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Disney Donates Half a Million to Philippines Disaster Relief

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 12, 2013 at 1:49PM

Disney chairman Robert Iger came through Tuesday in what should be a sterling example of what other corporations should do in the wake of the hurricane disaster in The Philippines. Disney is donating half a million dollars.
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While Tom Hanks did a pretty funny imitation of Disney CEO Robert Iger calling him to ask him to play Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks" at a packed DGA panel Monday night, the Disney chairman came through Tuesday in what should be a sterling example of what other corporations should do in the wake of the hurricane disaster in The Philippines. The fact that the company is on a record global box office roll doesn't hurt. 

The Walt Disney Company will donate half-a-million dollars to Save the Children and The American Red Cross to support humanitarian aid and rebuilding efforts related to the recent tragedy in the Philippines. In addition, eligible donations from employees to organizations involved in disaster relief will be matched, dollar for dollar up to set limits, by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.

This move is part of Disney's ongoing disaster preparedness and response program and sponsorship of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and Save the Children’s Emergency Fund. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.