Help Give Kids The World win a $250,000 grant from Pepsi

Posted Tuesday, June 1, 2010 1:50 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Give Kids The World is participating in the "Refresh Everything" program sponsored by Pepsi. At stake is a $250,000 grant that will help the charity make repairs and upgrades at the GKTW Village in Central Florida.

As I'm sure you know, Give Kids The World Village is a place for children with life threatening illness and their families to stay and enjoy the attractions of the area that we take for granted at no cost. CoasterBuzz has long been a supporter of this organization, as it's so closely tied to the industry we love.

Please take a moment to follow this link and vote for GKTW. Yes, the sign-up is kind of a pain, but there's also a Facebook login that makes it much easier if you're a member there. Please vote!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 1:53 PM

Good call. I started voting and trying to spread the word today, and got my wife to create an account and do the same. It's already been bumped up a couple of spots since this morning, and I'm hoping GKTW knocks the horror film fest down. While I'm all for independent and horror films, I'm more about helping people, especially sick kids.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 2:38 PM

Great idea! Facebook makes it a LOT easier, btw...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:19 PM

Thanks so much for spreading the word, everyone! I've been meaning to share with you all an in-depth look at the wonderful nonprofit we all know and love-- and also the magical place I work-- for some time now. Please check out my "Day in Pictures" report to get a better idea of what GKTW is all about!

There is just so much to say about GKTW, the photos don't even cover it. It truly is a vacation of a lifetime for these much-deserving families...a time where they can laugh and be together as a family for the first time in a long time and not worry about hospitals and medical bills.

Please keep on voting throughout the month of June! This grant will help refurbish some of the older villas so GKTW can keep giving providing the best experience for all of the special families it serves. Thank you :).

Last edited by ST chick, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:20 PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 9:35 PM

We went from 18th place to 14th today. Good start, let's keep pushing it!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:15 AM

Voted, posted to my Facebook, and will hopefully have it up in at least one place over on RCPro by tomorrow. GKTW has become a new personal favorite charity to support in any way I can. Good luck you guys!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 7:25 AM

Looks like it's in 16th, today. I'm putting in our votes this morning, and reminding my friends to do the same.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:45 PM

A great cause I will be voting and I will promote the project on The Whalom park facebook.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:39 AM

It looks like the key to winning this will be frequent voting, every day, and especially toward the end. Keep clicking!

Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:06 PM

11th place! Let's keep up the votes.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:26 PM

I just added the info in a post on the coasterimage Facebook page - which will also export to Twitter and the front page of

Hope that scores some extra votes. :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:10 PM

I heard that guy who runs Coasterimage is a real jerk.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:12 PM

He is.

But even he is taking time every day to vote for GKTW. :)

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:14 PM
Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:48 PM

Just like Chicago politics - vote early, vote often!

P.S. Great job down there, Kara. Someday I'll get ya to hire me... ;)

Thursday, June 10, 2010 4:04 PM

I just put the Widget on my homepage as well.

Friday, June 11, 2010 12:34 AM

I love to see the reaction amongst even a small group of enthusiasts to support GKTW. It is kind of nice to have a charity to kind of associate with the industry that we have such interest in and be so quick to support it.

Announced it at work last week, and will probably plug it again Saturday night. Looks like the increased visibility is starting to help.

Friday, June 11, 2010 7:58 AM

Coaster related or not, I really only care that those kids get to live their dream. I'd be supporting this, no matter what.

Friday, June 11, 2010 7:24 PM

About GKTW, and Make-A-Wish, I seriously believe that it can help them to recover from their illness. Everyday, people take a vacation to get away from the everyday routine, and it helps the stress level upon return. Give kid's with a life-threatening illness a vacation, and it just might give them a better chance to fight their illness.

I saw kids from GKTW all the time when I worked at Universal. It was amazing to see a kid, and his or her family, who were going through that, to be relaxed and having such a great time. It was a magic that sometimes brought tears to my eyes, but they where not sad tears at all.

Last edited by LostKause, Sunday, June 20, 2010 3:14 AM
Monday, June 14, 2010 3:44 PM

The voting site is now also making available a widget you can include onto your web sites to allow people to click and vote. If anyone has a blog or site they would like to add this to, please check it out. The code is located under the "Promote this Idea" ribbon that appears after you submit your vote.

Monday, June 14, 2010 6:52 PM

I'm not sure how long it's been there. But, I've had my wigit up for about a week now.


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