Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Jeff Shell has been selected as the recipient of the Tom Sherak Award from the Fulfillment Fund.
The organization will present the award to Shell — whose studio set domestic and worldwide box office records last year — on Nov. 2 at the Stars 2016 Benefit Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Globe Theater.
The Fulfillment Fund raises money to help local Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to achieve a college education.
“As a Los Angeles native and product of public education, Jeff is deeply invested in the city where he grew up,” Fulfillment Fund CEO Kenny Rogers said. “He has been working to improve educational opportunities for Los Angeles students for decades, and we are grateful for his and Universal’s long-standing friendship and philanthropic leadership.”
Recent Fulfillment Fund honorees include Mark Gordon, Relativity Media chief Ryan Kavanaugh, Illumination head Chris Meledandri, Fox Filmed Entertainment CEO Jim Gianopulos, Rob Moore, Rich Ross, Thomas Tull, and Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann.
The Tom Sherak Award is named for the late AMPAS President, executive and philanthropist. Sherak served on the Fulfillment Fund Board of Directors for 20 years and guided the creation of the Stars Gala into an annual fundraiser that raises millions of dollars.