LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Feb. 27, 2017 – On Saturday Feb. 11, Walt Disney World Resort served as the proud host and title sponsor of an event at Disney’s Contemporary Resort where 23 exceptional local high school students were honored with a Youth Humanitarian Award from the City of Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Commission for exemplifying the ideals set by Dr. King.
Outstanding students from Orange County public high schools were selected by their schools to receive the award. 2017 marked the 18th annual awards which began in 2000 under former Mayor Glenda E. Hood. Since its inception, the Commission’s goal has been to bring recognition to local youth who serve as leaders in their communities.
“The Youth Humanitarian Awards are Mayor Dyer’s way of supporting students that embody the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including peace, justice, respect and inclusion. These are kids with great character who are role models in their community,” said Marcia Hope Goodwin, Director, Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations, and member of the MLK Commission.
Walt Disney World Resort is helping to create a stronger community by investing in the work of local nonprofit organizations and in turn celebrates diversity and supports youth who want to make a difference and have a passion to succeed. In celebration of their achievements, Walt Disney World and Corporate Citizenship provided the students and their families Park Hopper Passes to enjoy quality time together and a day of celebration at Magic Kingdom Park.
“I’m really thankful that I have an opportunity to be a part of this experience. I am proud to represent the youth and give back to our community.” said Chelsey Flores, senior at Winter Park High School about her experience as a Youth Humanitarian.
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Walt Disney World Resort is committed to investing and improving the quality of life for its community with a special interest in providing meaningful interactions between children and families. In 2016, Disney contributed nearly $33.9 million in cash and in-kind donations aimed at strengthening the local community.