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2018 Television Industry Advocacy Awards Honors Stars That Give Back

The Creative Coalition (www.TheCreativeCoalition.org), a nonprofit charity dedicated to using the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns held their annual Television Industry Advocacy Awards during Emmy weekend in Los Angeles. 

Hosted by past honoree Niecy Nash, the event honored Debra Messing, Patricia Heaton, Sela Ward, Abigail Disney, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bill Prady and Madchen Amick. 

Debra Messing was honored for her work with Population Services International (PSI) which is a global nonprofit organization that works in partnership with local governments, ministries of health and local organizations focusing on the encouragement of healthy behavior and affordability of health products.

Patricia Heaton is a founding member of World Vision’s Celebrity Ambassador Network which focuses on conducting relief, development, and advocacy activities in its work with children, families, and their communities in nearly 100 countries. 

Wendi McLendon-Covey was honored for her work with WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls.

Sela Ward received the Creating Opportunities Award presented by BBVA for Hope Village for Children, which provides specialized treatment programs, services and facilities to meet the needs of neglected and abused children and their families.

Abigail Disney was recognized for her work on behalf of Search for Common Ground, an organization dedicated to change the way in which people go about resolving violent conflict around the world and at all levels of society.

Mädchen Amick was honored for her charity work with The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI NYC), whose mission is to help individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives through education, support and advocacy.

Bill Prady was honored for his ongoing support of The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment, founded by Chuck Lorre, a UCLA fund that provides financial aid to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Prady is the co-creator and executive producer of "The Big Bang Theory." 

Check out interviews with honorees Prady and McLendon-Covey about giving back and how it feels to be in the entertainment industry. 

Wendi McLendon-Covey:

Bill Prady: 

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