On August 10th, 2013, Project Angel Food will honor award-winning actress Jane Lynch and acclaimed celebrity chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis at its annual Angel Awards in Hollywood.

Recently finishing up her starring role on Broadway in the musical “Annie,” Lynch will receive the Marianne Williamson Founder’s Award for her philanthropic leadership and advocacy on behalf of local-community based charities like Project Angel Food. Lynch, who can also be seen this summer as the host of NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night,” will be returning to FOX’s “Glee” this fall.

De Laurentiis will be recognized with the inaugural Iconic Chef Award for her leadership in helping people connect delicious food with nutritious eating and a healthy lifestyle. In addition to her television shows and publications, De Laurentiis dedicates time to working with Oxfam America and to Stand Up for Cancer. The Food Network star supports the core belief of Project Angel Food that nourishment equals life and that we must act “out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait.”

“I’m honored to receive Project Angel Food’s Iconic Chef Award. The work they do providing meals to thousands in need is something I’ve long admired,” said De Laurentiis upon hearing word of her award. Lynch, likewise, noted, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be receiving this honor from the angels at Project Angel Food who are really doing God’s work.”

Angel Awards — held al fresco in Project Angel Food’s “backyard” — is always a magical evening, full of love and honor for those who make the agency’s work possible. The evening’s dinner will be cooked in the Project Angel Food kitchen, featuring produce from the organization’s organic gardens. Money raised that night will fund the cooking and delivery of life-sustaining meals for men, women and children struggling with HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other life threatening illnesses throughout Los Angeles County. Thanks to devoted volunteers, who work under the guidance of professional staff, Project Angel Food provides 600,000 meals a year to those in need.

Past Angel Award honorees include Paris Barclay, Ronald W. Burkle, Dante Di Loreto, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Disney VoluntEARS, Whoopi Goldberg, Angelica Huston & Robert Graham, Mercedes-Benz, Nathan Lane, Anthony Edwards & Jeanine Lobell, Shirley MacLaine, Macy’s, Janet & Eric McCormack, Olivia Newton-John, Paramount Pictures, Pauley Perrette, Doris Roberts, Chris Salgardo – Kiehl's since 1851, Sharon Stone, Bernie Taupin, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Wells Fargo, Jeanne White-Ginder, and Marianne Williamson.

Angel Awards 2013 sponsors include: Brown-Forman Beverages; el Jimador Tequila; FlatRate Moving; Finlandia; Jack Daniels; Icelandic Glacial Water; Premio Brands USA; and Viva Diva Wines.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Angel Awards 2013, please visit www.angelfood.org.

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