Congrats to Disneyland Resort Risk Management Team for being honored as an outstanding team of volunteers!
Team Name: Disneyland Resort Risk Management Team
Team Members: Rita Burns, Debbie Mills, Vicki Takahama and Carol DeBoer
Nominating Organization: Disneyland Resort
Honoree Category: Corporate
Why Nominated: Every October, thousands of CHOC Children’s supporters and about 800 Cast Members, friends and family raise money by walking through the Disneyland Resort in support of CHOC. The CHOC Walk is the largest fundraiser the Disneyland Resort sponsors annually and these walkers raise about $50,000 for this great cause. But there is one VoluntEAR team that not only walks, but goes over and beyond to raise money for CHOC-the Risk Management Team. This team alone has raised over $97,000 over the 15 Years ($141,000 with the Resort matching funds) by holding a Silent Auction. For the past 15 years this team, at a grass roots level, has been dedicated to raising money for the CHOC Basket Silent Auction to help support the efforts of getting children well. Last year $15,158 was raised from the creation of baskets from donated items. Overall, this team has raised over $97,138 for the past 15 years. The event came about in 1999 at the request of fellow CMs wanting to be a part of the CHOC walks but unable to participate in the actual walk. The idea was developed to do a silent basket auction. Cast Members throughout the Resort donate their talents, time, items and money to creating amazing and unique basket. The very first auction only had 25 baskets which has steadily grown in numbers with 175 baskets created for last year’s auction. The core team begins meeting right after the event and continues to meet throughout the year to strategize how to raise more money for the next year. They have inspired other Cast Members as well as community partners and businesses to donate unique items, handmade one of a kind products, and exclusive Disney experiences! The chaos and excitement is heard through all of TDA as the final few minutes of the silent auction is full of leapfrogging on bids, cheering, and raising thousands of dollars for an organization that supports the core values of the Disneyland Resort-caring for children.
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