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Sandra Bullock accepts first ever People's Choice Humanitarian Award

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Bullock named first favorite humanitarian

Sandra Bullock was honored at the People's Choice Awards on Jan. 9 for her truly outstanding philanthropic work with Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sandra Bullock receives Favorite Humanitarian Award at the People's Choice Awards.

Sandra Bullock was gracious and elegant as she accepted the first ever People's Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian. Bullock was presented with the Favorite Humanitarian Award for her significant volunteer efforts with Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Bullock states that after Hurricane Katrina, about six years ago, she became deeply connected to the local community and dedicated herself to the cause of bringing Warren Easton Charter back to life. As Sandra states, the remarkable story surrounding Warren Easton Charter is about, "commitment, community, volunteerism, blind faith and a whole lot of love."

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Warren Easton Charter was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and the local community feared a safe haven for the kids would be lost forever. "After Katrina, the push to open this school didn't exist. The plan was to, maybe, turn it into condominiums," says Sandra. Determined to reopen Warren Easton Charter despite the obstacles, a group formed and called themselves the Hall of Fame Committee — comprised of faculty, staff, alumni and community members — and they worked together to save Warren Easton Charter.

Sandra Bullock stepped in when she learned Warren Easton Charter needed outside help to restore the school. She provided new band equipment and uniforms to allow students to continue their chance to express themselves through music. Bullock also donated substantial funds for college scholarships, athletic equipment, necessary renovations and even a health care clinic.

Congratulations to Sandra Bullock on receiving the first ever People's Choice Favorite Humanitarian Award.

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