$90 for 90




Henri Landwirth

Henri Landwirth knows the pain of a lost childhood. As a boy during World War II, he spent five years in concentration camps. It was the darkest time of his life, but it ignited in him a passion for helping others.

After coming to the U.S., Henri became a hotelier, managing, then owning, properties in Florida. Occasionally, a sick child visiting Orlando on a “wish trip” would stay at one of his hotels. But Henri wanted to do more.

He knew that children with life-threatening illnesses often missed the best parts of their childhood. Sickness was a thief that robbed children of laughter and play just as the Nazis had taken those things from him.

So he vowed to create a place where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families could forget doctor appointments and hospital visits. A place where they could reclaim time stolen by illness. A place where happiness inspires hope.

That place — Give Kids The World Village has hosted more than 150,000 families from around the world. There is no cost to families, and, true to Henri’s commitment, no child is ever turned away.

The Village does enormous good for families facing enormous struggles. And it exists because Henri Landwirth asked a very simple question: “How can I make a child’s life better?”



90 for 90

The “$90 for 90” campaign celebrates Henri Landwirth’s 90th birthday and honors a lifetime of service. Henri created Give Kids The World as an escape for children with life-threatening illnesses — a place filled with the joys of childhood, like parties and games and, of course, ice cream.

To honor Henri, the Ice Cream Palace will be renovated and renamed “Henri’s Starlite Scoops.” The building will serve as a permanent symbol of Henri’s commitment to making children smile.

The name is a nod to The Starlite Motel, the motel Henri managed early in his career. During the Mercury era, the Starlite was popular with astronauts and journalists, several of whom became supporters of the Village and lifelong friends with Henri.


Make a Difference

Want to make a difference in the life of a seriously ill child?

Then make a donation to our “$90 for 90” campaign. Your gift of $90 (or $900, or $90,000!) will support Henri’s Starlite Scoops, the Village’s new ice-cream parlor, named in honor of Founder Henri Landwirth. We’ve set a goal of $5 million to cover construction and operating costs.

So join the Village family, and help us serve happiness by the bowlful.

*Donations will help cover capital or operating costs of Henri’s Starlite Scoops.