ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County and the city of Orlando honored Walt Disney World for its efforts in the Central Florida community on Friday.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings declared Dec. 3 as “Walt Disney World” day at Second Harvest Food Bank.
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Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle was on hand to receive the official proclamation, along with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
“For 50 years, Walt Disney World Resort has served as a beacon of hope and happiness in the Central Florida area, bringing the beloved magic found across the resort to children and families in our neighboring communities,” Disney said in a news release.
Disney recently donated $3 million in grants to six Central Florida nonprofits in honor of the 50th anniversary celebration:
- Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, which provides vacations to seriously ill children and their families
- Hope Partnership, which helps homeless families in Osceola County
- ELEVATE Orlando, which helps urban youth get more career opportunities
Disney said following the proclamation at the Second Harvest Food Bank, Walt Disney World VoluntEARS will take part in a community service project, sorting and packing food alongside Walt Disney World leaders and local government officials to help support important causes that are making a difference for children and families in the community.