June 15, 2016


Disney to Donate $1 Million to Victims of Orlando Shooting

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Disney is donating $1 million to aid the victims of the tragic Orlando shooting, reports Variety

The company will contribute the money to the OneOrlando Fund set up by Mayor Buddy Dyer, and pledges to match additional donations made by Disney employees, dollar for dollar. As the entertainment behemoth has a strong presence in Florida—the Disney World theme park is in Orlando—the company has set up five blood donation centers around its resorts to aid the recovery of victims. 

Speaking on the initiative, 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 shooting at Pulse, an Orlando LGBT nightclub, left 49 dead and over 50 others injured. Investigations on Tuesday revealed that the shooter, Omar Mateen, attended the club and may have been a regular, according to witnesses. He is said to have messaged multiple Pulse patrons on gay dating apps prior to the shooting. The FBI is set to open an investigation into whether Mateen's sexuality played a role in the shooting, reports The Guardian