Ellen DeGeneres received the fourth annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian, presented by Walgreens, during the live awards show from the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 on the CBS Television Network.
“I am so honored to be receiving the People’s Choice Humanitarian Award. I think it sums me up perfectly as I am both a human and an itarian,” stated DeGeneres.
DeGeneres was chosen as this year’s honoree in recognition of her tireless efforts to help communities in need and bring awareness to organizations and charities that are making a difference in people’s lives. As the recipient of the Favorite Humanitarian Award, Ms. DeGeneres selected St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as the beneficiary of the annual donation presented by Walgreens.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop they eliminate childhood cancer entirely.
Walgreens, the official retail sponsor of PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2016, once again presented the award for Favorite Humanitarian in conjunction with the company’s purpose to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy. 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 and Ben Affleck in 2015 to recognize his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative.
DeGeneres is a 15-time People’s Choice Awards winner and a nominee again in 2016 for Favorite Talk Show Host, putting her in contention to become tied for the most People’s Choice Award wins in the 42 year history of the franchise.