Walt Disney World Diversity Resource Groups Commemorates One-Year Anniversary of Pulse Nightclub Tragedy
Walt Disney Diversity Resource Groups (DRG) offered Cast Members an opportunity to commemorate and honor the lives of those lost in the Pulse Nightclub tragedy last summer during its “Remembrance of Love and Kindness” event at the Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World (WDW) on June 12, the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting.
At the tribute, more than 400 cast members came together as a community to show their support for one another as they continue to grieve and heal from the terror of that day.
Maribeth Bisienere, senior vice president of Disney Springs and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney Sport Enterprises, kicked off the event by offering some words of compassion and encouraging cast to be there for one another and to continue to inspire hope and healing through acts of love and kindness not only today, but every day.
Other program presenters, including Adam Babington, vice president, external affairs, WDW Ambassador Brandon Peters, Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb and various DRG leaders, shared messages that depicted how—in the face of tragedy—WDW Cast Members, the local community and the world responded with open hearts, open arms and caring support.
A gospel choir also performed at the event. The choir sang inspirational songs, including “When We Rise,” and they closed their set singing “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” while a video of the 49 victims played on the screen behind them. The audience clapped along, swayed and some even danced in honor of the victims.
Following the tragedy last year, some of the mothers of the Pulse victims reached out to several local organizations to help get 49 churches to ring their church bells 49 times as a tribute to each of the 49 loved ones taken that day. In an effort to honor this request, several DRG Cast Members chimed a bell after reading each of the 49 victims’ names, which was then followed by a moment of silence.
In addition to the program, guests were invited to visit an expo-style area with representatives from various engagement and diversity groups, including DRG and the Employee Assistance Program. They could also visit the Corporate Citizenship table to create their very own Pride ribbons and “Thinking of You” cards for survivors, victims’ families and first responders.
As the remembrance came to an end, Nancy Gidusko, director of Corporate Citizenship, shared some touching words, while also talking about the Summer of Kindness campaign. This campaign, along with 49 Acts of Kindness organized by the One Orlando Alliance Organization, empowers the community to participate in acts of love and kindness not only on the anniversary of the Pulse tragedy, but every day in hopes of demonstrating the power of love, acceptance and inclusiveness in action.
2017 Annual Scholarship
Congratulations to our 2017 Partners Annual Scholarship applicants!
This year we received some great submissions for our 2017 Partners Annual Scholarship. Our committee will be reviewing them within the next few weeks. All applicants will be notified of their status by email no later than early July.
If you have any questions, please contact us at Scholarship@PartnersFCU.org.
Home Ownership Expo
On Wednesday, May 17th Partners Federal Credit Union held its inaugural Home Ownership Expo at Team Disney in Orlando. The Expo allowed members the unique opportunity to interact with local real estate experts from Realtors, Appraisers, Home Inspectors, and Title Companies all in one convenient location to learn more about the many stages involved throughout the home buying process. By creating an educational event, it took the pressure off of buying a home or committing to services and let our guests focus on learning about purchasing a home along with all the related questions they had.
"Attending this expo gave us answers to questions that we thought we already knew the answers to"
Jason and Maryn Mewborn
The next Home Ownership Expo will be held on Wednesday, June 21st at the GC3 Campus. Home-buying experts and representatives will include: Partners Mortgage Advisors, Home Inspectors, Appraisers, Title Companies, Realtors, Warranty and Home Insurance.
Disney Parks to Commit up to $1 Million
To celebrate the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and the Disney Conservation Fund recently announced Connect to Protect, a new in-park interactive mobile adventure for guests and a commitment of up to $1 million to protect and restore habitats critical to 10 at-risk animals. And we need your help!
Congratulations to the Partners CROW Teams!
Congratulations to our Partners Men's Rec team for finishing 3rd in their division and our Co-Ed Rec team for finishing 4th overall in their division in Disney's long-standing Canoe Races of the World (C.R.O.W.) competition held recently at the Magic Kingdom!