THE 2013 DO SOMETHING AWARDS TO BE HOSTED BY
ACTRESS SOPHIA BUSH
Celebrity Presenters Include Malin Akerman, Lucy Hale,
Cynthia Nixon, Russell Simmons and Aisha Tyler
NEW YORK, NY (July 22, 2013) — DoSomething.org and VH1 today announced that this year’s Do Something Awards (#DSAwards) will be hosted by actress Sophia Bush along with celebrity presenters Malin Akerman, Lucy Hale, Cynthia Nixon, Russell Simmons and Aisha Tyler. This year’s high-energy show will honor celebrities Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jennifer Hudson, LL COOL J and Kelly Osbourne for being amazing social change leaders, along with five “do-gooders,” 25 and under, who are in the trenches, creating substantial change in our world.
In addition to honoring celebrities for their work to inspire others, and a night filled with great musical performances, one young “do-er” (age 25 and under) will receive a grand prize of $100,000 for their cause and the four other nominees will receive a $10,000 community grant. VH1’s own Jason Dundas returns to help highlight the great work of these amazing Do Something nominees. This is the largest and most prestigious prize in the world for young people and social change.
This year’s five nominees have gone above and beyond to make a difference addressing important issues. Nominees include Sasha Fisher (Spark MicroGrants); Daniel Maree (Million Hoodies Movement for Justice); Jillian Mourning (All We Want is LOVE – Liberation of Victims Everywhere); Lorella Praeli (United We Dream); and Ben Simon (Food Recovery Network).
For the first time ever, users can vote for their favorite Do Something Awards nominees via SMS pre-show and LIVE in-show.
• To vote for Sasha text “SASHA” to 38383
• To vote for Daniel text “DAN” to 38383
• To vote for Jillian text “JILLIAN” to 38383
• To vote for Lorella text “LORELLA” to 38383
• To vote for Ben text “BEN” to 38383
“Sophia Bush as host of the 2013 Do Something Awards brings a fun, energetic vibe to an already high-energy show.” said Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person of DoSomething.org. “And now, for the first time ever, you will be able to help your favorite nominee win the 100k grand prize by casting your vote via SMS!”
“I’m thrilled to produce VH1’s fourth consecutive ‘Do Something Awards’ honoring such outstanding young people and celebrities working for social change. I’m also happy to have Jason Dundas back to help share the stories of the exceptional Do Something nominees. We’ve changed the format of the show slightly and we can’t wait to see how our viewers will be inspired again this year.” said Lee Rolontz, VH1’s Executive Vice President of Music Production.
DoSomething.VH1.com will offer a live stream from the red carpet and backstage, hosted by Logan Browning from VH1′s Hit The Floor starting at 6:30pm ET. Fans can check out all of the action on their desktop, tablet and mobile devices.
Official sponsors of the “2013 Do Something Awards” include Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., jcpenney, L’Oréal Paris, Post-it® Brand, State Farm® and Wells Fargo.
This year’s show is executive produced by Michael Dempsey for Dempsey Productions and Lee Rolontz for VH1. Nancy Lublin and Naomi Hirabayashi oversee the awards show for DoSomething.org.
For more information about the show, visit DoSomething.VH1.com, “Like” VH1 on Facebook and follow @VH1 on Twitter and use the hashtag #DSAwards to talk about the show.
We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Join us at www.DoSomething.org.
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About Sophia Bush
Actress Sophia Bush has captured film and television audiences alike with the diverse characters she portrays. Over the course of nine seasons, she portrayed ‘Brooke Davis’ on The CW’s hit drama “One Tree Hill,” evolving from a trouble-making vixen to a fiercely loyal friend, and a huge fan favorite. Most recently, Sophia appeared opposite David Krumholtz, Michael Urie and Brandon Routh in the CBS comedy “Partners.” Sophia has earned multiple Teen Choice Awards in the categories of “Choice Movie Actress: Comedy,” “Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller” and “Choice Movie: Breakout Female.” In addition, she was also a recipient of the “Rising Star” Award at the Vail Film Festival as well as the “New Hollywood Style Icon” Award at the Hollywood Style Awards and the “Bing Philanthropy Award” at the Young Hollywood Awards.
About Jason Dundas
Jason Dundas is an Australian born International TV host, who hit the pop culture scene in Sydney at age 23, as host of MTV’s TRL. He continued adding on-camera gigs to his résumé during this three-year stint with MTV, including co-hosting the Australian MTV Video Music Awards, appearing in the movie Fool’s Gold, and being honored as CLEO Bachelor of the Year. Adding to his growing list of accolades, Jason was awarded Man of Style at the GQ Men of the Year awards in Sydney the same year. Now considered one of the hardest-working Australian men in show business, in 2011 Jason launched into the US TV scene, debuting as co-host of Vh1’s BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE, broadcasted daily from Times Square. Jason continues to stay true to his crowd-pleaser persona, juggling his VH1 presenter role, red-carpet duties at award shows and hosting events from New York to LA and Sydney.
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