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Disney donates $4.5 Million to Benefit Community Groups

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Monday was a big day in Central Florida when representatives of 102 local community focused groups took center stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Walt Disney World awarded more than $4.5 million in Disney Grants. These gifts will enable the organizations to play an even stronger supporting role for more than 250,000 Central Florida children and their families.

Through the support provided by Disney’s signature giving program, the grants will help local organizations build children’s character, encourage creativity and promote economic development throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties. This year’s grant recipients offer an array of programs, including learning and reading camps, arts enrichment and furniture and clothes for families in need.

“Disney Grant recipients work tirelessly to build a better future for Central Florida and share Disney’s values of investing in children and families,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World. “For more than 43 years, we’ve joined with other local organizations to strengthen our community because we believe we’re better together.”
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In 2014 Walt Disney World donated more to Central Florida Community than ever before

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With nearly 75,000 Cast Members who call Central Florida home, the Walt Disney World Resort has a significant stake in the success of Central Florida as a community. As such they’re committed to making a difference in the community. In 2014, that commitment added up to a record $37.9 million in Disney’s cash and in-kind donations aimed at strengthening local children and families.

“Here at Walt Disney World Resort, our Cast Members are honored to give back to the community in a variety of ways – from supporting our schools to grants for local nonprofits to the countless hours our VoluntEARS devote to the causes close to their hearts,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort.

The list of support Disney provides is long. Below are just a few examples:
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How your ‘wishes’ become dreams come true for children

Ever wonder where the coins you toss into Disney World’s many fountains and wishing wells end up? They become donations to Central Florida nonprofit organizations that help children in need. A few of the fountains are dedicated to a specific organization, Give Kids The World,… Read More »How your ‘wishes’ become dreams come true for children

Disney VoluntEARS make Can Sculptures for a Good Cause

The annual CANstruction Orlando event once again brought out the best in Disney’s design team and all for a good cause. These fantastic and large sculptures use nothing but cans of food and ingenuity to make some amazing art. And, when the display comes down,… Read More »Disney VoluntEARS make Can Sculptures for a Good Cause