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Disney Dream Benefit Cruise Raises $750,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

posted on January 21st, 2011 by Christi Erwin Donnan, Manager of Public Affairs, Disney Cruise Line


Days after christening the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line is helping dreams come true for thousands of children in Central Florida.

President Karl Holz presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida with a check for $750,000

During a special sail-away ceremony held today, Disney Cruise Line leaders led by President Karl Holz presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida with a check for $750,000 to kick off a two-night “Benefit Preview Cruise” aboard the newest ship in our fleet.

Abram Family

As part of this sailing, 45 children from local clubs had the opportunity to experience this special two-night cruise with their parents and chaperones, along with all the unique new experiences aboard the Disney Dream, such as the AquaDuck water coaster.

Disney Cruise Line’s donation represents the continuation of a relationship between Disney and Boys & Girls Clubs that began more than 50 years ago when Walt Disney was made an honorary member of the national board of directors. In 2008, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida opened the Walt Disney World Clubhouse Branch in Orlando.

Several Disney Channel stars representing Disney Friends for Change, are also sailing on the weekend cruise.

During a visit on Saturday to Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, Boys & Girls Clubs members will join cast members Brandon Mychal Smith, Doug Brochu and Allisyn Ashley Arm to paint a giant mural that will be donated to a club location.

We’ll have a special report from the island next week so check back on the Disney Parks Blog for all the details.

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Tricia from CA on January 22nd, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I really like how Disney cares about the kids!

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Gary from PA on January 22nd, 2011 at 12:55 pm

That’s terrific!!! If you ever want to raise money for the First Tee, let me know.

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Marri on January 22nd, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Corporate America needs to invest in our children! Thank You Disney for taking the lead on this!!!

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Carole from FL on January 23rd, 2011 at 10:19 am

THIS IS AGAIN, DISNEY DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST. WAS THRILLED TO HEAR THIS AND THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL NEVER…..REPEAT……….NEVER FORGET THIS SPECIAL MEMORY!
WHENH YOU WISH UPON A STAR………EVEN YOUR HORN SIGNALS WISHES DO COME TRUE.
YOUR THE BEST D.C.L.
SINCERELY,
GRANDMA CAROLE

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Jeffrey on January 23rd, 2011 at 12:38 pm

We just got back from the benefit preview cruise. What a great cause and the ship…WOW….Our kids made friends with several of the kids from the boys and girls clubs and they ran aound the pools and kids area playing all weekend….This was the best cruise we have ever been on…Thanks to Disney for inviting us on this cruise for a great cause…750 more kids are able to enjoy the Boys and girls clubs now..

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