Float for Hope Fundraiser on the Missouri River Benefits Give Kids The World

Public invited to Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel’s unique expedition,

July 2-3, 2013, to help kids with life-threatening illnesses

A new date of July 2-3 has been set for the 120 mile fundraising trip down the Missouri River called Float for Hope,, an event planned by employees of Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to benefit Give Kids The World (GKTW).  High waters on the Missouri River made it necessary to move the scheduled fundraiser from its original dates in June.

GKTW Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.  The hotel’s staff has set a goal of raising $25,000 and invites the general public to take part in the ice cream social at the launch of the expedition set for July 2 beginning at noon and the welcome home reception on July 3  4-7 p.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.

“The Float for Hope concept is such a unique idea, and we are thrilled to be associated with the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel,” GKTW President Pamela Landwirth said.  “This event gives participants the chance to enjoy a day of fun while helping the precious children and families we serve.”

The hotel staff is building a replica of a Lewis and Clark style flat bottom boat set to launch from the Noren Access Boat Ramp adjacent to downtown Jefferson City, Missouri.  The hotel’s management company and leadership team will serve as navigators and pilots.  The journey will start in the current Missouri Capital and conclude in the state’s original capital, St. Charles, with a Welcome Home Reception at the Renaissance St. Louis.  The event schedule:

July 2, 2013: Noon – Ice cream social
1 p.m. – Float for Hope launches in Jefferson City

July 3, 2013: 4-7 p.m. – Welcome Home Party that includes auctioning of the boat, live music, silent auction, food and fun at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

To participate in this fun event for a worthy cause, or for information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.floatforhope.com

About Give Kids The World: Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for 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, GKTW has welcomed more than 120,000 families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Visit http://www.gktw.org for more information on GKTW and its mission.

About Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel offers stylish comfort and connectivity to the finest in local attractions with 393 guest rooms, including 19 suites, as well as 37,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.  The hotel is just minutes away from popular attractions like the Saint Louis Arch, while corporate travelers enjoy our St. Louis business hotel’s amenities and proximity to downtown and the STL Airport.  Please visit www.renaissancehotels.com/stlsa for more information.

About Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Davidson Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, full-service hotel management company that provides management, development/renovation, acquisition, consulting and accounting expertise for the hospitality industry.  The company has amassed one of the purest full-service hotel portfolios in the industry, ranging from the upper-upscale to near-luxury segments;  encompassing 47 upscale, full-service independent and branded hotels with over 13,100 rooms across the United States, including such affiliations as Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Sheraton, Westin, Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard by Marriott and Radisson.  Additional information on Davidson may be found at the company’s website, www.davidsonhotels.com.