TORONTO, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Best Buddies Canada, a national
charitable organization committed to developing friendships between
Canadian students and individuals with intellectual challenges, has
announced that the celebrated and distinguished actor, multiple Tony
and Emmy winner, and Academy Award nominee James Earl Jones, will receive the 2012 International Legacy Award. The Award will be presented at the Best Buddies annual fundraising gala
at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on September 12, 2012.
The International Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated
their lives to making a difference. James Earl Jones has demonstrated a
commitment to community service throughout his career by lending his
time and talents to countless local causes that impact young people.
Former gala award recipients include Kathleen Turner (2011), Peter
Fonda (2010), Ann-Margaret (2009) and Shirley MacLaine (2008).
"Over its 18 years, Best Buddies has impacted the lives of upwards of
85,000 intellectually challenged Canadians in its continued commitment
to building bridges in communities and fostering lasting
relationships," says Daniel Greenglass, co-chair and co-founder of Best
Buddies Canada. "This year, we are thrilled to honour James Earl Jones
who has demonstrated his commitment to those who find triumph over
diversity. With the help of a teacher, James Earl Jones overcame a
childhood speech impediment to become one of the most recognizable
voices in the world. This is one example of how the relationship
between two people can have a profound impact on both of their lives,
and helps explain the importance of what Best Buddies does across
James Earl Jones' is one of the preeminent stage and screen actors of
his generation. His career has spanned over five decades, over which
time he has won the Tony Award for Best Actor twice, won numerous
Emmy's and received a Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors
Guild as well as an Honorary Academy Award. James Earl Jones' best
known films include his feature debut in Stanley Kubrick's classic
satire Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), his Academy Award (Best Actor) nominated portrayal of Jack
Johnson in The Great White Hope (1970), as the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars trilogy (1977, 1980, 1983), and as the voice of Mufasa in the Lion King
(1994) - notable examples among his more than 90 films.
On stage, James Earl Jones has had an equally remarkable career, rising
to prominence as a young man for his portrayals of Shakespearian roles
not normally played by African-Americans, and returning to the stage
over the many decades since, winning Tony Awards for the Broadway
productions of The Great White Hope and Fences. Most recently he played Hoke Colburn in a London run of Driving Miss Daisy and has received his fourth Tony nomination for his performance as
former U.S. President Arthur Hockstader in The Best Man.
The Best Buddies annual gala celebrates the importance of inspiring
leadership, creating an inclusive and nurturing environment and
building friendships in the community and worldwide. Hosted by Seamus
O'Regan, the event on September 12, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York
Hotel will feature live music, dancing and award presentations.
About Best Buddies
Best Buddies Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to
enhancing communities through one-on-one friendships between
individuals with intellectual challenges and students. Founded in
Toronto in 1993, Best Buddies Canada now operates in over 250 high
school, university and college chapters in every province across the
nation and, since its inception, has helped over 85,000 people. For
more information, visit www.bestbuddies.ca.
SOURCE: Best Buddies Canada
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