Lionsgate Honored at International Medical Corps Awards Gala

Michael Burns Rob Friedman - P 2014
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Michael Burns Rob Friedman - P 2014

Michael Burns and Rob Friedman accepted on behalf of the company

Lionsgate was feted on Thursday night at the Beverly Wilshire by the International Medical Corps at the org’s annual awards celebration gala.

Accepting the Global Champions Award on behalf of the mini-major were vice chairman Michael Burns and co-chairman Rob Friedman, who were joined at the event by IMC Global Ambassador Sienna Miller, IMC founder Dr. Robert Simon, IMC president and CEO Nancy Aossey and celebs including Jena Malone, Teri Hatcher, Sanaa Lathan, Sasha Alexander and Jamie Lynn-Sigler.

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Not only did Burns and Friedman pick up the award for their Santa Monica-based company, the duo made a surprise announcement that they would sell 10 tickets to the upcoming premiere of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 for $10,000 a pair, with proceeds benefiting IMC. Franchise work aside, Lionsgate was praised during the event for the company’s humanitarian efforts as well as making films like The Impossible and Hotel Rwanda.

Prior to the gala, Miller told The Hollywood Reporter that her humanitarian work has been life changing. “I’ve learned such an immeasurable amount with this organization and I’ve traveled extensively and seen all the different programs they’re running from health and sanitation to mental health,” she said. “What affected me most is what I saw in the Congo — sex and gender-based violence and the epidemic of rape. I knew very little about this and IMC opened my eyes.”

Tindiolo Grace Losio took home the Founder Award. Losio, who received a standing ovation from the crowd, hails from the South Sudan and serves as an IMC health worker. 

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L.A.-based IMC, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, has doled out more than $1.8 billion in health care services and training in more than 70 countries worldwide. The organization has recently been involved in humanitarian causes including the Ebola outbreak, the refugee crisis resulted from the conflict in Syria as well as displacement and famine in South Sudan.

“When people are running out, we are running in,” Aossey said of IMC’s efforts on a global scale, particularly referring to the Ebola crisis. “We are responding to more emergencies now than ever before.”