Pirates premiere to raise $3 million for charity

MUMBAI: The Walt Disney Company is helping to make wishes come true for children all over the world by donating proceeds from the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and Make-A-Wish International.

The announcement was made by The Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook. The event will take place on 19 May at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, with all of the film’s stars expected to participate.

This celebration for the third installment of the Pirates saga will raise $3 million for Make-A-Wish efforts, with Disney providing an initial donation in excess of $1 million to the charities, in addition to underwriting the entire cost of the premiere (so that 100 per cent of the ticket income will benefit both Make-A-Wish organizations).

This is the first time that the public has been invited to participate in a Pirates premiere. Individual tickets are priced at $1,500, and are now available for sale at www.piratespremiere.com.

Cook said, “Disney is dedicated to making dreams come true and we’re extremely proud to be lending our support to the Make-A-Wish Foundation with this benefit World Premiere of Pirates to make a difference. The Studio is extremely excited about the upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and we’re pulling out all the stops to give it the send-off it deserves with a magnificent gala event at Disneyland. Disney has been a longtime supporter of this wonderful organization and we’re excited to be doing something special to bring smiles to the children and their families, giving them magical moments to share.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush. The movie is scheduled to release in May this year.