Disney Hosts Annual Central Florida Urban League Cornerstone Awards and Gala

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., October 5, 2013 – More than 400 community and business leaders gathered at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for the annual Central Florida Urban League Cornerstone Awards and Gala.

The event recognizes business leaders and companies for contributions that align with the Central Florida Urban League’s four areas of empowerment: youth development, economic empowerment, workforce development and health awareness.

Disney’s support of the Central Florida Urban League is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to diversity and includes support of the gala as well as the annual Youth Leadership Summit.

“Disney’s continued support allows us to honor members of the community who are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors in Central Florida,” said Yolanda Cade, 2013 event chair for the Cornerstone Awards and Gala.

Derrick Brooks, a retired NFL player, was the keynote speaker at the gala. After 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brooks turned his focus to working with youth in the Tampa Bay area through his foundation, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc.

The Cornerstone Awards were presented to the following individuals: Doreen Hargreaves, Fidelity Funding Mortgage Corporation; Dr. Monica Reed, Florida Hospital Celebration Health; Harris Rosen, Rosen Hotels & Resorts; Aaron Gorovitz, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Corporate recipients of the Cornerstone Awards included Wells Fargo, Health Care Center for the Homeless, Florida Citrus Sports Association, Inc. and Walmart.

The evening also included a tribute to Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.