OK, so it’s not all about women. But, DoSomething.org is all about being #bold. And, this year, the Do Something Awards are being hosted by Jane Lynch, the coolest new comedic talent to hit the scene. Do Something is a great organization that promotes and encourages charitable acts.
The Do Something Awards have grown steadily since 2007, being seen on both The CW and as a part of the 2008-9 Teen Choice Awards. Celebrity presenters & participants have included hot acts like Scarlett Johansson, Usher, Lauren Conrad, Nick Cannon, Akon, and more.
In 2010, the Do Something Awards reached new heights, airing LIVE from Los Angeles on Vh1. Hosted by GLEE’s Jane Lynch, the high-energy mix of pop culture & activism featured performances by Travie McCoy & Bruno Mars, Lifehouse, Natasha Beddingfield, and Jane herself. In addition to our signature award, the show honored celebs like the Jonas Brothers, Kathy Griffin, Kellan Lutz, and Snoop Dogg for their dedication to doing good. Megan Fox was even on-hand to introduce one of our 5 ‘Do Something Award’ nominees.
Now, we’re not promoting the female candidates over the male in any way. But, we are a strong women’s publication. So, we’d like to highlight two of the five candidates who are up for the Do Something Awards. For more information, or to vote, you can check out www.dosomething.org
Taryn Guerrero Davis, 25
When she was just 21, Taryn received devastating news: Her husband, Corporal Michael Davis, had been killed in Iraq. While her family provided emotional support, she still felt lost and alone. When her Google search for “widow” turned up the result: “Do you mean window?” she knew she had to take action. Taryn created The American Widow Project to provide resources to the 3,000+ other women around the country whose husbands have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. This national movement has served and united over 700 widows so far, using peer-to-peer retreats, counseling, and virtual tools.
Sarah Cronk, 18
Sarah watched her older brother Charlie struggle to fit in during high school because of his disabilities. He was depressed and anxious, until the captain of the swim team invited him to join. Suddenly, the cool kids welcomed him, and he found a new group of friends. Inspired by Charlie, Sarah co-founded the first high school-based inclusive cheerleading squad in the nation. Today, The Sparkle Effect has generated 26 squads in 15 states and South Africa, encouraging a culture of acceptance in every community.
The Do Something Awards air on Thursday, August 18th at 9/8c on VH1.