VH1's Do Something Awards 2011: Brittany Snow, Tony Hawk Talk Charity (Video)
Victoria Justice and Jason Ritter also tell THR why the annual Hollywood ceremony is so important.
Hollywood’s do-gooders stepped out on Sunday for the VH1 Do Something Awards, which will air Thursday night. Among the celebrities recognized at the event for their charitable contributions were Justin Bieber, Sophia Bush, Demi Lovato and more.
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“It’s a great awards show because this is the stuff that really matters I think,” Brittany Snow told The Hollywood Reporter on the carpet. “It’s fun to be all Hollywood and go to glamorous events, but this is the stuff that I think is, at its core, what everything is all about.”
Snow started the Love is Louder campaign in conjunction with The Jed Foundation to address the pressure felt by teenage girls to be perfect. The movement has recently been pushed by Lovato and has also earned support from Miley Cyrus, Camilla Belle and Victoria Justice, who also spoke with THR about why the Do Something Awards are so important.
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“I’m excited that all these really cool people came together for this amazing awards show that is spreading such an important message,” Justice said. “I hope that other people will get inspired from this and go out and do something themselves.”
“It always seems like the kind of thing you see a pro athlete doing as a PR move like, ‘I’m gonna start a foundation for something,’ but they don’t really get into it,” skateboarding legend Tony Hawk told THR. “The people here are truly embedded and involved and doing it because they’re inspired.”
Hawk created the Tony Hawk Foundation, which has built more than 400 skate parks across the country and supports low-income areas as well as underpriviledged kids. He also co-founded Athletes for Hope, along with Lance Armstrong, Andrew Agassi, Muhammed Ali, Jr. and more, in 2007.
Other organizations represented at the event included Child Help and Kids Against Animal Cruelty.
The Do Something Awards recognizes celebrities for their charitable contributions, but its main focus is to highlight the efforts of young people who are making a difference in their communities. Five finalists were chosen to compete for a grand prize of $100,000 for their organization, with the winner revealed live at the ceremony.
Jane Lynch hosts the 2011 Do Something Awards, which are set to air on VH1 Thursday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.