Give Kids the World lead­ers hon­ored by IAAPA

Orlando Sentinel - - BUSINESS - By De­wayne Bevil

Henri and Pamela Land­wirth, who founded and op­er­ate Give Kids the World, have been se­lected for the IAAPA Hall of Fame.

Their in­duc­tion was an­nounced at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the IAAPA At­trac­tions Expo at Or­ange County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter on Tues­day morn­ing.

Give Kids the World, based in Kis­sim­mee, is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that gives free week-long Cen­tral Florida va­ca­tions to chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing dis­eases and their fam­i­lies. The char­ity was founded in 1986.

“I will work hard for the rest of my life to try to de­serve” the honor, Pamela Land­wirth told the group. Henri Land­wirth was

un­able be­cause of health con­cerns.

Also se­lected for the honor were Richard M. Sher­man, a song­writer who cre­ated sev­eral Dis­ney clas­sics, and Philippe de Villers, founder of Puy du Fou, a French at­trac­tion that uti­lizes the­atrics and spe­cial ef­fects but no rides.

Sher­man, along­side his brother Robert, wrote the lyrics for “It’s a Small World.”

Other Sher­man clas­sics in­clude “The to at­tend Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,” “There’s a Great Big Beau­ti­ful To­mor­row” and “The Best Time of Your Life” for Carousel of Progress, and “One Lit­tle Spark” for Jour­ney Into Imag­i­na­tion.

The Sher­mans won two Academy Awards for their work on “Mary Pop­pins.” Robert Sher­man died in 2012. Richard Sher­man was un­able to at­tend be­cause he was in final prepa­ra­tions for a new mu­si­cal.

The largest con­ven­tion of In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Amuse­ment Parks and At­trac­tions mem­bers, closed to the pub­lic, con­tin­ues through Fri­day.

Pamela Land­wirth

Henri Land­wirth

De Villers


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