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Exclusive: Sarah Hyland, Allyson Felix at Giving Awards

Good deeds rewarded Saturday

The Modern Family star and Olympic gold medalist are among a star-studded list of celebrities who will celebrate average folks with big hearts on NBC Dec. 8.

Sarah Hyland at Trevor Live

In an exclusive for SheKnows.com, Chase announced today that Modern Family star Sarah Hyland and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix will be among the presenters at the American Giving Awards, airing on NBC Saturday, Dec. 8 9/8c.

The awards will be hosted by Joel McHale, star of NBC's Community; other presenters include Gary Sinise (CSI: NY), Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg, 1600 Penn), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids).

Colbie Caillat, Darius Rucker and Lifehouse with Natasha Bedingfield will also perform sets at the awards show.

So what are the American Giving Awards? This is only the second year of the show, so you're forgiven if you haven't heard of them yet. The awards show honors charitable organizations and philanthropists.

This year, the AGA Leadership Award winner is Glenn Close, for her work with the nonprofit she founded, BringChange2Mind. Close's sister and nephew both have mental illnesses, and BringChange2Mind works to lessen the stigma for those who likewise suffer from mental disorders.

Viewers may have heard of BringChange2Mind, as three years ago Ron Howard directed a PSA on mental illness starring Close and her family members. That PSA was broadcast widely. ABC's The View, among others, ran it as part of a segment on Close.

Other charities will be honored for their good works. Five charities will even split $2 million in grants from Chase. Charities in the running include the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, which helps severely disabled people learn to communicate using the iPad, and Half the Sky, which hopes to win a grant to open homes for Chinese orphans.

Gosh, kinda makes other, more prurient awards shows seem a little icky. MTV's Movie Award categories include "Best On-Screen Dirtbag" and "Best Kiss." Huh.

Image courtesy Brian To/WENN.com
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