Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund Lends a Hand as the 13th Annual WishFlight Takes 31 Children to Orlando
American Airlines and the Something mAAgic Foundation are partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to grant children their fondest wishes with a trip to Orlando, Fla. Thirty-one courageous wish kids will participate in American Airlines 13th Annual WishFlight on Friday, Oct. 3.
WishFlight, Something mAAgic's annual marquee event, sends children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families to Florida for a seven-day retreat at Give Kids The World Village® and various Orlando attractions.
Bon voyage festivities will take place in more than 29 airports throughout the American Airlines network as the wish children depart their home cities. These events hosted by American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Airlines Federal Credit Union employee volunteers include decorations, games, cheering volunteers and cake for all departing passengers. There are also festivities when the wish kids arrive in Orlando as the children and their families begin their magical vacation.
"WishFlight is all about hope and fun for everyone involved. The gift of a child's wish provides immeasurable joy for the entire family," said Jennifer Proctor, Executive Director of the Something mAAgic Foundation. "It's an honor to be a part of an organization that replaces hospital visits and worries with happy times and memories for the whole family."
An added bonus this year will be the presence of Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund, who has volunteered to join others to welcome the kids at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport terminal parties before boarding a WishFlight to Orlando and continuing the celebration there. The following evening, Haglund will join Something mAAgic volunteers and participate in a Give Kids The World Village party with the kids and their families.
During their stay at the Give Kids The World Village, each wish family will enjoy accommodations in their own villa and meals onsite at the Gingerbread House Restaurant. The Village's play areas were designed to delight children of all ages, complete with a wheelchair-accessible carousel, an Ice Cream Palace, movie theatre, and a wheelchair-accessible swimming pool located at the American Airlines-sponsored "The Park of Dreams."
As part of the foundation's commitment to enhancing the wishes of children, this year Something mAAgic will present Give Kids The World Village the final installment of a three-year pledge to build a new villa to house additional families during their stay. The dedication ceremony of the new villa will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4.
To learn more about WishFlight 2008 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 501C(3) non-profit organization made up of American Airlines®, American Eagle®, and American Airlines Federal Credit Union® employee volunteers. By supporting the missions of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and Give Kids the World Village®, we help create magical memories for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1996, more than $1,000,000 has been raised to help children from Canada, Europe, Latin America, Mexico 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. Founded 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 66 chapters in the U.S. and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 167,000 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 is a non-profit resort that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Wish-granting organizations coordinate transportation to Orlando, while Give Kids The World provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, and meals for a week-long fantasy vacation. Since its founding in 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed families from all 50 states and more than 65 countries.
About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to http://www.missamerica.org/.
About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® regional 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 more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. American Airlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
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