Disney Gives $1 Million, Opens Free Lodging After Orlando Shooting
The Walt Disney Co. committed $1 million towards the OneOrlando Fund, created by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to help the people affected by Sunday’s deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub that left 50 people dead and dozens injured.Advertisement
Dyer announced the money will be received by non-profit organizations helping the victims of the tragic incident and their families.
“The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come,” Dyer said.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement, “We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act. With 74,000 cast members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.”
The OneOrlando Fund will be offering services to those affected by the tragedy. In addition to the fund, Walt Disney also collaborated with other organizations and entities to provide support to the victims and their families.
The company has coordinated with OneBlood, a step wherein cast members and employees can donate blood at five designated locations across the Walt Disney World Resort property, according to the Disney Parks Blog.
In addition to a $1 million pledge, a $500,000 contribution has been received from Darden Restaurants; $400,000 has been received from the DeVos family, owners of the Orlando Magic; $100,000 from the Magic, Orlando City Soccer Club and air carrier JetBlue respectively; and $50,000 from Mears Transportation.
A GoFundMe page has also been created by Equality Florida, which supports LGBT civil rights. As of Tuesday, almost $3.7 million was raised by contributions of as many as 82,000 people have.
As reported by Orlando Sentinel, the OneOrlando Fund will be funneled through Strength Orlando Inc., a non profit established in 2009 that makes donations tax deductible. There are other groups and organizations helping victims and their families with expenses pertaining to, among other things, medical bills and funeral costs.