12th Annual WishFlight Takes 28 Children On An Enchanted Vacation
American Airlines and the Something mAAgic Foundation are partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to grant the wishes of 28 children on the 12th annual American Airlines WishFlight to Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 19. Something mAAgic's annual marquee event, WishFlight, sponsors children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families for a week-long retreat at the Give Kids The World Village to experience the excitement of the Walt Disney World® Resort.
As the wish children and their families depart from their home cities across the country, they begin their vacation with a Bon Voyage event hosted by American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Airlines Federal Credit Union employee volunteers, along with other Something mAAgic volunteers. Airport terminal festivities include decorations, cheering volunteers, clowns and sweets for all departing passengers. Festive events also await the flights' arrivals in Orlando as the children begin their wish experiences.
"WishFlight is all about hope and fun for everyone involved. The gift of a child's 'wish come true' provides immeasurable joy for the entire family," said Jennifer Proctor, Executive Director of the Something mAAgic Foundation. "It is an honor to be a part of an organization that replaces hospital visits and worries with happy times and memories that the whole family can enjoy."
The 28 wish children are the most ever to take part in WishFlight, which began in 1996 as a grassroots campaign among American Airlines employees to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
During the week-long stay at Give Kids The World Village, each family stays in their own villa, and enjoy meals onsite at the Gingerbread House restaurant. The one-of-a-kind magical Village includes the Castle of Miracles, complete with a wheelchair-friendly carousel, the interactive Amberville Train Station, and an Ice Cream Palace that serves all the ice cream a child can eat.
As part of Something mAAgic's commitment to enhancing the wishes of the children, last year Something mAAgic presented Give Kids The World Village with a $20,000 donation, the first installment of a three-year pledge to build a new villa to house additional families during their stay. The groundbreaking of the new villa will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20. American Airlines has supported the Village for more than 10 years, and even built the wheelchair accessible, interactive waterpark, The Park of Dreams. The new villa, which will open in 2008, is the next step in the Something mAAgic and American Airlines partnership to support Give Kids The World.
To learn more about WishFlight 2007 and Something mAAgic or to help fulfill wishes by donating your time or financial contribution, please visit http://www.somethingmaagic.org/.
About Something mAAgic Foundation
The Something mAAgic Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Airlines Federal Credit Union employees that supports the missions of the Give Kids The World Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation by raising money to enhance wishes and sponsor WishFlight. Since 1996, close to $870,000 has been raised to help children from Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States realize their lifelong wish. For more information, visit http://www.somethingmaagic.org/.
About Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life- threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 41 minutes and has granted more than 153,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit http://www.wish.org/ and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life- threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 75,000 families from all 50 states and over 50 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.gktw.org/.
About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
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