The Boys & Girls Club of Venice is one of 43 clubs in Los Angeles and Orange counties to receive a $5,000 donation from the Walt Disney Company to help support programs, along with a donation of 50 tickets to the Disneyland Resort.

The Disney Company donated $235,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles and Orange counties.

In addition, Disney plans to continue to support the clubs through the company’s VoluntEAR efforts as Disney VoluntEARS remain on hand to help facilitate year-round club projects and events, says a Disney spokesman.

“As a corporate leader in Southern California, Disney is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and families all across the region,” said Joan McCarthy, Los Angeles community relations director for The Walt Disney Company. “We know that through our relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs, and with the help of our Disney VoluntEARS, we impactÝthousands of children on a daily basisÝto helpÝkeep them safe, happy and on a positive path in life.”

Boys & Girls Club of Venice executive director Erikk Aldridge added, “Disney continues to be a corporate leader in helping those in need.

“More importantly, they have made an extended commitment to making our community better for the 4,000 children and families we serve.”

Since 2005, Disney has committed more than $7 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, including a $1 million contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim, the single largest gift the organization has received in its 16-year history.

Other donations include a total of $250,000 to 44 Boys & Girls Clubs in Los Angeles and Orange Counties and a $1 million gift towards the rebuilding of 16 Boys & Girls Clubs in the Gulf region that were damaged or destroyed by hurricanes.

Disney’s history with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America spans more than 50 years, beginning when Walt Disney was an honorary member of the organization’s board of directors.

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