Fantasia, Sherri Shepherd, Holly Robinson Peete, The O’Jays and Angie Stone Among the Celebrity Presenters and Performers At Sold-Out Awards Show Honoring Community Businesses and Leaders
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 30, 2010) – On Saturday, August 28, 2010 more than 10,000 people converged at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to support multi-faceted entertainer Steve Harvey’s 8th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards. Created by Harvey to celebrate the country’s best neighborhood businesses and leaders in 12 categories, the star-studded night featured celebrities such as Sherri Shepherd, Holly Robinson Peete, LisaRaye and more presenting Hoodie Awards to a plethora of winners from Illinois to Florida. The stage rocked from the opening medley performed by Rock-and-Rock Hall of Famers, The O’Jays, R&B songstress Angie Stone and closed with a soulful, inspiring and uplifting performance by American Idol winner, Fantasia.
This year’s sold-out awards show also put more fans in the house with the first-ever live webcast of the Ford Hoodie Awards on http://www.steveharvey.com/, sponsored by The Nielsen Company and produced and live-streamed using the NewTek TriCaster™ portable live production system. Established in 2001, The Hoodie Awards were created by Steve Harvey and his producing partner Rushion McDonald to recognize the efforts and strides that the stars of our neighborhoods are making in the cities and towns in which they live. The superstar entertainer and New York Times best-selling author feels that although celebrities, politicians and corporate CEOs are typically lauded for their accomplishments, all too often the hard work of the “common” man and woman goes unnoticed.
“Every year, the fans, nominees, performers, presenters and everyone tear the roof off this show with show-stopping moments, and this year we really brought the house down with a ton of surprises,” says Harvey. “From first-time winners to a lot of repeat winners, it’s great to see how loved and inspiring the nominees are in their communities. I’m so grateful to all the presenters, performers, and sponsors that came together with me to make this weekend an unforgettable blowout,” he adds.
With the first-ever live webcast of this year’s sold-out 8th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards hosted by Steve Harvey, fans who couldn’t make it to Vegas flocked to http://www.steveharvey.com/ to watch the show unfold from all over the world. More than 100,000 viewers from 24 countries tuned in to the star-studded show, which started live-streaming after 10:30 pm EST.
The one-of-a-kind awards show was the centerpiece of a packed weekend full of celebrity-filled events and fun, all for a great purpose. Additional activities included live broadcasts of The Steve Harvey Morning Show sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, the Hillshire Farm Freedom Friday Party that featured performances from the legendary Charlie Wilson & Doug E. Fresh, the 5-hour Energy Midnight Comedy Jam hosted by Nephew Tommy; and inspiring, informative seminars and activities with Steve Harvey and other talents and professionals including editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine, Angela Burt-Murray. On Sunday featured the AT&T Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Harvey and the Burger King Charity Beach Party with performances by R&B stars Joe and Keith Sweat and a surprise performance by Flavor Flav, with proceeds benefiting the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men.
In addition to presenting sponsor Ford, the 2010 Hoodie Awards weekend was made possible with the gracious support of Glory Foods, Hillshire Farm, The Home Depot, Kodak, Wells Fargo, Budget Rent-A-Car, the National Education Association, Outback Steakhouse, 5-hour Energy, Prudential, State Farm Insurance, Optimum Care, Magic Shave, AT&T, Burger King and The Nielsen Company.
The 2010 winners of the 8th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards hosted by Steve Harvey are:
Best Fried Chicken – Carey’s Cuisine, Temple Hills, MD
Best Nail Salon sponsored by Wells Fargo – Salon Couture, District Heights, MD
Best High School Teacher sponsored by the National Education Association - Kathleen Bowens, Upper Marlboro, MD
Best Car Wash/Detail Shop sponsored by Budget Rent-A-Car – Show Room Shine Express Detailing, St. Louis, MO
Best Church Choir sponsored by Glory Foods – Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago
Best Soul Food Place sponsored by Hillshire Farm – Mama Nem’s Soul Food, Orlando, FL
Best Barbershop sponsored by Magic Shave – JoeyCuts Barber Salon, Kansas City, MO
Best Beauty Salon sponsored by Optimum Care – M Salon 1, Tampa, FL
Best High School sponsored by State Farm Insurance – I.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, VA
Best Barbecue sponsored by The Home Depot – Big Daddy’s BBQ, Gary, IN
Best Church – First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Upper Marlboro, MD
Best Community Leader sponsored by Ford Motor Company – Denise Warren, Jamaica, NY
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