Disney Hosted Chef’s Gala Raises a Record $296,000 for Heart of Florida United Way


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 7, 2013 – Twenty-four top chefs from Central Florida’s finest dining establishments, including 12 from the Walt Disney World Resort, participated in the 21st Annual Chef’s Gala at Epcot World Showplace, raising a record $296,000 for Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW).

    “This year’s Chef’s Gala was yet another outstanding success especially considering the economic challenges still facing our community,” said Robert H. (Bob) Brown, President/CEO of Heart of Florida United Way. “Thanks to the dedication of our co-chairs, Disney, the chefs and our title sponsor Tupperware, 95 percent of all money raised will go to help our neighbors, friends, family and co-workers who have fallen on hard times recently.”

    The money raised will benefit local non-profit programs supported by United Way that provide food, shelter and other services in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties.

    “Walt Disney World is proud to have hosted and sponsored the Chef’s Gala event for the past 21 years,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of Walt Disney World Community Relations, “In addition to our annual workplace giving campaign and loaned executives, our support of this event is one more way that we can help the Heart of Florida United Way impact those in need in Central Florida.”

    Disney Cast Members give generously to the annual workplace campaign, contributing more than $2 million each year.

    The following establishments participated in Chef’s Gala 2013:

    Artist Point (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge)

    California Grill (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)

    Flying Fish Cafe (Disney’s BoardWalk)

    The Hollywood Brown Derby (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

    Kona Cafe (Disney’s Polynesian Resort)

    Le Cellier Steakhouse (Epcot)

    Narcoossee’s (Disney’s Grad Floridian Resort& Spa)

    Sanaa (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)

    Tusker House Restaurant (Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park)

    Shutters (Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort)

    Primo by Melissa Kelly (Grande Lakes Orlando)

    The Capital Grille (Darden)

    La Luce (Hilton, Orlando Bonnet Creek)

    Cask& Larder

    Cress Restaurant

    Eddie V’s (Darden)

    Funky Monkey Wine Company

    Napa (The Peabody Orlando)

    Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

    Siro (Orlando World Center Marriott)


    Be Our Guest Restaurant (Magic Kingdom Park)

    Epcot Bakery

    4 Rivers Sweet Shop

    Seasons 52 (Darden)


    Coffee Roasters’ Alliance

    Joffrey’s Coffee& Tea Company