FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Something mAAgic Foundation® and American Airlines are partnering to provide children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families a seven-day retreat in Orlando, Fla. Today, 39 courageous children will participate in the Something mAAgic Foundation's 17th annual mAAgic(SM) flight.
This year's mAAgic flight will deliver these deserving families to Kissimmee, Fla., where they will stay at the 70-acre Give Kids The World Village®, conveniently located near popular Orlando attractions. Mileage for children and their families is generously donated by the American Airlines Miles for Kids In Need® program. To date, more than 400 children have participated in this annual event.
Bon voyage festivities will take place in 33 airports throughout the American Airlines and American Eagle network as the children depart their home cities. In addition, connection and arrival celebrations will take place at airports in Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami and New York. These events are made possible by employee volunteers from American Airlines, American Eagle and American Airlines Federal Credit Union, include decorations, games and cheering volunteers for passengers as they begin their "mAAgical" vacations.
During their stay at the Give Kids The World Village, families will enjoy accommodations in their own villa and meals onsite at the Gingerbread House Restaurant. The Village, complete with a wheelchair-accessible waterpark, an Ice Cream Palace, a movie theater, golf course and boundless playground, is specially designed to delight children of all ages.
"I am continually impressed at the incredible amount of time, energy and dedication our people give to this program every year," said Craig Kreeger, American's Senior Vice President – Customer. "Their commitment is what guarantees this program – one that offers an extraordinary experience to families who have endured such hardship – will continue to thrive. We are so proud to be a part of this experience and look forward to continuing this partnership in the years to come."
More than $1.6 million in cash and in-kind donations have been raised to fund mAAgic flight and wish enhancements for children across the globe. This year, mAAgic flight is sponsoring children from eight countries: the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain and Puerto Rico.
To learn more about the Something mAAgic Foundation or to help create magical memories through volunteer opportunities or a financial contribution, please visit www.somethingmaagic.org.
About Something mAAgic Foundation®
The Something mAAgic Foundation® Inc., is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers who are current and former employees of American Airlines, American Eagle and American Airlines Federal Credit Union (AAFCU). We support the missions of Give Kids The World Village® and other children's organizations to create mAAgical memories for children with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, visit www.somethingmaagic.org.
American Airlines Miles for Kids In Need(SM) Program
The American Airlines Miles for Kids In Need(SM) program provides worldwide support for children and their families, as well as for organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with needs for medical, educational, social services issues and/or for those that heighten public awareness of children's issues. Beneficiaries of the program include individuals as well as organizations with needs related to medical, educational and social concerns, and/or causes that heighten public awareness of children's issues. www.aa.com/kids
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle® and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,500 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 150 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.
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