Not all help for Give Kids the World Village comes from Walt Disney World, Universal or the Orlando area theme parks and businesses. Famous Pittsburgh park, Kennywood, raised over $14,000 with their annual ‘Coasting with Kids’ event. The money raised is set to be donated to the non-profit Florida resort for critically ill children.
Give Kids the World Village is located in Orlando and provides weeklong vacations, at not cost, to critically ill children and their families. I can’t stress enough how amazing they are and since they started in 1986 they have “welcomed more than 176,000 families from all 50 states and 76 countries.” This is all thanks to generous donations from people and businesses, like Kennywood who held this event to raise money for the organization.
On Sunday Kennywood offered an extra hour of park time for those who raised more than $100 for the annual fundraiser. This game them access to the many world famous coasters that Kennywood boasts. It has three coasters that date back to the 1920s: The Jack Rabbit, the Thunderbolt, and the Racer. It also has the oldest operating dark ride that dates back to 1901.
The park itself was founded around 1898!
If you have never been I recommend you give it a visit. It’s definitely worth it and they offer holiday events as well. This fall they will be hosting Phantom Fall Fest. During the day it will be a family event and in the evening it will turn into the traditional Phantom Fright Night where they offer haunts and scare zones!
In 2020 they had to shutter a lot of the special events, but here is a live stream look Clownfish TV had in 2019.
At Christmastime they usually do holiday lights and displays with a giant Christmas tree!
Since we are located near Pittsburgh, I’m especially proud of all the effort people put in to raise money for Give Kids the World Village. I’m proud of Kennywood for hosting again as well.
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Source: KDKA Pittsburgh
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