Tyler Perry to Receive Fifth Annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The People’s Choice Awards announced today that Tyler Perry will receive
the fifth annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian,
presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, during the live awards show from the
Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (9:00-11:00 PM,
ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Perry was chosen as this year’s honoree in recognition of his efforts to
change lives all over the world for the better. With the help of the
Tyler Perry Foundation he has donated millions of dollars to
organizations such as Feeding America, the NAACP, Charity Water, among
others, all in 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. In support of Perry’s
tireless efforts to help those in need, Enterprise is donating $100,000
to Perry’s charity of choice, the Global Medical Relief Fund for

“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. “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.”

The Global Medical Relief Fund for Children (GMRF) was originally
created in 1997 by one person working out of a small apartment on Staten
Island, New York. Since then the GMRF, along with partners-in-aid
including the Shriners Hospitals for Children, has worked non-stop for
19 years helping children in America and 40 other countries worldwide.
The GMRF provides the children, many of them amputees and burn victims
who have no local medical resources, with vital medical care and
on-going treatment to ensure they return home and become thriving
members of their own cities, towns and communities. Tyler Perry first
became aware of GMRF when it was featured on the CBS-TV News program “60
Minutes” in 2011.

Enterprise, and its comprehensive transportation offerings, is
presenting the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian in honor
of the brand’s commitment to picking up the communities where its
customers and employees live and work.

Past winners of the award include Sandra Bullock in 2013 in recognition
of her work with the Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, Jennifer
Hudson in 2014 to honor her work with the Julian D. King Gift
Foundation, Ben Affleck in 2015 to recognize his work with the Eastern
Congo Initiative, and Ellen DeGeneres in 2016 to support St. Jude’s
Children’s Hospital.

Voting for PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 has closed for most categories,
but will remain open for Favorite New TV Comedy, Favorite New TV Drama
and Favorite Year End Blockbuster until show night on www.PeoplesChoice.com.

Media assets for PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 can be found at www.EPKlink.com/PeoplesChoiceAwards2017
courtesy of Getty Images.

Tickets to the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 show are available for fans
to purchase through AXS.com.


The mission of GMRF is to help hopeless, resourceless, often maimed
children who are victims of war, natural disasters or other catastrophic
injuries or illnesses, by proving care, compassion, transportation and a
caring home environment while getting them access to free, on-going
medical treatments and physical therapies. GMRF and its partners bring
each child who has suffered severe injury to U.S. facilities for
treatment and care that helps restore their bodies, their spirits and
their self-esteem. We bring these growing children back for follow-up
medical treatments and therapy until they reach age 21. Our care for
these children is totally personal. We have never treated a child whose
name and family history we didn’t know. We provide them with
transportation, a home and day to day care, and coordinate their
on-going medical treatments, surgeries and therapies to help them
rebuild their lives and get “on track” to heal and return home to
eventually become productive members of their own communities. Elissa
Montani is the Founder and Director of The Global Medical Relief Fund
for Children and the official website can be found at www.gmrfchildren.org.


The Enterprise brand – which comprises Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Enterprise
CarShare, Enterprise Truck Rental, Enterprise Car Sales, the Exotic Car
Collection by Enterprise, Zimride by Enterprise and RideShare by
Enterprise – offers customers a total transportation solution. Its
flagship brand, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, was founded in 1957 and is known
for an extensive network of convenient locations, affordable rates and
outstanding customer service. Enterprise Rent-A-Car was ranked on
BusinessWeek magazine’s annual list of “Customer Service Champs” for
four years in a row. Enterprise operates not only as a key provider for
insurance replacement, weekend getaways and special occasions, but also
as a local transportation alternative. With more than 5,600 fully
staffed airport and neighborhood offices located within 15 miles of 90
percent of the U.S. population, Enterprise can meet whatever
transportation need customers may have – renting, buying or sharing.


Now in its 43rd year, the People’s Choice Awards is the only major
awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favorites in movies,
music, television and digital. The People’s Choice official website at www.PeoplesChoice.com
houses the voting platform where fans determine the nominees and winners
for the annual awards show. Every year, potential nominees are
determined by national ratings averages, box-office grosses, music
sales, social media activity and PeoplesChoice.com data, then vetted
through E-Poll Market Research. Fred Nelson is the President of People’s
Choice, and serves alongside Mark Burnett, Jane Mun and Kimmie H. Kim as
Executive Producers of the awards show.

The awards show, and digital, mobile and social extensions of the brand
are owned by Procter & Gamble. The show is produced by MGM Television
and MGM serves as the international distributor.

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