Many Central Florida chefs are on the scene when it comes to giving back to our community and are closely involved with local charities and non-profit organizations. Celebrity Chef and Retro Rad Diva Emily Ellyn is no exception. In addition to her involvement with the Second Harvest Bank of Central Florida, Florida Hospital Foundation, Orange County Public Library, Ronald McDonald House, and many more, she acts as a spokesperson for Give Kids The World’s Ice Cream For Breakfast campaign.
Give Kids The World Village provides a cost free, week-long vacation for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The Village was established by hotelier, philanthropist, and Holocaust survivor, Henri Landwirth in 1989. Since its opening, Give Kids The World Village has hosted over 120,000 families. Everything is included: accommodations, theme park tickets, trips, transportation, meals, snacks, and daily surprises for each child in the family. All this, and more, is provided through the support of numerous volunteers, generous individuals, and community-minded corporations.
At the Ice Cream Palace located at the Village, for example, families can have ice cream ANY time of the day… even for breakfast!
The Ice Cream For Breakfast campaign was set up to help fund the awesome work done at GKTW and was inspired by a “wish family” who celebrates their anniversary by eating ice cream for breakfast. They suggested a campaign to encourage individuals, families and corporations to support Give Kids The World Village by signing up for a virtual fundraising campaign or hosting an ice cream social in their place of business or home.
Give Kids the World Village is a truly magical place where families and, especially children, can forget the everyday reality of hospitals, doctor visits and treatments. It’s a week to have an unforgettable time with each other and enjoy a “happiness that inspires hope.”