For 35 years, Give Kids The World has created the happiness that inspires hope for critically ill children and their families – welcoming more than 176,000 families from around the world to experience the magic of our whimsical Village.
Yesterday, we were so honored to be invited to celebrate the long awaited opening of Henri’s Starlite Scoops, marking the 35th anniversary as well as the founder himself, Henri Landwirth’s birthday.
There was much celebration for the newest and well, most important spot at the Village, imagined and designed to honor the late founder’s love of space and yes, ice cream. It is a well known fact that you can get ice cream at the village anytime, even for breakfast, and the new ice cream establishment makes this even more fun if that is possible.
With opening remarks from CEO and President Pam Landwirth, beaming with joy and the incredible passion that she has for the village, we also heard from retired U.S. Navy captain and former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, a veteran of three space shuttle missions and commander of the final shuttle mission, joining wish families and VIP’s in celebrating the grand opening.
This was very in line with the theme of the space aged looking building as Henri’s Starlite Scoops is named for Give Kids The World Founder Henri Landwirth, who managed the Starlite Motel in Cocoa Beach – the temporary home to the original Mercury 7 astronauts. John Glenn and other Mercury 7 astronauts became Henri’s lifelong friends as well as tremendous supporters of Give Kids The World.
After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, we got to tour some of the village and get a sneak peak of new venues in the works. This was so amazing and rather emotional, as the village was closed for almost a year, just recently reopening and being able to welcome children and their families back to this incredible place.
Henri’s Starlite Scoops was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering in partnership with Universal Creative, with support from 12 community partners. It features immersive space theming including historic photos, NASA memorabilia, and a 30-foot UFO on the roof.
GKTW is an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families with transformative weeklong wish vacations at no cost.
To help celebrate their 35th anniversary, they are challenging every state to raise a minimum of $3,500 to help make dreams come true for children whose wishes were put on hold due to the pandemic. To make a donation, and to read the inspirational stories of wish families from all 50 states who have experienced the Village, please click here.
Spokesmayne; Give Kids The World Village Media Event