A short video from Walt Disney World highlights their important efforts at keeping a diverse supplier pipeline. Eugene Campbell, Vice President Domestic Minority Business Development, helps explain why Disney places such a high value on having a diverse group of suppliers. The video also has… Read More »Walt Disney Parks Displays Importance of Supplier Diversity
The Disney Channel and its stars are uniting with the goal of inspiring millions of kids and families to make a difference in their community. Disney Channel Stars Debby Ryan (“Jessie”), Bella Thorne and Zendaya (“Shake It Up”), and Ross Lynch and Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”) will serve as the inaugural ambassadors for the Friends for Change initiative.
In collaboration with select non-profit organizations, Disney Friends for Change Ambassadors will lead campaigns to engage millions of kids to take action and volunteer. Each nonprofit will receive a Disney Friends for Change grant to further the reach and impact of the themed campaign. In total, $750,000 will be awarded to the following three efforts:
One of the many fun jobs Walt Disney World’s ambassadors enjoy is to take Mickey Mouse out to reward achievers in the community. This last week, Mickey Mouse visited local schools this week to recognize 18 students in the five-county area as Disney Dreamers & Doers Shining Stars.
Disney Dreamers & Doers recognizes students throughout Central Florida who serve as role models at school, at home and in their community. Approximately 400 students were chosen as their school’s 2012 Disney Dreamer & Doer.
In addition to a visit from Mickey Mouse and the prize patrol, Disney Dreamers & Doers ShiningStars receive a Mickey Mouse statue known as a “Mousecar”, Walt Disney World annual theme park passes for themselves and their immediate family, a gold medallion and a special invitation to attend the upcoming Kids and Nature Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort.
From the Dreamers & Doers, a panel of judges selected 18 Shining Stars from elementary, middle and high schools in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties, as well as the Florida Virtual School. These students are considered the best of the best. They consistently demonstrate outstanding character, lead by example and have a caring spirit.
“The Disney Dreamers & Doers program is just one way we demonstrate our commitment to the children of Central Florida,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of Community Relations for Walt Disney World Resort. “We are so proud of all these students, especially the Shining Stars. They offer bright hope for the future as each of them has a special spark. They truly are making a difference in our community and inspiring others to do the same.”
After some political struggles, and a delay after visitor tax revenues declined during the recession, the city of Orlando will finally be getting a world class center for the performing arts. To commemorate the start of construction on the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing… Read More »Disney helps celebrate Groundbreaking of new Performing Arts Center for Orlando
The Walt Disney Company just released the 2010 Corporate Citizenship report. This is the second year Disney has released the publication that details Disney’s progress on environmental and social impacts, and includes the company’s first set of comprehensive citizenship commitments and goals, aligned around three… Read More »Disney Company releases 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report
Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Resort Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland have released their individual 2009 Community Reports that provides a snapshot of eaches corporate responsibility efforts. The report outlines outreach efforts and contributions of the parks and their cast… Read More »Disney Parks Community Reports released
Keeping the charitable spirit alive year-around, Disney works in tandem with more than 100 local non-profit organizations to make dreams come true throughout Central Florida. As the New Year approaches, charities that share Disney’s commitment to building a better future for local families and children… Read More »Disney World wants Child Charities to Shine
As the areas largest employer Walt Disney World should be expected to contribute back to the community. In many ways the company and its employees go beyond the call of duty and 2008 was no exception. From serving meals to the homeless to coaching Little League, Disney VoluntEARS dedicated a record 204,000 hours in 2008 toward improving the lives of Central Floridians.
This month, Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating and recognizing these efforts by donating nearly $950,000 to local non-profit organizations supported by Disney VoluntEARS.
“The dedication of our Disney VoluntEARS is absolutely inspiring and is truly making a difference,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “I’m extremely proud that our Cast Members make Central Florida a better place for everyone. Their contributions are helping our community during a time when it’s needed most.”