NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Hennessy continues a long-standing commitment to recognize those who make a difference in their communities by presenting the Hennessy Privilege Award to National Basketball Association Player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Carmelo Anthony.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Hennessy Privilege Awards, the brand's most prestigious honor. The award represents mastery, strength and sophistication: ideals embodied by The House of Hennessy. Past recipients of the Hennessy Privilege Award include Kanye West, Emilio Estefan, Patti La Belle, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, Spike Lee and Magic Johnson.
"The Hennessy Privilege Award is presented to individuals who echo our passion and have made extraordinary contributions to society through leadership and service," said Rodney Williams, Senior Vice President, Hennessy. "We are honored to present this award to Carmelo Anthony, whose foundation aids children and families through recreational activities and education-focused programs."
The Hennessy Privilege Award will be presented this evening at an invitation-only ceremony at New York hotpsot, Griffin. Anthony's achievements both on and off the court will be highlighted with a friendly roast including a special toast by former Privilege Award recipient Spike Lee. Anthony's close friends and family will attend to support this milestone in his career.
"I am truly honored to receive the Hennessy Privilege Award," said Anthony. "Whether we're building basketball courts or providing food to families in need, the Carmelo Anthony Foundation's main goal is to give children the opportunity to enjoy their youth, and I'm excited to raise awareness of the great work done by the men and women of this organization."
About the Carmelo Anthony Foundation
Anthony established the Carmelo Anthony Foundation (CAF) in 2005 as the vehicle through which he and his family would give back to the community through a variety of outreach programs and donations. As a way to raise awareness and foster innovation around educational and recreational opportunity needs for children, families and their communities, the Foundation sponsors special projects and events, while collaborating with other donors, business leaders, celebrities, athletes and nonprofit organizations.
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About Hennessy Privilege
Hennessy Privilege blends eaux-de-vie from the four best growing areas of the Cognac region to create the perfect balance of strength and smoothness. Hennessy Privilege can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a creative mixed drink. Hennessy Privilege retails for $50-$60 (750 ml) and is currently available at fine retailers nationwide.