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Two Kissimmee Charities Come Together for Night of a Million Lights

Give Kids the World is an organization that we strongly support. They give entirely free vacations to critically ill children and their families. Any opportunity we have to provide them with some extra promotion, we will. Here is information from their latest newsletter when two Kissimmee charities collaborated for Night of a Million Lights.

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Kissimmee, FL – Two Central Florida nonprofits – one focused on celebrating the past, and the other on creating hope for the future – are collaborating this holiday season to transform the lives of wish families from around the world.  Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, a remarkable cultural and historical treasure, is making it possible for thousands of guests attending Give Kids The World Village’s Night of a Million Lights holiday spectacular to park at its facility on a complimentary basis. 

 

By offering their parking facilities along with the County’s park property, Osceola History and its Pioneer Village are enabling as many guests as possible to attend the event, which benefits Give Kids The World Village – an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Kissimmee that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost.

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“We are thrilled to partner with Give Kids The World on its Night of a Million Lights event,” says Kimberly Murray, MS, executive director of Osceola History.  “Our two Villages are so different, yet both are so important to our community.  Our collaboration will allow us to shine a light on our respective missions while supporting families in Central Florida and around the world who are facing unthinkable challenges.”

 

One of Osceola History’s three Central Florida facilities, Pioneer Village within the Shingle Creek Regional Park encompasses 16 historic structures, most of which are original.  They include the Tyson House, the Cadman House, and the Lanier House.  The facility is designed to preserve and foster an understanding of Osceola County’s rich cultural and natural heritage.  More information can be found at www.osceolahistory.org.

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Rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator 15 years in a row, Give Kids The World Village has its own unique legacy in Central Florida.  When wish-granting organizations from around the world receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit the area’s world renowned theme parks and attractions, Give Kids The World fulfills the wish – providing each child and his/her family with an all-inclusive stay that includes transportation; accommodations in one of the Village’s 166 storybook residential villas; all meals and snacks; donated theme park tickets; nightly entertainment; daily gifts; and priceless interactive experiences at the Village, featuring accessible rides and attractions.  Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed nearly 177,000 families from all 50 states and 76 countries.

 

Back for its second year, Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights holiday fundraiser will make these life-changing experiences possible.  For 52 nights, guest can immerse themselves in the wonder and enchantment of a storybook Village brilliantly bedecked in more than three million lights – many of which were donated by Walt Disney World.  This year’s reimagined event features a 360-degree dancing lights show set to music; tram tours of dozens of decorated wish family villas; a dazzling tree trail; a festive holiday marketplace where guests can visit Santa in his elaborately decorated Florida home; a variety of premium experiences, including dessert parties, behind-the-scenes tours, and special balcony moments; and much more.

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Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights for Night of a Million Lights, which USA TODAY named the “Number One Thing To Do In Orlando in December” for 2020.  The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with staggered entry times to prevent crowding.  Parking for all guests, with the exception of ADA parking, will take place at Pioneer Village (2491 Babb Road in Kissimmee), with shuttle bus service transporting guests to and from Give Kids The World Village every few minutes all night long for the duration of the 52-night event, which ends on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

For more information, visit www.gktw.org.

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About Tricia Kennedy

Tricia lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Tours and has ridden over 200 times. Tricia's other favorite thing is Disney's BoardWalk, where she can often be found taking a walk or watching the nightly street performers. If Tricia is not at the parks she's out playing drums or with her dog Yoda.