First Annual “Noble Humanitarian Awards” Honors Charities and Their Hollywood Supporters
Los Angeles, CA, September 16, 2009 — As the film industry has the Oscars, television the Emmys and the music industry the Grammy Awards, the charity community and its most dedicated Hollywood supporters will gain global recognition with the staging of the inaugural Noble Humanitarian Awards, to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, October 18. The two-hour event, produced on behalf of the non-profit Celebrity Charity Awards Corporation, seeks to annually honor up to a dozen charities and celebrities who actively support them, elevating awareness of these organizations and the impact of their work.
The organizations to be honored at this first-annual ceremony include The Art of Elysium, Best Buddies, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, DoSomething.org, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Keep a Child Alive, The Salvation Army, Stand Up To Cancer and Women’s Sports Foundation.
Celebrities who will accept awards on behalf of the charities being honored include Laila Ali (Women’s Sports Foundation), Jessica Biel (Childrens Hospital Los Angeles), Alicia Keyes (Keep a Child Alive), Joel Madden (The Art of Elysium) and Brett Ratner (DoSomething.org), with others currently being confirmed. During the ceremony, each will be presented with the trophy award, designed by Antonio Banderas, with personal touches added by children who participated in The Art of Elysium workshop at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Other performers and presenters will be announced closer to the event.
With nearly two decades of experience across entertainment, fashion and charitable projects, Janeen Mansour is creator and executive producer of the Noble Humanitarian Awards. Mansour, who has interviewed many celebrities, was inspired to create a dedicated award show for the charity community after interviewing the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and learning about her significant charitable work.
“Celebrities have long given their time to charity, championing causes they feel passionate about. Their support draws media coverage, and organizations benefit. With the Noble Awards, we aim to turn the spotlight back onto these celebrities and charities in an effort to provide recognition, to educate, to inspire, and to encourage even more support from the Hollywood community and the public at large. It’s an annual celebration of service and volunteerism,” explains Mansour.
A team of entertainment veterans join Mansour in producing the Noble Humanitarian Awards. They include Ziad Batal (Executive Producer), founder of All 4 Media, one of the most prominent film and television production companies and creator and producer of dozens of reality, talk and sports programs in the Middle East; Michael Seligman (Producer), President & CEO of Seligman Entertainment, Inc, whose 35 years of work includes the Oscars, the Emmy's, AFI's, Kennedy Center Honors and Stand Up To Cancer; and Tisha Fein (Producer), whose three-decade experience includes the Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, World Music Awards, Fashion Rocks, Movies Rock and Stand Up to Cancer.
The charity honorees for the first annual Noble Humanitarian Awards are diverse in scope:
* The Art of Elysium encourages actors, artists and musicians to volunteer their time and talent to children battling serious medical conditions. It facilitates artistic workshops in acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting and creative writing.
* Best Buddies, founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
* Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, founded in 1901, has treated the most seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century, and is widely recognized as one of the top pediatric facilities in the nation.
* DoSomething.org seeks to empower young people to take action around any cause, aiming to activate two million people per year by 2011. It enables a generation of teenagers to convert their ideas and energy into positive action.
* The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation offers innovative research programs, collaborative training initiatives, advocacy efforts and rapidly expanding prevention and treatment programs that bring dramatic changes to the lives of children worldwide.
* Keep a Child Alive offers life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, care and support services to children and families whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India by directly engaging the global public in the fight against AIDS.
* The Salvation Army is a faith-based charity that helps people with diverse social needs in virtually every community across America, from assisting survivors of natural disasters to those affected by substance abuse.
* Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, is a collaboration uniting the major television networks, entertainment industry executives, celebrities and prominent leaders in cancer research and patient advocacy.
* Women’s Sports Foundation, founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, is dedicated to increasing opportunities for girls and women in sports and fitness through education, advocacy, recognition and grants.
The Noble Humanitarian Awards are produced on behalf of the Celebrity Charity Awards Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. With the staging of the first annual awards on October 18, 2009, the Celebrity Charity Awards Corporation will launch a year-round campaign to better unify the efforts of charities with celebrities, influencers, media and everyday citizens in order to create an effective forum for change and service. For more information, please visit www.thenobleawards.org.