LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will honor outstanding members of the Los Angeles community at its annual Rising Stars Gala, October 29, 2010 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Awards recognize individuals who are inspiring and positive role models for young people. Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, receives the Sherry Lansing Award; Ronald N. Tutor, Chairman and CEO, Tutor Perini Corporation, receives the Walt Disney Man of the Year Award; and Mary and Fred Willard, award-winning actor/producers are recipients of the Golden Star Award. Tom Bergeron, host of ABC's Dancing with the Stars and America's Funniest Videos will emcee and Karina Smirnoff and Louis van Amstel of Dancing with the Stars will perform.
Anne Sweeney is Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes The Walt Disney Company's global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, as well as radio and publishing businesses.
Ronald N. Tutor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Tutor Perini Corporation, one of the country's largest civil and building construction companies offering diversified general contracting and design/build services to private clients and public agencies throughout the world.
Mary Willard is an award-winning playwright and is a member of the Guild of BBBSLA. Fred Willard is a four-time Emmy Award nominee, is an alumnus of the famed Second City and performed more than 100 sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was the only human in the Academy Award winning Pixar film, WALL-E.
BBBSLA is dedicated to empowering children who face economic, emotional and social challenges through a variety of programs. For 55 years, the agency has assisted boys and girls in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent and caring individuals through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with caring men and women. Their work is as elementary as putting an adult friend in a child's life, and as essential as putting hope into a child's future. BBBSLA has proven successful in creating and nurturing relationships between adults and children. Mentoring works—one young person at a time. For information, visit www.BBBSLA.org.
SOURCE Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles