04 January 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA – (January 4, 2016) – The People’s Choice Awards and CBS announced today that Ellen DeGeneres will receive the fourth annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian, presented by Walgreens, during the live awards show from the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
 
“I am so honored to be receiving the People’s Choice Humanitarian Award. I think it sums me up perfectly as I am both a human and an itarian,” stated DeGeneres.
 
DeGeneres was chosen as this year’s honoree in recognition of her tireless efforts to help communities in need and bring awareness to organizations and charities that are making a difference in people’s lives. As the recipient of the Favorite Humanitarian Award, DeGeneres has selected St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the beneficiary of the annual donation presented by Walgreens. Additionally, for every CoverGirl, Pantene, Crest and Oral-B 3DWhite product sold at Walgreens, Walgreens.com, or Duane Reade between 1/6 and 1/9, Walgreens will make a $1 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop they eliminate childhood cancer entirely.
 
Walgreens, the official retail sponsor of PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2016, is once again presenting the award for Favorite Humanitarian in conjunction with the company’s purpose to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy. Past winners of the award include Sandra Bullock in 2013 in recognition of her work with the Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, Jennifer Hudson in 2014 to honor her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation and Ben Affleck in 2015 to recognize his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative.
 
DeGeneres is a 15-time People’s Choice Awards winner and a nominee again in 2016 for Favorite Talk Show Host, putting her in contention to become tied for the most People’s Choice Award wins in the 42-year history of the franchise.
 
Tickets to the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 show are available for fans to purchase through AXS.com.
 
ABOUT ST. JUDE CHILDREN RESEARCH HOSPITAL
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
 
ABOUT WALGREENS
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country. 
 
ABOUT PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Now in its 42nd year, the People’s Choice Awards is the only major awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favorites in movies, music, television and digital.  The People’s Choice official website at www.PeoplesChoice.com houses the voting platform where fans determine the nominees and winners for the annual awards show.  Every year, potential nominees are determined by national ratings averages, box-office grosses, music & gaming sales, social activity and PeoplesChoice.com data, then vetted through E-Poll Market Research.  Fred Nelson is the President of People’s Choice, and serves alongside Mark Burnett and Jane Mun as Executive Producers of the awards show. The awards show, and digital, mobile and social extensions of the brand are owned by Procter & Gamble, and produced by United Artist Media Group (UAMG) a joint venture among MGM, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Corporation. MGM will serve as the international distributor.
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­People’s Choice Awards 2016 Contacts:
Andy Gelb / Rachael Trager | Slate PR | 310-461-0111 | andy@slate-pr.com / rachael@slate-pr.com
Johanna McCabe | People's Choice | 212-969-7515 | Johanna@uamg.com