Disney VoluntEARS raise nearly $200,000 to benefit kids in Junior Achievement programs

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., – April 1, 2015 – More than 5,300 Disney Cast Members along with their family members and friends took to the lanes last month to help make this year’s Junior Achievement (JA) Bowl-A-Thon a striking success.

Disney fielded 695 teams across seven Central Florida bowling alleys Feb. 27-March 1, raising nearly $200,000. The funds will benefit the nonprofit which provides financial literacy programs for students in grades K-12 in Orange and Osceola county schools.

Collectively, Disney and its Cast Members are the largest corporate contributors to JA’s annual fundraising event. This long-standing support has helped to raise nearly $4 million over 21 years.

“For more than 20 years, Walt Disney World Cast Members, with their family members and friends, have supported Junior Achievement of Central Florida,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of Corporate Citizenship, Walt Disney World Resort. “Whether it’s rolling strikes or gutter balls, everyone has a great time for a great cause.”

Throughout the year, Disney VoluntEARS also can be found facilitating JA programs that teach about managing personal finances, how to start a business, developing critical thinking skills and more to students in grades K-12 in Orange and Osceola county schools.

“As our largest corporate partner, Walt Disney World Resort and its nearly 75,000 Cast Members provide both financial and volunteer support that allows Junior Achievement of Central Florida to provide critical programming for students throughout our region,” said Kathy Panter, president of Junior Achievement of Central Florida. “Each year more than 10,000 students receive classroom instruction in our core areas of entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy to prepare them for their own economic success.”