For those not familiar with this amazing organization, Give Kids the World (GKTW) during the past decade has provided more than 115,000 children who have life threatening illnesses and their families a weeklong free vacation at the Village.
GKTW is a favorite charity of Davidson Hotels and their hotels support the charity with fundraisers every year. Their Ice Cream for Breakfast theme always is a hit.
Because the Westin Colonnade Coral Gables underwrites the entire cost of the breakfast 100 percent of the money raised goes to charity. In fact, this year the Westin initiated a plan to help local charities raise funds for their respective outreach efforts by offering them a chance to sell tickets and keep half of the price of every ticket sold. More than a half dozen charitable groups have participated thus far and the Westin hopes to expand that in the future.
Joining the mayor at the July 26 breakfast were several Village family alumni who shared their stories of pure happiness while staying at the Village, something that warmed the hearts of all who had the good fortune to visit their tables during the morning.
Controller Doug Bridegum reported that the Westin Colonnade has raised more than $7,000 this year toward Davidson Hotels’ goal of $100,000 and talks already are underway for next year.