D23 Expo: Disney VoluntEARS Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Projects

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program, Disney Citizenship invites fans and families to give back to their communities as ‘honorary’ VoluntEARS for the day at the D23 Expo. The Ultimate Disney Fan Event takes places August 9 – 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

‘Honorary’ VoluntEARS will work alongside Disney employees and nonprofits, including Feeding America, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Inside the Outdoors, First Book and local Boys & Girls Clubs on one of three service projects:

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Radio Disney TRYathlon National Tour Kicks Off July 20 in New York City

Radio Disney will bring the popular “Disney TRYathlon” from the Disney XD television screen to families across the country this summer with a 10-city TRYathlon Road Tour kicking off Saturday, July 20 in New York City. Part of Disney’s “TRYit” campaign designed to inspire kids and families to try a variety of new foods, fun moves and simple ways to be their best, the TRYathlon Road Tour will be held at local family inclusive events throughout the country and feature competitive challenges designed to encourage physical activity and highlight nutritious foods needed to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

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Disney Cruise Line Recognized by Industry for Conservation Efforts

Seatrade Insider Presents Disney Cruise Line with the 2012 Environmental Initiative AwardIn recognition for making notable contributions to advance the environmental aspects of cruising, Disney Cruise Line was presented with the Environmental Initiative Award at the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards 2012. Disney Cruise Line is dedicated to minimizing its impact on the environment through efforts focused on utilizing new technologies, increasing fuel efficiency, minimizing waste and supporting conservation worldwide.

“Our persistent focus on innovative environmental initiatives starts with developing leading-edge fuel and energy efficiencies on our ships, but it doesn’t stop there,” said Bert Swets, vice president, marine and technical operations at Disney Cruise Line. “Our approach on shore extends to conservation and animal research efforts on our private island, Castaway Cay, inspiring and educating children and families to care about the environment, and engaging the communities in our ports of call.”

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Disney Donates $250K to IFAW for Disaster Relief for Pets

The International Fund for Animal Welfare announced today a $250,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to support IFAW’s efforts to rescue animals from disasters, and to assist IFAW and its partners to prepare their rescue personnel for emergencies.

“Disney has been a committed supporter in IFAW’s mission to make the world better for animals,” said Ian Robinson, IFAW Animal Rescue Director. “We look forward to continuing to work together and going wherever we are needed to help suffering animals.”

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ABC Names Monday ‘Day of Giving’ to Encourage Support for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Following the announcement made today by Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company of a $2 Million donation for Hurricane Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts, the Disney/ABC Television Group today announced that it will designate Monday, November 5, 2012 as a “Day of Giving” across network and syndicated programming spanning News, Daytime, Primetime and Late Night, encouraging the tens of millions of viewers engaged throughout the day to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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The Walt Disney Company Pledges $2 Million+ to Hurricane Sandy Relief

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The Walt Disney Company Commits $2 Million for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Rebuilding Efforts

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced today a $2 million cash commitment to the relief and rebuilding efforts for those severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. One million dollars will be donated to the American Red Cross for immediate, critical assistance, and another $1 million will be designated for organizations working on rebuilding efforts. In addition, Cast Member and employee eligible donations to organizations involved in disaster relief will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.

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Disney, City of Anaheim, Anaheim Family YMCA and KaBOOM! Build Local Playground

Jill Bolton (Disney), Kris Murray (Anaheim City Council), Gail Eastman (Anaheim City Council), Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, Mickey Mouse, Paul Andreson (YMCA), Kenny Altenburg (KaBOOM!)Before the sun set last Saturday, children in Anaheim had a great new place to play. The new playground was fully assembled in less than eight hours with the help of more than 200 City of Anaheim and Anaheim Family YMCA volunteers, Disney VoluntEARS, KaBOOM! organizers, and local community residents.

Today’s playground will provide more than 1,000 children in Anaheim with a safe place to play. Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in March. Local children and community leaders met with organizers from Disney and KaBOOM! to design their dream playground. The children’s drawings were then used to create the final playground design.

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Disney Cruise Line Donates $250K to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

Gary Cain, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise LineDisney Cruise Line presented a $250,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida in honor of the newest and fourth ship in its fleet, the Disney Fantasy. The donation is earmarked for a new Boys & Girls Club location in Cocoa near Port Canaveral, the homeport for the Disney Fantasy. Last year, Disney hosted a benefit cruise on the sister ship of the Disney Fantasy, the Disney Dream, raising $750,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs. Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and Captain Tom Forberg were joined by Gary Cain, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, and several Club families who will have the opportunity to sail on the Disney Fantasy later this month.

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Disney’s ‘Heroes Work Here’ Commits to Hiring Military Veterans (Video)

Disney's 'Heroes Work Here' CampaignToday at the 2012 annual shareholder’s meeting in Kansas City, MO, Disney CEO and President Robert Iger announced a new program designed to support America’s military called ‘Heroes Work Here.’ The ‘Heroes Work Here’ initiative intends to employee and train 1,000 United States military veterans at positions across The Walt Disney Company.

Beginning soon, the company will begin promoting the new campaign in unscripted advertisements that feature veterans employed by the company which Iger hopes will inspire other companies to do the same to support the military and their families. The campaign will air on Disney owned networks such as ABC, ESPN and other media platforms.

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Disneyland Details ‘SIGNin’ in the Street’ Event (Schedule and Opportunities)

On March 17 and March 18, the Disneyland Resort and ABC Family unite to create a street fair to ‘embrace the social, technological and artistic accomplishments of world-renowned Deaf talent and local community organizations.’

Among the talent scheduled to appear are mixed martial artist Matt Hamill, Marlee Matlin and Sean Berdy from ABC Family’s ‘Switched at Birth,’ Sesame Street’s Linda Bove, artist Mary Rappazzo and other deaf entertainers as well as Disney cast members.

Additional details for the event are as follows:

Times:

  • Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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