.

Since 2012, the Workers’ Compensation Institute has supported Give Kids The World by bringing hundreds of volunteers to work in Village venues and assist with Village service projects. WCI also hosts an annual Give Kids The World Gala which includes a sit-down dinner, silent auction, and entertainment.

WCI has raised almost $500,000 for GKTW over the past 6 years! The 2021 GKTW Service Day, Gala, and Silent Auction raised $125,000 to support Give Kids The World Village!

Service Day and Volunteer Projects

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Service Day and Volunteer Projects

2022 Service Day Registration

Service Day Opportunities to Volunteer at the Village Are Back!:

Opportunities to volunteer at the Village are back! We invite you to participate in the WCI 2022 GKTW Service Day on Saturday morning before the WCI 2022 Conference begins – August 20, 2022 from 7 am to noon. Indoor and outdoor volunteer opportunities are back. Whether you prefer to volunteer at the Marriott or travel out to the village, we are extremely excited to bring this opportunity back to the WCI community. The service day is a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow workers’ compensation and insurance professionals. Thank you on behalf of the entire WCI Spirit to Serve Committee for planning to take time out of your Saturday to join hundreds of your industry peers for such a worthy cause. We trust you will find it to be a most rewarding experience.

2022 Registration

2022 Service Day Registration

Special Hotel Rates

Special Hotel rates of $99 at the Marriott World Center for Friday and Saturday nights will be given to those who register for the conference and participate in the Give Kids the World event. Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by clicking here.

 

Gala

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Gala

2022 Gala Registration

Details:

The Gala will be from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at the Orlando World Center Marriott and includes dinner, silent auction, and entertainment. The 2022 gala will be Mardi Gras Extravaganza themed! We will have great food, entertainment and music at the gala, plus loads of awesome items at our silent auction. The Silent Auction will have vacations, sports memorabilia, jewelry, purses and many other exciting items for you to bid on.

Entertainment: Brown Bag Brass Band

Brown Bag Brass Band is one of Central Florida’s hottest live acts. What started as a pickup band covering a last minute Mardi Gras gig, soon began delivering a horn-driven tour de force, serving the region and beyond.

Their music is rooted in appreciation for New Orleans brass band music, but also includes jazz, funk and other styles.

Since then, the b4 have firmly established itself an integral part of the live scene, characterized as loud, fast, high and generally always playing their own brand of “Good Time Party Music.”

Pricing

Individual tickets are $75 each. Group tickets of 10 are $675. Click here to purchase tickets.

Attire

Cocktail attire with Mardi Gras-themed masks, beads, etc.

Special hotel rates:

Special Hotel rates of $99 at the Marriott World Center for Friday and Saturday nights will be given to those who register for the conference and participate in the Give Kids the World event. Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by clicking here.

Gala Sponsorships

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Gala Sponsorships

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Join us as we put a Mardi Gras spin on our WCI-GTKW Village fundraiser event. We are calling on industry sponsors to help sponsor the night, a Mardi Gras Extravaganza Gala supporting Give Kids The World Village.

 

Silent Auction

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Live/Virtual Silent Auction

 

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Support WCI’s efforts to raise funds for Give Kids the World by donating a Silent Auction item! Your donated item(s) will be showcased along with your name/company and auctioned throughout the WCI conference. Your donated name will also appear on the Silent Auction Bidding App.

Your generosity for this great cause will not go unnoticed by GKTW, along with the conference attendees. Remember your donations are tax-deductible!

Auction item ideas – Here is a list of potential donation items however do not feel limited to them:

      • Art
      • Beach/pool items
      • Blue tooth headphone
      • Blue tooth speakers
      • Booze
      • Cigars
      • Fishing items
      • Go pro
      • Handbags
      • Home appliances/gadgets
      • Home items
      • Ipad
      • Jewelry
      • Laptop
      • Memorabilia
      • Paddleboard
      • Reading tablet
      • Soundbar
      • TV
      • Webcam
      • Wine
      • Yeti/cooler

How to Donate – Please email Robin Fielding at rfield627@aol.com and text a picture or link of your item you are donating along with your name, company name, email and contact info. If your donation is a duplicate, Robin will contact you and discuss suggestions of an alternate item. Once a winner is chosen, we will notify you and ask that you ship the item directly to the winner. You can choose to virtually donate your item, wait for the winner’s information then purchase and take advantage of most companies free shipping options and ship directly to the winner!!!

