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Los Angeles, U.S.A. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will honor media titan Sumner M. Redstone at its Rising Stars Gala on October 26, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The evening recognizes individuals who are outstanding members of the Los Angeles community and inspiring and positive role models for young people.
Sumner M. Redstone, Executive Chairman of Viacom and CBS Corporation, will receive the Walt Disney Man of the Year Award. Mr. Redstone has been Chairman of the Board of National Amusements since 1986, and CEO of National Amusements since July 1967. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees for The Paley Center for Media. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Theatre Owners, and is currently a member of its Executive Committee.
Before that, he was President of the Theatre Owners of America. Mr. Redstone was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mr. Redstone has devoted himself to a wide variety of civic and community affairs efforts, contributing over $130 million to worthy charities around the world over the last several years.
“Sumner Redstone is a true role model for civic involvement and commitment to philanthropy,” said Tiffany Siart, President and CEO of BBBSLA. “We are extremely grateful to him for working with us to highlight the dramatic impact of BBBSLA on our youth, making it possible for them to achieve their dreams.”
Since 1955, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles has been the leader in providing children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with carefully screened adult volunteer mentors that change their lives for the better, forever. The results are clear — children in our programs improve in school, avoid risky and delinquent behaviors, and achieve higher self-esteem and aspirations. Philanthropedia, a GuideStar company, recently named BBBS as the #1 high impact national nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth. BBBSLA is committed to serving more children and changing more lives by partnering with those in the community. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life by visiting www.BBBSLA.org.