TOP IMAGE: Sean Penn (pictured) and Ann Lee host The 2022 CORE Gala at the Hollywood Palladium. © Reuters/ Faye`s Vision/Cover Images/INSTARimages.com
The Television Academy will honour double Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn with their Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in a November ceremony, inducting him into their Hall Of Fame.
The academy will honour Penn with the award at a ceremony inducting him and five other new members into its Hall Of Fame. The other Hall Of Fame inductees include Fame actress Debbie Allen, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, former Warner Bros. chairman Bob Daly, BET founder Robert L. Johnson, West Side Story actress Rita Moreno, and cinematographer Donald A. Morgan.
“These legendary performers, creators, craftspeople and television executives are luminaries in our industry. Their work has influenced and immeasurably elevated the current television landscape and culture,” Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma said of the inductees in a statement. “We are proud to induct these trailblazers into the Hall Of Fame and honoured to celebrate their extraordinary contributions to our industry.”
Penn is being recognized for his work through his organization CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), an emergency response organization that works on the ground to support communities impacted by climate disasters, war, and poverty. In the last year, CORE has been working on the ground in war-torn Ukraine and its bordering countries, Pakistan, Florida, and much more.
Co-chair of the academy’s Humanitarian Award Selection Committee, Kim Coleman, explained why Penn was chosen for the Bob Hope Award: “Sean’s activism and immense humanitarian efforts have had a profound impact on the global community, and he has effectively used his platform to motivate change.”
Co-chair Michael Spiller added: “Sean is responsible for getting help to people who need it the most. From Haiti to Ukraine to Los Angeles, he is an inspiration to us all.”
CORE was founded in 2010 after an earthquake rocked Haiti. Frustrated by the search and rescue efforts, he founded CORE within hours of the disaster, which immediately mobilized a powerful network to take action, operating a 55,000-person tent camp for displaced locals.
The organization was founded in partnership with Ann Lee, an activist with a long history of humanitarian efforts.
“We are not saviours,” Lee shared. “We are not coming to help for the glory and recognition, and then leaving once the initial job is completed. We are trusted partners to the community, and that requires close collaboration with community leaders and members to ensure we are addressing their needs.”
Now, more than ten years later, the organization continues to lead sustainable programs focused on four pillars: emergency relief, disaster preparedness, environmental resilience, and community building. The latter has proved a vital lesson, not just for the organization, but for the hard-hit communities it helps.
Penn will be given the humanitarian award during a ceremony on November 16.
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