Children's Fund Gets BIG Disneyland Donation
Disneyland Resort Delivers Magical Gift
By MARK EADES / STAFF WRITER Originally published in The Press-Enterprise on May 19, 2016
Stacy Iverson of the Children’s Fund in San Bernardino thought it was a site visit, but when several people walked inside the doors, all wearing blue Mickey Mouse ears, she knew something was up.
“I thought we were going to have a little brief meeting to talk about the Children’s Fund,” she said.
The eight people were from the Disneyland Resort were actually there to surprise Iverson, president and CEO of the fund, with a check for $60,000 - a grant from the resort as part of its Million Dollar Dazzle campaign.
“I feel like I’m in an absolute dream,” Iverson said as she was given her own pair of blue Mickey Mouse ears to wear.
The Disneyland Resort team, known as the Million Dollar Dazzle crew, were led by Jessica Bernard, the Disneyland Ambassador. Bernard explained that the fund was picked as a recipient during May, National Foster Care month, for the work that it does in supporting foster youth in San Bernardino County.
“We are giving away more than $1 million dollars as part of this campaign in honor of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary,” Bernard said.
The campaign was announced by Michael Colglazier, president of the resort, on the park’s birthday, July 17, 2015, as a way of giving back to the community.
Colglazier said the program focuses on community nonprofits that support children and families based in Orange County, and surrounding areas. The grants are given in $60,000 increments at least once a month.
Iverson said the donation would be used to support scholarships for the foster youth in the area for college “so they can learn what they want to learn to follow their dream.”
Besides the donation, the fund also received 60 one-day park hopper admission tickets to the parks at the Disneyland Resort that will be distributed to foster children who have never been to Disneyland.
This was the 12th $60,000 grant given out since the program started. The first group to receive an award was the Girl Scouts of Orange County.