April 23, 2024

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Experience Kissimmee Raises Over $13,000 for Special Olympics Florida

| 6/12/2018

Kissimmee – Experience Kissimmee recently raised $13,500 for Special Olympics Florida—Osceola County. The donation was privately raised through the 2nd Annual Kissimmee Cares Golf Classic in May.

“At Experience Kissimmee, we know first-hand the impact of sports and the values they teach including the individual commitment to a group effort, “said DT Minich, Experience Kissimmee President and CEO. “That’s why we’re so honored to provide this donation to this incredible organization, and we could not have done it without the support of the players, our industry partners, and sponsors of our annual Kissimmee Cares Golf Classic.”

The event was hosted May 9 by Experience Kissimmee Cares, the organization’s community relations initiative, at the Celebration Golf Club and supported by title sponsor Gatorland, along with Old Town, K&M Rentals, and more. Nearly 120 players participated in the tournament which featured 18 themed-holes and a putting contest. Additional funds were raised through raffles. All raffle and tournament prizes were donated and included gift baskets, tickets to area attractions, and accommodations.

“In Osceola County, we have 540 athletes that participate in our program at no cost. The generosity of organizations, like Experience Kissimmee, enables people with intellectual disabilities throughout Osceola County to experience the power of sports every day,” said Chris Jordan, Director of Special Olympics Florida—Osceola County. “We look forward to using this generous donation to continue our efforts to make the joys and benefits of Special Olympics a reality to more athletes each year.”

The inaugural Kissimmee Cares Golf Classic, held in 2017, raised over $7,000 which was donated to the Kissimmee chapter of Fairways for Warriors.

The 3rd Annual Kissimmee Cares Golf Classic will be held May 8, 2019. Recipients of the proceeds for next year’s event will be determined through an application process, opening late 2018.

The Experience Kissimmee Vacation Story: Almost 50 years of vacation-making experience. More than 8,000,000 overnight visitors. And closer than a wave-of-a-wand away from world-famous theme parks and attractions, the headwaters of the Everglades, extraordinary natural wonders, and plates for every palate. We’re Experience Kissimmee, the official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. (That means we oversee sales and marketing for the destination.) We’re also the Vacation Home Capital of the World®, with more than 45,000 accommodation options, including luxury resorts, family- friendly hotels, and over 22,000 vacation homes.

About Experience Kissimmee Cares:

The mission of Experience Kissimmee Cares is to support non-profit organizations and programs that empower Osceola County families to become self-sufficient, succeed and thrive.

About Special Olympics:

Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5 million athletes and Unified partners in more than 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year.

Tags: Non-profit/Philanthropy

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