The entertainment conglomerate announced the cash donation the OneOrlando Fund Tuesday and said it would match additional donations from Disney employees, dollar for dollar. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer created the fund.
“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “With 74,000 cast members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.”
The shooter who killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others in the Pulse nightclub reportedly had made prior visits to both the night spot and to an entertainment and shopping complex, Disney Springs, earlier this month.
Disney said it has been working with public agencies in Central Florida to provide support to those impacted by the shooting. The company set up five locations around its resorts for employees to donate blood to victims. The company is also providing rooms to families and friends of those caught up in the massacre.
A statement from Thomas Smith, editorial content director for Disney parks, concluded: “Our hearts are with everyone impacted by this horrific event.”