SOURCE: Big Apple Worldwide, Inc.

November 06, 2007 08:31 ET

Big Apple Worldwide Subsidiary Named Exclusive International Travel Agency of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and Northern Florida

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - Big Apple Worldwide, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: BPWI) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Big Apple Travel, Inc., has been named the exclusive international travel agency of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and Northern Florida. The title gives Big Apple Travel the responsibility of booking travel arrangements for kids with life-threatening illnesses who have been granted a lifelong wish.

Big Apple Travel kicked off its involvement with a $1,000 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida. It will set up a travel fund on its Web site enabling visitors to donate directly to the Foundation, and will hold fundraising events to support the fund. In turn, Make-A-Wish will recognize Big Apple Travel in all Web site, media and event materials where travel packages or sponsorship funding are donated.

"The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization of which we are proud to be associated. Our travel agents have seen the results that Make-A-Wish can accomplish, and we are eager to play a vital role in their efforts," stated Neal Jablon, President of Big Apple Worldwide, Inc.

"We would like to thank Big Apple Travel for its support of the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Through corporate sponsorships of our events, donations of travel packages and for the travel fund they have set up, their efforts will greatly impact the amount and quality of the wishes we can grant," stated Kathryn Vroman, President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida:

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida ( serves 54 counties with more than 1,000 Make-A-Wish volunteers. It serves children from 2 1/2 to 18 years old with life-threatening medical conditions, and has fulfilled more than 2,700 wishes. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that it never has to decline a qualified wish referral, nor limit the scope of a child's imagination for his/her wish due to the lack of funds.

About Big Apple Worldwide, Inc.:

Big Apple Worldwide, Inc. ( is a holding company focused on serving the hospitality, leisure and retail market. Big Apple Wallcovering, Inc. ( is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Apple Worldwide and has inspired the Architecture and Design community with cutting-edge design and the manufacturing of architectural Wallcovering and fabrics for hospitality, private offices and commercial interiors. Big Apple Wallcovering now enters the retail industry, placing its "No More Books™" Kiosks into Major Retailers across the country. Big Apple Worldwide, Inc. also recently purchased Elabrient Surfaces (, which is a commercial interior design development and manufacturing company specializing in commercial Wallcovering. Big Apple Travel, Inc. (, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Apple Worldwide, Inc., is a full-service travel agency and features a next-generation travel salon in Orlando, Florida.

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