Photo: Eva Longoria
American actress, director and producer Eva Longoria will receive the Women in Film organization’s Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award on Wednesday evening, joining a list of past honorees including George Lucas, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ted Turner, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and Elizabeth Taylor.
Created in 1979, the award is bestowed on individuals who “have demonstrated enlightened support for the advancement of equal opportunity for all and devotion to the improvement of the human condition,” the organization says on its Web site.
The gala dinner will be held at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and raise funds for different educational and philanthropic programs and initiatives.
Since 1977, Women in Film “has annually honored exemplary women in the entertainment industry - women who lead by example, who are creative, groundbreaking, and who excel at their chosen fields,” the organization said in a press release in March.
The other honorees in Wednesday night’s Crystal + Lucy Awards ceremony are Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lee and Rose Byrne.
“The women we are honoring this year represent the best, the brightest and the bravest among us,” Women in Film, Los Angeles President Cathy Schulman said in a statement.
“These five women have distinguished themselves both as artists and as responsible citizens of the world,” Iris Grossman, president emeritus of WIF LA, said. “They inspire us and we in turn are honored to recognize them for all they have given.”
Longoria’s foundation works with women in the Hispanic community, helping girls attend university and adults start their own businesses.
She founded the San Antonio-based Eva’s Heroes organization, which benefits developmentally disabled adolescents, and also is a national spokesperson for Parents Against Cancer, a non-profit group that provides interpreters at hospitals and grocery vouchers to families.