Give Kids The World Challenge for Hope

Where Happiness Inspires Hope

Give Kids The World Challenge for Hope

Formerly known as the Gingerbread Run, GKTW’s signature event returns for its 9th year with a new name! Challenge for Hope will celebrate the happiness that has inspired hope for thousands of children and families at Give Kids The World. Take on the challenge and walk, run, roll or stroll through a 5K that highlights the magic and experiences families enjoy at the Village. Become a fundraising hero and get started!

Saturday, November 11, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.

Give Kids The World Village
210 South Bass Road
Kissimmee, FL 34746

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Give Kids The World Village

Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida. Children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations, donated attraction tickets, meals and more. Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 160,000 families. For more information, visit




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Online registration is now closed. We will accept walk-in registration tomorrow for $50.


Plaza Del Sol (formally the Osceola Square Mall) in front of the old Beall’s next to Burlington Coat Factory.

Medieval Times (limited parking)

Please DO NOT park at Walmart or the Village.


Shuttle to Village: Last bus leaves parking lot at 6:55 a.m.

Shuttles to parking lot: 8:30–10 a.m.


Congratulations to Karen Skilling for being the Top Fundraiser!

Congratulations to the following teams. They will have a special tent at the event.

  • Team Denneen
  • Alaska Angels
  • High Fives
  • Team Pineapple


Fundraising Awards

Top Individual Fundraiser

The individual who raises the most money by Wednesday, November 8 at 12 p.m. EST will win access to the VIP area and will receive a top fundraising trophy presented at the race.

Top Fundraising Teams

The four teams that raise the most money by Wednesday, November 8 at 12 p.m. EST will receive trophies, presented to them at the Challenge for Hope.

Top Team VIP Area

The top four teams that raise the most money by Wednesday, November 8 at 12 p.m. EST will each win their own VIP area which includes special goodies, beverages and massages.

Top Junior Fundraiser

The top Challengers between the ages of 3 and 12 who raise the most money by Wednesday, November 8 at 12 p.m. EST will earn tickets for a special prize.

Top Corporate Team

The top two teams who raise the most money by Wednesday, November 8 at 12 p.m. EST will earn tickets for the indoor VIP area.

Top Fundraisers


  1. Elite Fundraiser Karen Skilling - $10,325.00
  2. Elite Fundraiser Audra Accola - $5,322.00
  3. Elite Fundraiser Kristina Berkeley - $3,820.00
  4. Elite Fundraiser Serenity Orth - $3,815.00
  5. Elite Fundraiser Vera Wisniewski - $3,021.50
  6. Elite Fundraiser Liam Denneen - $2,955.00
  7. Elite Fundraiser Marie Lemmon - $2,705.33
  8. Elite Fundraiser Darcy Denneen - $2,657.00
  9. Elite Fundraiser Rachel Denneen - $2,545.00
  10. Elite Fundraiser JuneMarie Lemmon - $2,521.00


  1. Team Denneen - $18,840.00
  2. Alaska's Angels - $14,110.00
  3. High Fives - $7,817.33
  4. Team Pineapple - $5,395.00
  5. Halcyon Underwriters - $4,040.00
  6. Team Georgina - $3,290.00
  7. Ryan Covillo Always In Our Hearts - $2,935.00
  8. Off Like A Herd of Turtles - $2,520.00
  9. Mears - $2,349.00
  10. Boston Market 2017 - $2,056.00


Emma Smith, Alyc Accola, Liam Denneen and Rachel Denneen


Halcyon Underwriters and Mears



Raise $50 and earn a Twinkle Star like the stars filling the Village’s Castle of Miracles.

Raise $100 and get a Challenge for Hope t-shirt to show everyone you support the Village.

At $500, you’ll get a beautiful, framed piece of art created by one of our wish kids!

Raise $1,000 and choose an ALEX AND ANI bracelet inspired by Give Kids The World.

At $2,500, you’ll get a personalized paver on the Avenue of Angels a permanent symbol of your commitment to making children’s wishes come true!