Disneyland Resort Press Release
On Its Birthday, Disneyland(R) Resort Gives $1 Million Present to Children's Hospital of Orange County
Major Monetary Gift Helps Brighten the Lives of Children in Need and Showcases More Than 50 Years of Disney Giving in Orange County
ANAHEIM, Calif., July 17 -- In celebration of the 51st birthday of Disneyland, a $1 million gift was unwrapped and presented today to Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), launching the next half-century of Disney community giving.
The presentation took place today in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland during a ceremony attended by mayors invited from all 34 cities in Orange County. Accompanied by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Matt Ouimet, president of the Disneyland Resort presented the million-dollar contribution on behalf of The Walt Disney Company to Kim Cripe, president and CEO of CHOC.
"We are thrilled to provide this gift of hope to CHOC as a lasting legacy to help sick children get better," said Ouimet. "For decades, CHOC and the Disneyland Resort have partnered together and this $1 million contribution demonstrates our continued commitment." "CHOC is enormously grateful for this extremely generous gift," said Cripe. "The Disneyland Resort continues to help make a difference in Orange County by providing this important expression of hope and healing which will help thousands of children and their families in the years ahead."
Through its worldwide outreach program, Disney is committed to brightening the lives of children in hospitals around the globe. From characters visiting patients to playrooms being renovated by VoluntEARS, Disney brings smiles to the faces of hospitalized children. And there is no better example of the benefit of this commitment than the collaborative efforts between the Disneyland Resort and CHOC.
Over the past 15 years, the Disneyland Resort has hosted the annual CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park which has become CHOC's largest and most successful event with more than $7 million raised. The 2006 walk is scheduled for Sunday, October 8.
In 2005, more than 200,000 children came through CHOC's doors for inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits -- regardless of their family's ability to pay. To meet the future healthcare needs of children in our region, CHOC has embarked on an ambitious master campus plan.
Disney's $1 million gift will help fund the initial phase plans which include the renovation of the outpatient clinics visited by over 135,000 patients a year.
The Disneyland Resort has a long legacy of giving back to the community. The Resort's community commitment began with Walt Disney when he opened Disneyland in 1955 and has continued through the decades. In 2005, the Resort and its Cast Members contributed over $10 million in cash, in-kind donations and volunteer service to hundreds of non-profit organizations, touching the lives of thousands of Southern Californians.
In April 2005, as part of its launch of the 50th anniversary celebration of Disneyland, the Resort presented a $1 million contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim, the largest single donation the organization had received in its 16-year history.
"As we kick off the next 50 years of Disneyland, we wanted to start with a major gift to show our commitment to Orange County and to say thanks for helping support us over the past five decades," said Ouimet.
About Disneyland Resort
Located on approximately 500 acres in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort includes the Disneyland(R) and Disney's California Adventure(R) theme parks, three hotels with a total of 2,224 rooms and the 310,000 square foot Downtown Disney(R) retail, restaurant and entertainment district. With 20,000 employees, the Disneyland Resort is Orange County's largest employer and a $3.6 billion annual contributor to the local economy. In January 2004, the Resort welcomed its 500 millionth Guest since opening on July 17, 1955. On May 5, 2005, Disney theme parks launched an 18-month celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. This global event is the largest in Disney theme park history.
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Making a mark in pediatric healthcare for more than 40 years and named by Child Magazine as one of the Top 25 children's hospitals in the country, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is exclusively committed to the health and well being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy and outreach. CHOC's growing healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several community clinics, a residency program that trains tomorrow's pediatricians, three centers of excellence - Heart, Cancer and Neuroscience, and a Research Institute that brings advanced treatment to our patients. CHOC was recently awarded with the "Excellence in Patient Safety & Health Care Quality Award" from Aetna, Blue Shield of California, CIGNA HealthCare of California, and United Healthcare. For more information about CHOC, visit http://www.choc.org or call 714-997-3000.
About Disney's Outreach
Disney brightens the lives of children in need around the world through global outreach programs, local community initiatives and the Disney VoluntEARS program. Last year, Disney donated more than $190 million in cash and in-kind support to worthy charities around the world. Disney VoluntEARS contributed more than 442,000 hours of service and the company drew upon its unique magic to make wishes come true for children and families. For more information on Disney's outreach efforts, please visit http://www.disneyhand.com.