Members of Knight-Thon, UCF’s largest student-run philanthropic organization, will be racing down ice slides housed in the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Palms Resort starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The money raised will benefit the greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network.

“This is a collaboration that has never been done before,” said Christina Vicari, executive student director of Knight-Thon. “Hopefully, students will take advantage of this opportunity.”

UCF staff and faculty members and students can join the fun if they purchase $20 tickets. Five dollars from every ticket sold will go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Anyone completing the nine-minute Polar Bear experience at ICE! will become an official member of the Orlando Polar Bear Club. After the adventure, participants can change into more winter-friendly clothing and warm up at the “after-glow” reception with hot cocoa and coffee. Attendees can use their ‘plunge’ tickets to re-enter the ICE! exhibit later in the morning.

ICE! is a holiday attraction featuring more than 18,000 square feet of hand-carved ice sculptures, slides and scenes from the children’s classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Over the past 14 years, Knight-Thon has raised more than $400,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. For more information about Knight-Thon, visit

To purchase event tickets, visit or call 407-586-4423. The Gaylord Palms Resort is located at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee.