Johnson recognized for theatres' contribution
NEW YORK — Earvin “Magic” Johnson will receive the 1999 Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award at this year’s ShowEast Convention. The presentation will be made at the closing-night banquet, set for Oct. 21 at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.The award is given for outstanding contributions to both the exhibition industry and the community at large. Previous recipients have included Daniel Crown, president and CEO of Crown Theaters (1998), Cinemark Theaters execs Lee Roy and Tandy Mitchell (1997) and Daily Variety vice president and publisher Gerry Byrne (1996). Johnson, founder and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, will be recognized for the contribution his Magic Johnson Theatres has made to inner cities. His Johnson Development Corp. champions financial growth in neglected communities by building retail shops, restaurants and other entertainment-related ventures. Johnson also is active in numerous philanthropies such as the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. and the Make a Wish Foundation and the Magic Johnson Foundation. ShowEast unspools Oct. 18.