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Richard Gere to be Honored for Humanitarian Acts

January 9, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009
Dharamsala, Jan. 8: The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced that it will felicitate Hollywood actor and long time Tibet supporter Richard Gere with the second Joel Siegel Award at VH1's 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards Ceremony to be broadcast live on VH1 Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT). The award is not for his acting in reel life but for his works in real life.
Diane Lane will present the award, which is named after, and a tribute to "Good Morning America" film critic and BFCA member Joel Siegel, who lost his long struggle with cancer in June, 2007.
Best Actress Nominee Kate Beckinsale, Best Supporting Actor and Actress Nominees Josh Brolin and Marisa Tomei and Academy Award (R) Winning Actor Dustin Hoffman are among the many presenters for this star-studded show.
An accomplished advocate for human rights, Gere was the Co-founder and Chairman of Tibet House and joined the Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet to more effectively address both national and international forums of influence. Richard is one of the most vocal public spokesman for the Tibetan issue in the west, and a disciple of the Dalai Lama. He is a longtime sponsor of amfAR, Amnesty International, Survival International and Human Rights Watch. He has also focused on the battle against AIDS, working with the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Naz Foundation and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He launched the Heroes Project in 2002 in partnership with the Avahan AIDS Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
BFCA President Joey Berlin said Gere personifies the qualities this award was created to celebrate. "We consider the Joel Siegel Award to be the highest honor we bestow."
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