IT WAS A goal a decade in the making when the InterContinental Hotels Group Owners Association made its annual donation to Give Kids The World Village, reaching $1 million in contributions. The program to support GKTW, which provides free, weeklong vacations to critically ill children and their family, began with a partnership with Holiday Inn.
IHG Owners Association 2018 Chair Deepesh Kholwadwala and Association Director of Partnerships and Member Programs Nathan Polny presented the $1 million donation to GKTW President and CEO Pamela Landwirth on Dec. 21.
GKTW operates an 84-acre resort in Kissimmee, Florida, where the beneficiary children and their families stay in villas surrounded by attractions like the Ice Cream Palace and the Castle of Miracles. They enjoy meals and all the ice cream they can eat as well as nightly entertainment. GKTW works with more than 240 organizations with children in need of their services throughout the U.S. and in 76 countries. About 8,000 families come through the facility each year.
“The IHG Owners Association has been a dedicated advocate of GKTW from its inception 30 plus years ago,” explains Berg. “We are appreciative of the generosity of our owner members to help us achieve this ambitious goal.”
The IHG Owners Association was founded in 1955 by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. It currently represents 4,500 owners and operators of more than 3,500 IHG properties.
“Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are to the IHG Owners Association for this incredibly generous donation,” Landwirth said. “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.”