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Region’s Largest Event for Community Service: ICON Park and I-Drive District Showcase 35+ Local non-profit organizations

Explore, learn about the community, and take in a 400-ft. view of your hometown

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2023) – In support of Central Florida residents and communities, ICON Park and the I-Drive District are planning the area’s largest event dedicated solely to inspiring community service and volunteerism.

The “Community Day Celebration” will feature educational booths and activities from 35+ Central Florida non-profit organizations, and take place Sept. 30 from noon to 6 P.M.

Charity booths, activities and photo opportunities will be set up throughout the 20-acre ICON Park beneath the iconic 400-ft. Wheel for guests of all ages to learn the missions of each organization and how to get involved.  Guests can also relax on The Lawn and enjoy live entertainment on the main stage.

There is no admission charge to visit ICON Park, and ample free parking in in its seven-story garage.

Guests will receive a free map of all organizations to be stamped at each booth they explore.  As a special incentive, anyone who visits 10 booths will be able to experience a 400-ft. view of their hometown aboard The Wheel, for just $10 (typically $29.99).

This event celebrates our hometown Orlando community and the spirit of our residents,” said ICON Park President and CEO Chris Jaskiewicz. “Because we live and work in the nation’s top travel destination, we’re able to share unique resources to help others, and shine a bright spotlight on their missions.  Our hope is that guests come out to enjoy an afternoon of fun, learn something new, get a hometown view from sky-high — and perhaps even be inspired to volunteer this upcoming holiday season.”

This year, the company donated a quarter of a million dollars to organizations that help residents,  through its in-kind resources and unique events such as:

  • Lighting The Wheel in custom colors to raise awareness for special causes;
  • Fire rescue teams regularly use The Wheel for their safety training exercises;
  • Conservation groups use The Wheel’s 400-ft. views to observe critical waterways;
  • A new foodie event series that benefits a charity partner each quarter;
  • Hosting local charities events and fundraisers for free, or discounted cost; and
  • Creating military enlistment ceremonies on-site so new Army recruits could enlist with family present

This broad-scale and creative level of commitment resulted in the Salvation Army naming ICON Park as their “2023 Corporate Partner of the Year”.

 

“International Drive specializes in dynamic experiences for both visitors and locals,” said Norah White, Director of Sales & Marketing for the I-Drive District.  “The I-Drive District’s partnership with ICON Park on this remarkable Community Celebration fuses two of my favorite things: community and fun! It’s fulfilling being involved with this special day to embody the needs of our area, yet learn how we can be part of the solution. I anticipate seeing many smiles and hearing some fantastic local musicians on the 30th.”

More than 35 organizations will be on-site, including charities that provide food, shelter, medical care and resources to children, families and adults in need;  fire and public safety groups; and sports, diversity and arts organizations. Guests and event participants are encouraged to share news and photos of the day on social media with the hashtag #OrlandoCommunityDay.

Free activities include:

  • Live entertainment on the outdoor Lawn’s center stage
  • Photo ops with Orange County Fire Rescue’s fire trucks and rescue vehicles
  • United States Army’s video game truck
  • First Tee’s, which teaches golfing and life skills for kids, putt-putt game and a hole-in-one challenge
  • Performances from The Capoeira Brazilian Pelourinho (CBP) Martial Arts Academy Orlando, which is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, music and acrobatics

List of confirmed organizations:  

  • Food, shelter and resources
    • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
    • Heart of Florida United Way
    • Salvation Army
    • Matthew’s Hope
    • IF You Foundation
    • The Faine House
  • Children and adults battling medical issues
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida
    • Cookies For Kids’ Cancer
    • Make-A-Wish Foundation
    • Give Kids the World
    • UCP Central Florida
    • Arthritis Foundation
  • Diversity and education support
    • Junior Achievement
    • Quest, Inc.
    • Women on the Rise
    • The Center Orlando
    • The Cloud Family Foundation
  • Public Safety
    • S. Army
    • Orange County Fire Rescue
    • Orange County Sherriff’s Office
    • Orange County Neighborhood Services Division
  • Arts, sports and enrichment
    • The Capoeira Brazilian Pelourinho (CBP) Martial Arts Academy Orlando
    • Orlando Solar Bears
    • Orange County Library System
    • First Tee Central Florid

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About ICON Park

The 20-acre, open-air entertainment destination is gate-free, has free admission, free parking, and fun adventures for the whole family. Located in the heart of the Orlando Entertainment District, the Park encompasses 10 entertainment attractions, over a dozen world-class restaurants and bars, nightly live music, retail stores and an outdoor marketplace – all anchored under the brilliant lights of the 400-ft icon of the Orlando skyline, The Wheel.

Visit attractions including SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando and Museum of Illusions Orlando. Choose from a diverse mix of restaurants for lunch, dinner and late-night bites with a wide variety of flavors and cuisines. Find a unique collection of shopping treasures as you explore the outdoor market with its brick promenade and cozy festoon string lights.

ICON Park is at the center of the International Drive Resort Area and is conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard and the Beachline.   To learn more, visit: https://iconparkorlando.com.

About the I-Drive District

Come discover what makes the International Drive Resort Area Orlando’s Most Dynamic Destination. Thrill seekers will love the close proximity to all of Orlando’s top theme parks, 30+ epic attractions and 50+ entertainment venues and complexes. Try international cuisine at 275+ restaurants, or treat yourself to a gift from 600+ shops. It’s all yours to explore on the convenient I-Ride Trolley Service linking 100+ stops.

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