MINNEAPOLIS—AmericInn is partnering with Give Kids the World to help raise funds for the non-profit organization’s Scoops of Hope initiative. Give Kids the World fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, by providing fantasy vacations at its 70-acre “storybook” resort in Orlando, Fla. Scoops of Hope is a fundraising initiative inspired by a former wish family, who celebrate the anniversary of their Village trip each year by having ice cream for breakfast—just as they did at the Ice Cream Palace during their stay.
AmericInn locations have already raised more than $37,000 in this year’s efforts—more than three times last year’s fundraising total, which also partnered with the non-profit.
“We are proud to join with this wonderful fundraising partner in providing memorable experiences for kids with life-threatening illnesses through the Scoops of Hope initiative,” said Paul Kirwin, AmericInn president and CEO. “It warms the heart to know that AmericInn guests and people in the communities where we’re located are committed to supporting Give Kids the World.”
With more than 200 properties in 24 states, AmericInn is encouraging its hotels to host ice cream-themed events during November 2015 in an effort to raise money for the program. It costs about $5,000 for each child and family served by Give Kids the World.
The partnership with Give Kids the World is part of AmericInn’s long-standing commitment to community involvement, which grew into its AmericInn Cares initiative in 2011. As part of AmericInn Cares, twice each year the company unites as a brand to support a single cause. Past support has gone to military groups, including the Blue Star Mothers and Yellow Ribbon Network when more than 3,000 care packages were sent overseas; True Friends camps, when camp supply kits were assembled; and a fire department, when fleece blankets and teddy bears were made to support their outreach programs.