Disney Donates $2.5 Million to Disaster Relief

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City News Service

BURBANK — The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it will give $2.5 million to the American Red Cross to support earthquake relief efforts in Japan.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan,” Disney President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger said. “We send our continued thoughts of support and encouragement as this great nation begins the long road to recovery.”

The Burbank-based entertainment conglomerate, which operates a theme park in Tokyo, said it would also match dollar-for-dollar all relief funds raised by Disney employees up to $1 million. The proceeds would go to the Red Cross, the Pacific Tsunami Fund and Save the Children.

Gail McGovern, the head of the American Red Cross, said the donation would help “provide critical assistance and essential relief items in this time of urgent need.”

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