Silent Auction Donation Form

Deadline – The deadline to donate items is August 10, 2022. As donations are received, they will be highlighted and shared with registered attendees, so the sooner your item is information is received, the sooner you and/or your company will be recognized for your generosity.

Friends & Family

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Brand New Friends & Family Program

Friends & Family Donations

We have a new Friends & Family Program that we are excited to introduce to the WCI family this year! Through the WCI F&F Program, individuals and companies are encouraged to create a team page to help our fundraising efforts for Give Kids The World. While the success of our event relies primarily on the generous company sponsorships received throughout the WCI industry, the F&F Program was created for the individuals and friends within each company who also wish to donate to our overall cause… $5, $10, $25, etc. Every donation counts and helps us reach our goal. Once a team page is created, a link to your team page can be shared with your “Friends & Family” to help raise money for the kids and families of the Village and WCI’s overall goal for 2022.

Give Kids The World relies on the generosity and compassion of partners like WCI and caring individuals like you, and contributions in any amount will be greatly appreciated. Those who make a contribution will receive a special thank you letter from the Village. On behalf of WCI, the Spirit to Serve Committee, Give Kids The World Village, and the countless families around the world served by this remarkable nonprofit, thank you for your consideration.

Donating – If someone does not want to join as an individual or a team, and they just want to make a normal donation

  1. On the main page, click the white box that says “Donate Now”
  2. In the new website, select how much they would like to donate and either as a one time gift, or monthly
  3. Fill in all personal information and their card number
  4. Submit!

To join as an individual – If someone wants to join the page as an individual

  1. On the main page, click the green box that says “Become a Fundraiser”
  2. Select “As an individual”
  3. Create an account, and then you are all set!

To create a team – If someone wants to start their team company page

  1. On the main page, click the green box that says “Become a Fundraiser”
  2. Select “Create a team”
  3. Create an account
  4. Make your team name, enter your fundraising goal, and add the team title line
  5. You are given the option to make a short URL for the page. Example would be: give.gktw.org/Sedgwick

Once it is set up, you will join as an individual and share the page!

If a team page is already made, and I want to join the team – there are two ways for this. The first is to click on the team or go to the page that was made, and join the team as an individual. The second way is selecting the green “Become a fundraiser” box, and selecting “Join a team”. Here they can either search the team name, or by the captain (who made the page).

GKTW Stories

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GKTW Stories

“We’re here!” Ryder’s Trip to Florida

 A Million Lights can give kids the world and make a kid’s wish come true. Montana native Ryder enjoyed a delightful whirlwind of adventure when he visited Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, FL. Make plans to come to the 2022 Service Day, Gala, and Silent Auction – it will be a Gala event to help kids like Ryder.

“We’re here!” Ryder’s Trip to Florida

More GKTW Stories

Zay’s Family Found a Place to Heal

William Didn’t Want to Leave

Reid Found Unexpected Fun

Nathaniel’s Normal Week in Florida

JJ’s Trip Gave his Family Time Together

Ice Cream for Brooklyn

Hugs for the Mayor from a Fearless Kid

Hope is a Priceless Gift that Heals

Grace Never Lost her Smile

Emily has a Giving-Back Heart

Courage Comes in Many Sizes

Claire’s Week Without Worries

Chrissy’s Special Birthday Celebration

A Magical Week for a Princess

 

Last Year’s Efforts

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Last Year’s Efforts

Last year, even though the midst’s of a Pandemic, the WCI community continued our ongoing support of the village. We are proud to share that more than $125,000 was raised for GKTW Village at the WCI 2021 service day, silent auction, and gala! We are very grateful to the 500 gala attendees, 200 volunteers, 44 sponsors, and the work comp community for continuing to support such a worthy cause.