Micaela Connery started a theater group for disabled actors in Connecticut. Jacqueline Murekatete launched a human-rights org in her native Rwanda. Rhode Island native Wilfredo Perez Jr. established a program to train public-health workers in Haiti.
These three are among the finalists for the annual award handed out by DoSomething.org, a nonprofit dedicated to spurring social change among youths 25 and under. The Do Something Awards — which also honor the good works of actors, musicians, athletes and other celebs — will be telecast for the first time tonight on VH1, live from the Hollywood Palladium with Jane Lynch as emcee.
DoSomething.org PSAs have aired on MTV and VH1 for years, and more recently on Hulu. The kudocast pact came together after VH1 prexy Tom Calderone served as a judge of last year’s awards and was impressed by what he saw, according to Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person (yes, that’s her title) of the Gotham-based org founded in 1993 by thesp Andrew Shue.
Lublin says the show leans toward the silly, even if the causes spotlighted are serious.
“No violins, no tuxedos,” Lublin said. “We want people to be laughing as much as crying.” — Cynthia Littleton