On Wednesday, October 2, Save the Children honored Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger with its Centennial Award. Iger received the award during Save the Children’s West Coast centennial celebration in Beverly Hills, California, for his continuous efforts to improve and protect children’s lives, every day and in times of crisis, and to lift the spirits of children and families around the world.
What They Are Saying:
- Disney Legend Oprah Winfrey: “Kids have always been at the heart of Disney’s philanthropic efforts, so what better organization for Bob Iger to join forces with, than one that shares Disney’s values so perfectly. Under Bob’s leadership, the focus on children and their needs has only deepened. As a company, Disney creates content that delights, educates and inspires little ones—and I’d say more than a few grown-ups too. Bob has encouraged the company to use its unique assets, beloved characters, and an ability to tell timeless stories, to bring comfort to children and families going through some incredibly challenging circumstances.”
- Bob Iger: “It’s impossible to listen to the inspiring stories we’ve heard tonight and not appreciate the power of children and the need to protect them in order to unleash their talent, unlock their potential and create boundless opportunities for them. But far too many children live without the protection, respect and support they deserve, and the mission of Save the Children is more critical than ever—but they can’t do it alone. We all have a responsibility to be part of the solution—as individuals, as leaders and as corporations with the reach and resources to make a real difference. I’m honored to accept this award, and I proudly share it with the thousands of Disney employees who volunteer their time and talents to make the world a better place, especially for children.”
About Disney and Save the Children:
- Disney has supported Save the Children’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts worldwide by prepositioning supplies in areas vulnerable to disaster, creating innovative programs to raise awareness and funds to serve the needs of children, and providing school supplies, personal care products, toys and books. For well over a decade, Disney also has made significant contributions in the wake of natural disasters and other global emergencies around the world.