Last night DoSomething.org celebrated young do-gooders, celebrities and organizations that have made a commitment to social change with the star-studded "Do Something Awards" LIVE on VH1. Hosted by comedic genius and "Glee" star Jane Lynch, the show featured musical performances by Natasha Bedingfield, Lifehouse, and Travie McCoy with special guest Bruno Mars and an all-star red carpet before the award show at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The night concluded with revealing Jessica Posner as the grand prize winner of the $100,000.
The evening represented a high-energy mix of pop culture, entertainment and music with celebrity supporters Paula Abdul, Megan Fox, George Lopez, Demi Lovato, Kristen Bell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi. Online voting was held to determine the winners of the celebrity categories, which included influential celebrities, musicians, comedians, and athletes, inspiring films and television shows, and social media initiatives. Winners of these categories include Leonardo DiCaprio, Glee, Kathy Griffin, and Jonas Brothers. (full list below).
The big winner of the night was Jessica Posner. Jessica, age 23, co-founded Shining Hope for Communities to combat gender inequity and poverty in Kibera. Through the Kibera School for Girls, the first free school in Kibera, and the Shining Community Center, Jessica has helped over 5,700 residents gain education and employment. Since 1996, DoSomething.org has honored the nation's best young world-changers, 25 and under. The Do Something Award is the premier national award for community service, and nominees and winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue.
The evening became a hands-on experience with social media cards on every audience seat with "6 Ways to DO Something...RIGHT NOW" and DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin's cell phone number and an invitation to text her. Twitter was an important element to the show as audience members and viewers were encouraged to Twitter throughout the show using the official #DSAwards hashtag. Photos from the red carpet were uploaded in real time and live user tweets appeared in a ticker during the show. Host Jane Lynch also answered real questions from fans and viewers that were submitted via Twitter leading up to the Do Something Awards.
The 2010 DoSomething.org $100,000 Grant Winner: Jessica Posner, 23, Middletown, CT - The Kibera School for Girls and Shining Hope Community Center
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