On August 10th, in Orlando, FL more than 50 GB employees joined by industry colleagues from RPS (Orlando), GGB (Boca Raton), Republic Airways, and PRM (clients) participated in the annual GKTW Service event and Gala benefiting Give Kids the World (GKTW) as part of the WCI conference. Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. The Village and its community partners provide children and their families’ accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more.
This is the tenth year of the partnership between the Workers Compensation Institute and GKTW and GB’s sixth year participating. This year the event drew in 1,200 volunteers, representing over 150 companies totaling over 3,000 manpower hours. Our event volunteers performed the equivalent of 2 ½ years of labor in one morning. GB served on Villa Beautification teams (painting, cleaning the villas where families reside), pillow stuffing and mask-making, as well as working in the restaurant serving food to the families. Tina Socha, Senior Account Manager serves as an ambassador, and she was instrumental in the logistics of transporting all of the volunteers to and from the event.
As an event sponsor, Gallagher Bassett planted trees in Banyan Park, a new area of the village, in commemoration of the WCI Day of Service. The intention is to leave a lasting and beautiful gift to the Village. This year, the tree planting was attended by Gallagher Bassett’s Rose Burford (Branch Manager) and her husband James, Andrea Humphries (Assistant Vice President), Alison Machulak (Assistant Branch Manager), and Megan Reed (Digital Marketing Lead). They were joined by WCI President, Jim McConnauhhay as well as other industry sponsors.
Following the volunteering event, a group gathered in the evening at the Orlando World Marriot to attend a Gala, which also included dinner and a silent auction. The Gala was attended by 600 plus people and raised over $120,000, which will fund projects like a new ice cream parlor in the village.
Interested in volunteering at Give Kids the World? Check out their website: http://www.gktw.org/volunteer/index.php