Hundreds of Disney VoluntEARS laced up their bowling shoes this weekend as they participated in the Junior Achievement of Central Florida’s annual Bowl-A-Thon event. More than $100,000 was FUN-raised to help provide students with work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy educational opportunities. Take a look at the fun had while making a world difference – one roll at a time:
“Bowl-A-Thon is one of our most popular VoluntEARS events here at Walt Disney World Resort,” Tajiana Ancora-Brown, Director of External Affairs, said. “It’s so fun to see our cast team up together to make an impact in the lives of our students… all while dressed in their bowling best.”
Walt Disney World Resort has supported the Junior Achievement of Central Florida in its mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed for more than 15 years through a variety of events. In fact, just weeks before Bowl-A-Thon, our Disney Conservation team partnered with 3DE by Junior Achievement to mentor nearly 150 Osceola County High School students during a five-week case challenge where they pitched ideas to help us engage youth in our surrounding communities in conservation.
“I am so proud of our cast members,” Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President of Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment said. “Through their mentorship, these students have gained an appreciation for nature, conservation and the habitats we need to protect. I look forward to seeing what these young, bright minds will accomplish for our world in the future.”
It’s always awesome to see the passion our cast have for their community, but it was extra special to have their efforts recognized this year by Junior Achievement USA with the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award – an accolade granted to organizations that inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Whether donating their time with Junior Achievement of Central Florida, volunteering at one of the six nonprofits that recently received a $500,000 grant in honor of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, or signing up for one of the dozens of other Disney VoluntEARS events available each month at organizations across Central Florida, our cast are hard at work creating a brighter tomorrow.