The actor, writer and producer will be presented with the fifth annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian at Wednesday’s ceremony.
“Perry was chosen as this year’s honoree in recognition of his efforts to change lives all over the world for the better,” organizers said in a statement. “With the help of the Tyler Perry Foundation he has donated millions of dollars to organizations such as Feeding America, the NAACP, Charity Water, among others, all in effort to help eradicate homelessness, support civil rights causes and aid survivors of devastating natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina.”
“What I try to do about life and what I’m trying to do is be a balance-keeper, meaning that when I hear something dark or see something that’s wrong or terrible or something that I really have no control over and I can’t really do anything about, what I would do is if I see something like that on the news is I would try to do something kind for someone to keep some balance in the world,” Perry said in a video posted on his Instagram page Tuesday.
People’s Choice Awards sponsor Enterprise Rent-A-Car is donating $100,000 to Perry’s charity of choice, the Global Medical Relief Fund for Children.