Foster is being honoured for outstanding philanthropic contributions and commitment to supporting and inspiring others to give back
TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2019 /CNW/ - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced that David Foster, renowned musician, songwriter, composer, arranger and producer, will be recognized with the 2019 Humanitarian Award. The award honours Foster's lifelong dedication to philanthropy through his support of hundreds of charities, including his own non-profit organization, The David Foster Foundation, which raises organ donation awareness and provides financial support to Canadian families in need of life-saving transplants.
The Humanitarian Award recognizes philanthropic efforts by Canadian artists and industry pioneers who have made a significant and meaningful impact on social welfare around the world. The award, given annually by the JUNO Awards, will be presented to Foster at the 48th Annual JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN on Saturday, March 16 at the London Convention Centre in London, Ontario.
"It is with great honour that I accept the 2019 Humanitarian Award," said Foster. "I created the David Foster Foundation in 1986 after meeting a young girl from my hometown who was awaiting a liver transplant. The experience had a profound impact on me, and that's how the Foundation was born. I am fortunate to be able to support many charities and organizations in need, either with my time or through donations, and it has become one of my life's passions. The gift of music has brought me many rewards, and what better way to pay tribute to those gifts than to pay it forward. Giving back is not just a responsibility, it's a necessity."
"We are thrilled to present David Foster with this year's Humanitarian Award," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "David has donated his time, talent, and resources throughout his career, making extraordinary contributions and changing lives, especially here at home through The David Foster Foundation. He has tapped into his vast network of friends and collaborators to raise millions of dollars for worthy causes. We are proud to commemorate David's philanthropic achievements at the 2019 JUNO Awards with this well-deserved honour."
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SOURCE Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
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