Tyler Perry may be best known as the star of the Madea films and the creator of series like The Haves and the Have Nots, but at the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday (Jan. 18) he’ll be honored for a different kind of work: his humanitarian efforts.
Perry is receiving this year’s Favorite Humanitarian Award in recognition of his many charitable initiatives.
With the help of the Tyler Perry Foundation, the actor has donated millions of dollars to organizations such as Feeding America, the NAACP, Charity Water, among others, all in an effort to help eradicate homelessness, support civil rights causes and aid survivors of devastating natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina. Enterprise is donating $100,000 to Perry’s charity of choice, the Global Medical Relief Fund for Children.
“We are honored to present Tyler Perry with this year’s People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian, and we thank our partners at Enterprise for their generous donation to the Global Medical Relief Fund on his behalf,” said President of the People’s Choice Awards, Fred Nelson, in a statement. “Mr. Perry’s decades long commitment to helping those in need is incomparable, and the GMRF is an amazing organization, dedicated to aiding children in desperate need of care. I’m proud that our show provides a platform for this well-deserved recognition.”
Created in 1997, The Global Medical Relief Fund (GMRF) works with partners-in-aid, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children, to help children in need. GMRF provides children — many of whom are amputees and burn victims with no local medical resources — with vital medical care and on-going treatment. Perry first learned about GMRF in 2011, when it was featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
Previous recipients of the People’s Choice Award Favorite Humanitarian honor include Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Hudson, Ben Affleck, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Hosted by Joel McHale, People’s Choice Awards 2017 is set to air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET (delayed PT).