Disney awards $60,000 for Coalition Children’s Services Program

051109_0116MAFor the second year in a row, the Coalition has been awarded Walt Disney World Resort’s top Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants honor – the Bob Allen Outstanding Community Service Award.  The $60,000 award was given to us by a surprise “prize patrol” that arrived on the Coalition’s main campus early last week (check out all the photos on Flickr).  Led by Mickey Mouse, the balloon-carrying entourage included Walt Disney World Resort president Meg Crofton, Allen family members and other Disney dignitaries.

The $60,000 grant award will help fund our Children’s Services Program, which plants “seeds of success” in homeless children to help them break free from poverty by empowering them to become self-sufficient adults. Services like pre-school education, tutoring, mental health therapy, victims of crime support, and enrichment programs help children develop assets such as integrity, personal power, self-esteem, sense of purpose, positive decision-making, and achievement motivation.  Last year, over 800 children were served through this program.

Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants celebrates those who commit their time and talent to making a difference in the lives of Central Florida’s children. One of its top awards, which we were privileged to receive – the Bob Allen Outstanding Community Service Award – honors the late Bob Allen, who started his career at Disneyland in 1955 and ended his tenure with a decade-long period as vice president of Walt Disney World Resort. After his death in 1987, Allen’s family formed an endowment fund that assists local social service, environmental and humanitarian organizations.

During the next two weeks, Disney will disperse prize patrols across Central Florida to surprise, reward and recognize a total of 34 Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants recipients. These recipients were chosen by a panel of judges made up of Central Florida community leaders and Walt Disney World Cast Members. 

Want to keep up with the Disney prize patrols? Patrol reports and pictures will be posted on www.shineontoday.com.