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VingCard Helps “Give Kids The World” 

Leading Electronic Lock Provider Contributes to Florida-based
Foundation For Children with Life-threatening Illnesses 

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DALLAS – Sept. 15, 2008 – VingCard®, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, today announced it will again contribute products and services to Give Kids The World, a charitable foundation dedicated to providing memorable, magical, cost-free experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. VingCard began donating to the foundation nearly 15 years ago, and through its latest contribution the company agreed to supply and install Classic by VingCard electronic locks on 44 guestroom doors at the Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Fla. 

“We are very proud to support this worthwhile cause by providing the resort with electronic door locks from VingCard,” said Marc Freundlich, president and CEO of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality North America. “The Give Kids The World Village is truly a place where children’s dreams are fulfilled, and it’s an honor to play even a small role in making that happen.” 

Give Kids The World was founded by Henri Landwirth in 1986, and in 1989 the organization opened the Give Kids The World Village, a 70-acre, non-profit resort that provides cost-free fantasy vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, including accommodations, donated attraction tickets, meals and more. With the help of its supporters, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 89,000 families from all 50 states and more than 65 countries. 

“At Give Kids The World, it is our mission to never turn away a child whose single wish is to visit the attractions of Central Florida,” said Neal McCord, general manager of Give Kids The World. “We are so grateful for supporters like VingCard because we simply could not fulfill this mission without contributions like theirs.” 

Part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, VingCard is the world leader in developing locking systems for the hospitality industry, offering user-friendly security systems that meet the unique operational needs of hotels and resorts. For more information, visit www.vingcard.com.  

For more information about Give Kids The World, visit www.gktw.org

About ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc. North America

The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 35,000 properties worldwide, securing more than 6 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. The North American division of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality brings three security brands to hotels throughout the United States and Canada, including VingCard  (www.vingcard.com) electronic locking system solutions, Elsafe (www.elsafe.com) UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series, and TimeLox (www.timelox.com) security solutions for gaming properties and other large resorts. 

About Give Kids The World

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit 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 week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations, and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 89,000 families from all 50 states and more than 65 countries. To learn more, visit www.gktw.org


 
Contact:

Karin Melrose for TimeLox
Tel: +1 (713) 831-6813
kmelrose@mbapr.com

Morgan Field for TimeLox
Tel: +1 (214) 521-8596
mfield@mbapr.com

Riise Walker
Marketing Supervisor
VingCard, Elsafe, TimeLox 
Tel: +1 (972) 692-3167
rwalker@vcegroup.com
 

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