The family of Dawn Brancheau, the Killer Whale trainer tragically killed at SeaWorld Orlando earlier this year, has started a foundation in her memory. The Dawn Brancheau Foundation, as you might expect, supports the things that Brancheau was involved in in her life, organizations like… Read More »Dawn Brancheau Foundation
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Former participants and winners from Survivor, Amazing Race, and Big Brother assemble at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove
A large group of past winners, heroes and villains of Survivor got together at Discovery Cove in Orlando for a day of outwitting, outplaying, outlasting and out-and-out relaxing. Discovery Cove focuses on providing the type of memories you can only get by up close and personal visits with marine life and other animals.
Survivor Winner Natalie enjoys SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove
Swimming with dolphins and rays and hand feeding exotic birds were Survivor’s first winner, Richard Hatch; the game’s only two-time winner, Sandra Diaz-Twine; villains Russell Hantz and Courtney Yates; and players Yau-Man Chan and Terry Deitz.
Popular Survivor player Yau-man at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove
Also at the park were players and winners from The Amazing Race and Big Brother, including Amazing Race winner, Jordan Pious.
The winners and players were in Orlando to benefit Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to Central Florida’s best-loved attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.
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For the last two weeks, the Walt Disney World resort sent prize patrols across Central Florida to give more than $1.2 million in Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants to 57 charities and recognize 15 outstanding students in the five-county area as Disney Dreamers & Doers Shining Stars for their civic-minded efforts. This really demonstrates Disney’s commitment to building better futures for local children.
“Walt Disney World Resort is always looking to invest in community partners that help children thrive,” says Eugene Campbell, vice president of Community Relations and Minority Business Development for Walt Disney World Resort. “It has been such an honor and incredibly rewarding to make dreams come true for some very deserving non-profits that are improving Central Florida by inspiring our youth.”
Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants financially support non-profits that demonstrate the strongest alignment with Disney’s goal of improving children’s lives by focusing on one or more of following areas: connecting with adults, character development, constructive use of free time and compassion. Details on all 57 Disney Helping Kids Shine recipients, along with prize patrol reports and pictures are available at www.shineontoday.com.
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The fun never stops when you’re a Disney Cast Member, especially when you’re raising money for a good cause. This last weekend, nearly 6,000 Walt Disney World VoluntEARS teamed up to extend their reach into local classrooms via the Disney Bowl-A-Thon. Event organizers anticipate the… Read More »Disney VoluntEARS raise $250,000 for Junior Achievement at Bowl-a-thon
if there is one thing you can say about Disney Parks, it’s that they have the best Cast Members. Take for instance, the Flashback tradition at Disneyland. On February 16 and 17, after California Adventure closed for the day, nearly 300 Cast Members representing the… Read More »Disneyland Cast Flashback for Charity
Yesterday Disney revealed a giant World Record Setting canned food sculpture – titled “Celebrate Volunteers” – and then promptly dismantled it and shipped it off to regional food banks. Disney VoluntEARS shaped the sculpture with a larger-than-life Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto –… Read More »Timelapse Video of Canned Food Sculpture Build