Disney VoluntEARS recently became hunger heroes after entering CANstruction Orlando, an event focused on a good cause feeding the hungry. They spent many hours designing and then stacking layers of 7,500 cans of mixed vegetables, tomato sauce, fruits and other food items to form a… Read More »Disney Cast Members become hunger heroes at latest CANstruction event.
Last week, 140 VoluntEARS helped transform an empty lot in Santa Clarita, California, into a kid-designed playspace in less than eight hours. As part of Disney’s expanding presence in Santa Clarita California, VoluntEARS from the Golden Oak Ranch, Heroes Work Here veterans, and Disney CEO… Read More »Disney VoluntEARS Build New Playspace for Veterans’ Families
If you’re a long time fan of Disney’s Contemporary Resort you probably have been wondering what happened to all that fascinating modern art the original design team installed throughout the hotel and grounds? Well, wonder no longer. Walt Disney World Resort recently donated 52 pieces… Read More »Art from Disney’s Contemporary Art Donated to Local Nonprofit
As fans of Walt Disney’s theme parks, we know the joy it brings to families of all shapes and sizes. That’s why many Disney fans support Give Kids The World, a top-rated non-profit whose sole mission is to grant magical Central Florida theme park vacations… Read More »O-Town MacDown this Saturday, fantastic food for a great cause
The public hasn’t seen one inch of footage from the new Star Wars film, but already I’m impressed with JJ Abrams’ vision. If he’s able to be such a good steward of the Star Wars brand via projects like Star Wars: Force for Change, then I feel a lot better about trusting him with the entire legacy of the series.
Turns out Star Wars: Force for Change has already raised $4,261,410 USD for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Disney has also committed an additional US $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. Fan contributions were received via fundraising platform Omaze from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was raised to support the equivalent of 7-8 new UNICEF Innovation Labs.
Here’s the video of the contest winner getting the news:
The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver Colorado, who shared during a donor video chat that the first time he saw Star Wars when it opened in theaters in 1977, when he was only five. “I loved it! … I just couldn’t get it out of my head of 35 years.” D.C. was then asked to share his favorite Star Wars moment. As he began to reply, he was suddenly surprised in his Denver office by members of Star Wars: Force for Change team. Once settled, D.C. exclaimed, “This! This is my new favorite Star Wars moment!”
D.C. will enjoy a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set, and will be fitted with a costume and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Each year Disney’s community of volunteer cast members head back to the communities where they live and play and help charities and nonprofits that are near and dear to their hearts. These “VoluntEARS” spend countless hours on community initiatives such as mentoring students, organizing donations… Read More »Disney VoluntEARS work leads to real dollars for local charities
I’ve watched the first two seasons on ABC’s cooking competition show The Taste. It is a unique concept that they definitely improved upon in the second season. Auditions for season 3 are now underway. You don’t have to be a professional chef, you just have… Read More »Your Pro or Home Cooking Skills Are Wanted
For all the craziness that goes on in the parks sometimes, it’s important to remember that Walt Disney World is part of the Central Florida community. As such it has made great contributions to many non-profits in the area, but the one that moves me the most was the amazing job the company did at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. They’re not stopping with the Walt Disney wing either, The Walt Disney Company just presented a $3 million gift to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to help fulfill a critical need in the treatment of young patients at the hospital’s Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center.
The gift will enable the purchase and installation of a new 3T MRI machine that will serve as a critical first step in the treatment of children in need of emergency and trauma care in addition to supporting other key pediatric programs at Arnold Palmer Hospital.
“Our friends at The Walt Disney Company have been great partners to Arnold Palmer Hospital since the day we opened our doors almost 25 years ago,” said John Bozard, president of the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation. “We’re delighted that our partnership continues to this day as we look for new and innovative ways to extend our patient-centered philosophy and heighten the care we provide for children.”Read More »Disney Contributes $3 Million to Child Emergency Care at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando