Walt Disney World Shows Support to Local Students in the Central Florida Community

Just recently, Disney shared the magic and wonder of Walt Disney World Resort with the Central Florida community, bringing special pixie dust moments to local students, schools, and nonprofit organizations.

Mickey Mouse joined jazz band students from Osceola County School for the Arts to share the exciting news that Disney would be helping these students meet their fundraising goal as they prepare to attend Essentially Ellington in New York City – a prestigious program that aims to elevate musicianship, broaden perspectives and inspire performance. The band is one of only 15 finalists competing for top honors at the 27th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival in May, and we can’t wait to follow their journey to “The Big Apple.”

“As someone with a deep passion for the arts, it makes me proud to see we’re furthering our support of these programs and are committed to our future storytellers and their interests,” Walt Disney World Ambassador Ali Manion said.

Disney also joined their friends at Shepherd’s Hope – an organization providing specialty care for the uninsured and underinsured – for a special ribbon cutting ceremony outside their new HEAL Kitchen which we helped support. This new kitchen will play a vital role in hunger relief initiatives, further supporting families in need throughout the community.

Walt Disney World chefs are always cooking up new ways of supporting local students, playing an active role in inspiring the next generation of culinary professionals. Recently, students from Wekiva High School’s culinary program – a program that our chefs work closely with – were selected to participate in the NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge in Texas, marking the first time a Florida team was invited to compete. In addition to some mentoring magic, Disney also helped fill the gap in fundraising efforts, continuing to help these students shoot for the stars.

These surprise & delight moments will continue into the future as Disney committed to supporting communities near and far through monetary support and hands-on helping through the Disney VoluntEARS Program and the 50 for 50 Disney VoluntEARS Challenge.
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