Heavenly Hooves and Disney Come Together to Continue Helping People Heal
Disney is known worldwide for bringing the magic found in the parks out into the community by supporting local nonprofits who are inspiring lasting and impactful change.
Each year, Disney invests in the unique and creative projects these nonprofits offer, and over the next few weeks, they will be going out into the Central Florida community to reveal and celebrate this year’s 2019 Disney Grants recipients!
This week, Disney presented McCormick Research Institute—a local nonprofit providing life-changing equine-therapy to veterans and individuals with special needs—with a $75,000 Disney Grant to help support their Heavenly Hooves and Horses & Heroes programs in Osceola County. These programs empower local residents through compassion and therapy and help provide the emotional and physical stability they need to continue healing and be the best version of themselves. The $75,000 Disney Grant will also help support the organization’s ongoing research to improve social functioning, self-regulating behaviors, and language and motor skills for veterans and children with cognitive disabilities.
To celebrate the impact of this exceptional organization, Walt Disney World Resort joined veterans and families at the ranch to meet the team that makes it all possible. Walt Disney World’s active-duty military and veteran employee group—SALUTE—even had to chance to watch McCormick Research Institute’s Veteran Drill Team cadence riding routine and share experiences as current and former service members.
Watch the video below to learn more about McCormick Research Institute’s impact in Osceola County and join Disney in the special moment they were #GrantedByDisney.
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