Photo: Betty White ‘Buddies’ Up for Charity

Betty White appears with Buddy Rosebud. Courtesy of DisneyTwo Golden Girls, Betty White a.k.a. Rose Nylund, and Rosebud from Santa Buddies support Morris Animal Foundation at the Eukanuba AKC Long Beach Dog Show on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Ms. White accepted a check on behalf of the Morris Animal Foundation, a canine cancer research organization, and a cause close to her heart. The donation from Eukanuba will help fund the research goal to cure canine cancer in the next 20 years!

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Walt Disney World Costuming Sets New Record in Bears and Stockings Donations

Costuming Cast Members at Walt Disney World Resort collected and dressed an all-time-high number of teddy bears this holiday season, donating 414 of the one-of-a-kind stuffed toys to the Salvation Army of Central Florida. Photo courtesy of DisneyLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 7, 2009 – Costuming Cast Members at Walt Disney World Resort collected and dressed an all-time-high number of teddy bears this holiday season, donating 414 of the one-of-a-kind stuffed toys to the Salvation Army of Central Florida. The organization gives the bears to local children who are in need of Christmas gifts.

“I know it’s for the kids, and they are happy when they get them,” says Maryla Zielinska, a garment cutter coordinator in the Creative Costuming Workroom. “It’s Christmas – time to give something to other people.”

Maryla makes several costumes every year, and she makes lots of extra shoes, bows and hats for her co-workers’ bears. “It’s fun for me,” she says. “I remember my childhood, when I made things for my dolls.”

This annual program is an opportunity for the dedicated Costuming Cast to demonstrate their skills, creativity and compassion as they make one-of-a-kind outfits for bears that warm hearts across Central Florida.

Costumer Janice Jones started the program in Costuming in 1996, when she heard about the call for community members to dress the teddy bears. She thought it sounded like a great fit for the Costuming team, a highly skilled group of seamstresses, tailors, costume assistants, cosmetologists and many others throughout the division.

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Club Penguin’s ‘Coins for Change’ Program Allows Players to Make a Difference

KELOWNA, British Columbia — Children who visit the snow-covered virtual world of Club Penguin can put the time they spend online to better use than ever this holiday season thanks to a unique giving program that launches this week.

The third annual Coins for Change campaign, which runs from December 11-21, 2009, allows the children who visit Club Penguin to donate the virtual coins they earn playing games in the virtual world to support a cause that matters to them.

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Walt Disney World Cast Members Donate Record Number of School Supplies to Central Florida Students

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Cast Members donate record number of school supplies to area studentsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 21, 2009 – As summer break draws to a close, Walt Disney World Cast Members are lending a helping hand to deserving Central Florida students and teachers by giving them the right supplies to confidently start the upcoming school year. Stocking up on boxes of crayons, rulers, pencils, folders and packs of notebook paper, Disney Cast Members hit an all-time high by donating a record 654,012 school supplies through the annual back-to-school supply drive at Walt Disney World Resort.

“School supplies may seem so simple but they are so very important,” says Eugene Campbell, vice president of Community Relations and Minority Business Development for Walt Disney World Resort. “I’m so proud that our kind and generous Cast Members recognize the need to give students all the tools necessary to achieve their very best during the school year. They’ve set a record for Disney’s contributions of school supplies to our community’s young students which is absolutely inspiring.”

This week, more than 200 Disney VoluntEARS sorted the supplies and distributed them to local students and teachers through partnerships with non-profits S.T.A.R.S. (Supplies to Assist Our Students) and A Gift For Teaching. S.T.A.R.S. received a total of 392,138 in Disney-donated supplies which filled nearly 6,000 backpacks given to students at 19 Orange County public elementary schools. A total of 261,874 Disney-donated back-to-school items were given to teachers through the Free Store at A Gift For Teaching’s Orlando facility.

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The Walt Disney Company Donates $100,000 to Red Cross Catastrophic Disaster Planning

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17  — The Walt Disney Company has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles in support of the organization’s Catastrophic Disaster Plan, a disaster preparedness project to feed and shelter 250,000 people following a major disaster, such as a large scale earthquake.

The Walt Disney Company’s donation aided the Red Cross in qualifying for a $1 million challenge grant. To date, the total committed donations to the Plan are nearly $5 million dollars.

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WDW Cast Members’ Encore! Raises Record $35,000 for United Arts

The Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra, a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 Disney Cast Members, recently raised a record $35,000 for United Arts of Central Florida.ORLANDO, Fla., July 29, 2009 – Making music for charity’s sake, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra, a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 Disney Cast Members, struck a high note by raising a record $35,000 for United Arts of Central Florida.

“On behalf of Encore!, we are grateful to everyone who came out to support our concerts and help us raise a record level of funds for United Arts,” said Encore! producer and co-founder Ray Fournier. “We are thrilled to be giving them a $35,000 donation and know it will go to good use in support of many arts organizations in Central Florida who are struggling in these economic times.”

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Mickey Ears Designed by British Celebs to be Auctioned May 5

Some of the Mickey Ears Designed by British Celebrities to be Auctioned Off. Photo via Catwalk Queen.

Some of the Mickey Ears Designed by British Celebrities to be Auctioned Off. Photo via Catwalk Queen.

In honor of Mickey’s Magical Party, Disneyland Paris has recruited several British celebrities and fashion icons to design ‘My Mickey Ears’ to be auctioned off May 5 for the benefit of the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Designers include Geri Halliwell, Estelle, Daisy Lowe, John Terry, Amir Khan, Luella Bartley, Giles Deacon, Phil Collins, Samantha Janus, Sinitta and Thierry Henry.

For more details on the auction, see here.

Below is a photo of Phil Collins with his ears, courtesy of Sky News.

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