ARTS FOR HUMANITY AWARD
In October of 2012 the Elie Wiesel Foundation bestowed its inaugural Arts for Humanity Award on acclaimed actor, producer and humanitarian Tom Hanks. The event, held at the New York Public Library’s Celeste Bartos Forum celebrated the numerous charitable endeavors of Mr. Hanks. These include his work with the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, ONE Campaign, National Space Society, Hole in the Wall Gang, Got Your 6 Campaign and the New Orleans World War II Museum to name but a few.
Tom Hanks holds the distinction of being the first actor in 50 years to be awarded back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards ®: in 1993 as the AIDS-stricken lawyer in Philadelphia and the following year in the title role of Forrest Gump. He also won Golden Globes for both of these performances, along with his work in Big and Cast Away.
A gifted actor and producer, Tom Hanks proves that success can have far-reaching rewards. His charitable work helps people around the world. His belief in the importance of remembering the past combined with his efforts on behalf of those in need create an exemplary humanitarian and a most fitting recipient of our inaugural Arts for Humanity Award.
In recognizing artists not only for their intrinsic talent but for their concern for others, the Arts for Humanity Award strives to highlight the important role performers play in global well-being. Future honorees will reflect the essential values which the Foundation holds dear.