The celebrities recognized at this year’s Do Something! Awards have committed themselves to various initiatives focused on poverty, civil liberties, and other causes that strengthen our society. Take a look at some of the organizations that were highlighted during the ceremony. We’re also featuring our youth finalist who wound up winning big for his campaign against racial injustice.
Jennifer Hudson and her sister, Julia, started the Julian D. King Foundation to help children in their native Chicago. Their second annual Hatch Day, where they provide school supplies for students in the city’s South Side, is approaching on August 14. See her acceptance speech in the clip above.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson took the stage to be honored for his Tie The Knot organization, which fights for marriage equality using both staunch activism and Ferguson’s signature humor. Watch his heartwarming tale of gaining his father’s acceptance years after he revealed his sexuality.
Following her brother’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Kelly Osbourne joined the Race To Erase MS. Her fight against the debilitating disease has brought her closer to her brother Jack Osbourne and has spread the word about how patients are able to thrive.
Growing up in Queens, LL Cool J recalls that there was a lack of engaging activities. The MC went back to his old neighborhood to start the Jump & Ball camp and tournament, where kids can have fun, exercise, and find constructive ways to use their energy.
Patrick Dempsey was inspired by his mother’s courage during her battle with ovarian cancer. He founded the Patrick Dempsey Center For Cancer Hope & Healing and began The Dempsey Challenge, the organization’s autumn bike race.
Daniel Maree, who spearheaded the Million Hoodies campaign following Trayvon Martin’s death, won a $100,000 grant at last night’s ceremony. See more about his organization in the video above.
And make sure to check out more of last night’s best moments by visiting our page for the 2013 Do Something! Awards.