Ice Cream For Breakfast Contest #icecreamwakeup

06-26-12-icfb-global-contestWhat could be more fun than having ice cream for breakfast? I’m not sure there ARE more fun things than that, but I know waking up your kid(s) or loved one WITH ice cream would be tons of fun… for all involved.

Give Kids the World Village is hosting a contest for an Ice Cream Wakeup (hashtag #icecreamwakeup). To participate, get out your camera or phone and film someone waking up with ice cream… in bed, at the breakfast table, wherever! Keep your videos to about 30 seconds. Post your video on YouTube (or mail in CD*) and share it on social media to be entered for the random drawing April 18, 2014. Enter the link to your video(s) here. Emily Ellyn Ice Cream For Breakfast

Celebrity chef and Retro Rad Food Network Star Finalist, Emily Ellyn is the Official Spokesperson for Ice Cream For Breakfast 2014 and she’s giving out some great prizes, in addition to infusing her special brand of fun into the mix. Wouldn’t you enjoy winning a party-starter-pack featuring Emily Ellyn’s Signature Pink Zebra Safari aprorad prizesn from her apron line?! (I knew you would!)

Says Emily Ellyn, “I’ll be sharing the scoop with moms everywhere on how to bring neighborhoods, communities and families together over summer break. We’ll top it off with a sense of Retro Rad nostalgia and a touch of that Leave It To Beaver feel. And of course, the support of the Give Kids The World Mission will be the cherry on top!”

Have fun with the #icecreamwakeup and spread the word about Give Kids the World Village. Your support makes it possible to host children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 127,000 families from all 50 states and 75 countries.

*Participants may also mail in a 3×5 card with name, email address, zip code and a CD of videos (up to three video submission per CD) to: Give Kids The World, 210 SouthBass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746 ATTN: Ice Cream Wake Up Contest.
Full contest rules can be found here.

Ice Cream For Breakfast to Benefit Give Kids the World Village

I was first introduced to Give Kids the World Village firsthand at the Dawn Brancheau Foundation Dream Big 5K at SeaWorld, Orlando, in April 2011. After volunteering at the run, some of the attendees went to do additional community service to continue Dawn’s dream “to find a way to make a difference.” I signed on to help clean villas.

One of the “Storybook” buildings at GKTW Village. Can you guess what’s served here?!

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, FL, is a 70-acre “storybook” resort. The non-profit organization provides free vacation experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. From the moment you enter the gates, you can tell the place is designed with kids in mind! There’s no doubt it will be a trip they will never forget.

As we cleaned the villas, we discussed GKTW . One of Dawn’s sisters shared that a child she sponsored talked non-stop of the amazing time he and his family had there. “What was your favorite thing?” she queried. “Ice cram for breakfast every day!,” he said with a huge grin on his face! It seems a lot of these kids remember this special treat most of all!

In the spirit of that joy, an ice cream social is held every year as a fundraiser. Our family had no problem getting on board with that kind of fun (and for that great an organization!).

The weekend of July 13th-15th, people gathered to celebrate Global Ice Cream For Breakfast Weekend. We did our small part by hosting a “social” to raise funds and to increase awareness for Give Kids The World Village.

Our happy little group included 5 parents and about a dozen children. Thanks to an incredible donation by the Jamestown Publix Supermarket, the sundaes were piled HIGH with syrups and sprinkles, cherries and chocolate. They even pitched in with some festive balloons. The kids loved having ice cream for breakfast and learned about the work done for families all over the world through the village.

It’s not too late to donate. Click here to visit my First Giving page for GKTW village.