George Clooney was honored for his humanitarian work by the Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California.
The Oscar winner was presented with his trophy by the organization’s founder, Steven Spielberg, at the Institute’s 2013 Ambassador for Humanity Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City late last week.
Said Spielberg in a statement: “George’s leadership as a human rights advocate and activist has shed light on humanitarian crises across the globe. His efforts around genocide awareness and prevention link closely with the mission of the USC Shoah Foundation, and I am honored to have this opportunity to recognize George as an Ambassador for Humanity. By speaking out for those whose voices might otherwise go unheard, George has been a beacon of hope, exposing crimes against humanity and advancing peacemaking through advocacy and action.”
The event was hosted by Jon Stewart and launched the USC Shoah Foundation Initiative, with a goal of raising $150 million over five years to keep the Visual History Archive running in perpetuity.
Clooney’s Gravity co-star Sandra Bullock was on hand to show her support.
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