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Give Kids the World Village throws its most “uplifting” fundraiser yet   

by Susan and Simon Veness

Qualatex Balloon Wonderland, a dazzling balloon walk-through event for the benefit of Give Kids The World Village, is coming to Orlando’s Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort on July 15-16, 2022.

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Photos courtesy of Give Kids the World Village

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will be awash in vibrant colors as more than 400 balloon artists from 22 countries across the world create a whimsical, walk-through replica of Give Kids The World Village icons to benefit the charity that provides free magical week-long visits for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

“We are very excited about bringing the wonder and excitement of balloon artistry to Orlando while raising funds for such and impactful nonprofit,” said Cyndra Perez, marketing strategies director for Pioneer Balloon Company, the parent company of Qualatex.

Guests attending the event can walk through life-sized displays of seven iconic Village venues and enjoy one-of-a-king photo opportunities, live strolling musician performances, balloon artists, and more.

Construction of the balloon wonderland is expected to take 15,000 hours, using 500,000 biodegradable balloons.

qualatex balloon wonderland give kids the world fundraiser

The event’s opening night “Party in Wonderland” takes place on July 15, from 5-10 p.m., with the main event on July 16, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

An After Hours Party will end the event on a high note on July 16, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. All proceeds from the weekend will go to Give Kids The World, which has been rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator for 15 years in a row.

“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments, and hospital stays, and they are often told ‘No’ due to the limitations of their illness,” said Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World. “With support from partners like Pioneer Balloon Company, we are thrilled to be able to provide these children and their families with a magical week of ‘Yes,’ where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and create unforgettable memories in a storybook oasis, which attendees will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of during Balloon Wonderland.”

Tickets are on sale now at GKTW.org.


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Charley Infante July 8, 2022 - 12:28 am

This is going to be wonderful! I am so honored to be one of the many balloon artists there serving as a team lead. I’m so thankful to Qualatex for this opportunity.

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