Walt Disney World ® Resort
November 15, 2013
COMMUNITY UPDATE
First Lady Keynotes Veterans Institute

First Lady Michelle Obama, Disney Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger and ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff gave keynote addresses at Disney's first Veterans Institute workshop at Walt Disney World Resort. The day-long event, co-sponsored by Disney's Heroes Work Here and Disney Institute, was designed to help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own and inspire them to employ servicemen and women transitioning to the private sector. "When you hire one veteran, you're not just giving a highly qualified employee the chance to help your company succeed. You're giving one more American hero the chance to keep on serving his or her country," said First Lady Michelle Obama.
Supporting the U.S. Armed Forces has long been a Disney tradition, and Disney's Heroes Work Here continues that proud legacy with a companywide initiative to hire, train and support military veterans. "We believe today's veterans deserve our gratitude," said Bob Iger. "They deserve to be embraced and honored and supported by the nation they served ... and when they look to the future, they deserve to find open doors and opportunities." Disney introduced the program in 2012 with a commitment to hire at least 1,000 veterans by 2015. Having exceeded that goal with 1,300 veterans hired during the first year, the company announced in 2013 that it would create opportunities for another 1,000 former service members over the next two years.  

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Local Leaders Discuss Children's Issues
Creating a better future for Central Florida's children was the focus of the first Florida Children's Summit recently hosted by Walt Disney World Resort. During the day-long session, more than 400 community leaders engaged in brainstorming sessions to discuss education, economic well-being, health and safety. The recommendations will be shared with the community during the next few weeks. 
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Cast Members Inspire Others to Give
Walt Disney World Cast Members are once again focused on making the season brighter for 20,000 Central Florida children who will benefit from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign. "We are grateful not only for the donations that came from Disney but also for the volunteers who help us do what we do every year," said Gunnery Sargeant Christopher Hoagland. In addition to donating toys, Cast Members also will volunteer with their families to help sort donations. 
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Disney Chefs Cook to Benefit Local Kids
When you combine the cooking skills of a team of Disney chefs, fold in Florida's best produce and stir up the creativity of a local nonprofit, you get a perfect recipe for a culinary event to help local children. The proceeds from the first Field to Feast Dinner -- a collaborative effort between Edible Orlando and eight all-star chefs from Walt Disney World Resort -- went to Second Harvest Kids Café, which provides free meals and snacks to underserved children attending after-school programs. "Our ability to help kids depends entirely on creative, caring, generous people like those at Edible Orlando and Walt Disney World," said David Krepcho, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
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VoluntEARS Join Global Service Project  
A group of 30 Disney VoluntEARS from throughout The Walt Disney Company recently helped make a difference in the lives of children in Ecuador. As part of a global service project to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disney VoluntEARS, the group helped build a much-needed classroom to improve access to education for students in the region. Two Cast Members from Central Florida -- Ian Craig and Toshia McGoldrick -- participated in the week-long adventure. "I was honored to be part of a project that will have a long-lasting impact outside of our communities and workplaces," said Craig. 
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Innovation Award Goes to Disney World
With sights on innovation, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was recently recognized by industry peers for literally keeping an eye on the ball. The creative concept used for the Monstrous Summer Eye Nouncement won top honors at the 2013 EVENTtech Technology Awards Disney's creative teams transformed Spaceship Earth into Mike Wazowski, the animated star from the Disney-Pixar movie, Monsters University, to kick off the Monstrous Summer at Walt Disney World Resort.  
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Orlando City Soccer Coming to Disney  
The Orlando City Lions will roar into the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex next year when it serves as the soccer team's temporary home during renovations of the Florida Citrus Bowl. "With professional sporting event experience, premier soccer fields and world-class amenities, this facility will enable us to play all of our home games in one location and in a venue where our fans will be closer to our players than ever before," said Phil Rawlins, president of Orlando City Soccer Club. 
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ALSO MAKING HEADLINES...
Disney Donates Half a Million to Aid Victims in the Philippines 


The Walt Disney Company will donate $500,000 to support humanitarian aid and rebuilding efforts in the Philippines. 
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Disney World Reduces Electricity by 10% 



Reducing electricity by 10% since 2009, Walt Disney World Resort saved enough energy to power Space Mountain and more. 
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Disney Recognized for Going 'Green' 



Conserving natural resources, Disney's owned and operated resorts maintained Florida's Green Lodging designation. 
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Walt Disney World President Honored as Distinguished 'Knight'



The University of Central Florida recently recognized George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort, as a distinguished alumni.
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Disney Hosts Hispanic Scholarship Fund Gala



Fourteen of Central Florida's brightest college students received scholarships during a recent ceremony at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. 
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Can-Do
Attitude Helps Food Drive 



Using 3,000 cans of food, Disney VoluntEARS built a sculpture of Mickey Mouse as part of Canstruction Orlando to help fight hunger.
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Disney Welcomes 
Rare Zebra


 
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge welcomed a black and white striped bundle of joy with the recent birth of a
rare Hartmann's mountain zebra.
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Disney Resorts Earn Pinnacle Award



Successful Meetings
magazine presented the Pinnacle Award to two Disney resorts for exceptional service with meetings and events.
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