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Disney to donate $1 million to fund for Orlando victims

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Walt Disney Company is donating $1 million to a fund established by Orlando officials to help those affected by a nightclub shooting.

Disney officials said they would match dollar-for-dollar individual contributions by the company’s employees to the OneOrlando fund, established by Mayor Buddy Dyer following Sunday’s shooting that killed at least 49 people and wounded 53 others.

The OneOrlando fund aims to provide money and necessary services to individuals affected by the shooting.

“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act,” Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement.

The Walt Disney World Resort has been working with other agencies in Central Florida to provide support to those in need.

Disney employees — of which there are 74,000 in the Orlando area alone — have been encouraged to donate blood at five locations on the resort property.

Victims’ friends and family are being offered free hotel rooms as part of a partnership between the City of Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association.

Disney’s role in the recovery goes beyond proximity to the victims. The FBI’s director has said the agency is trying to determine whether the Orlando nightclub shooter had recently scouted Walt Disney World and other locations as potential targets.