In the Shadow of the Mouse

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Enjoy mac and cheese and help Give Kids the World on Aug. 23

Trying to decide what to do on Saturday, August 23? What would you think if I told you that you could enjoy mac and cheese (admit it, you loved it as a kid and still enjoy it) and help Give Kids the World Village at the same time? Yes, you can help sick children and their families and enjoy ooey gooey goodness too. Really, there’s no downside.

The O-Town MacDown takes place on Saturday, August 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center (West Concourse). It’s very easy to get to via 528 and tickets are available at the door. For $15 for adults and $10 for kids you get to witness the ultimate Mac and Cheese Showdown (see video below):

You also enjoy comedy, magic and music, as well as presentations by celebrity chefs, character appearances courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando, a kids’ fun zone, Mad Scientist interactive show, and more. Basically, it’s a perfect way to spend a family Saturday together. You can also peruse a variety of vendor booths. Go to the official website for more details.

Maybe you’re thinking, “That all sounds good, but what is Give Kids the World?” I’m glad you asked! It’s one of my favorite charities, and the video below should give you some idea about how gravely ill children and their families get to enjoy dream vacations that take their minds off their problems for a little while:

It’s truly a magical place, and all it takes to help is to hit up the O-Town MacDown tomorrow and let your kids and your own inner child run wild.

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