Photo: Luis Fonsi
Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Luis Fonsi has been giving back to his community for many years, and next week he’ll receive a distinguished honor from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for his efforts. The 9th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala, presented by Trafalgar Capital Advisors, will honor Fonsi on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 7:00 PM at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, FL, with the 2011 “Al-Rashid Hope Award.” The award will commemorate his commitment to the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as well as his contributions to the entertainment industry.
Since 2006, Fonsi has lent his voice and image to help the children of St. Jude. He was one of the first Latin celebrities, along with Daisy Fuentes, to adopt the mission of St. Jude as his own. In 2009, he became an official spokesperson of the Thanks and Giving® campaign, a national initiative that asks the community to ‘give thanks for the healthy kids in their lives and give to those who are not.’ In 2010, Fonsi took part in a 30-minute program for St. Jude’s “Partners in Hope” program, through which donors have the opportunity to support St. Jude throughout the year. After Fonsi visited the hospital to perform for patients, one of his greatest hits “No Me Doy Por Vencido” (I Will Not Give Up) quickly became an anthem for the children and families at St. Jude.
Professionally, Luis Fonsi has been the recipient of multiple awards at Premios lo Nuestro and Premios Juventud. In 2009, he won the Latin Grammy for Latin Artist of the Year and Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay Song of the Year for 2010. On December 11, 2009, Fonsi was selected to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway honoring laureate President Barack Obama.