Friday, May 20, 2011

Comedian, Radio Personality & Best-Selling Author Steve Harvey Announces 2011 Ford Hoodie Awards

Anthony Anderson, Kevin Hart, Kyle Massey, Among Celebrity Presenters at Annual Awards Show Created to Honor Community Businesses and Leaders

LAS VEGAS, NV (May 19, 2011) – After a stellar 8th year with a sold-out crowd of 12,000, it’s that time of year again for multi-faceted entertainer Steve Harvey to host the 2011 Ford Hoodie Awards. Being held on August 13th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the ever-popular awards show will recognize some of the best businesses, schools and leaders in communities across the nation. The presenters for this year’s Hoodie Awards include Anthony Anderson, Kevin Hart, Kyle Massey, Elise Neal and George Wallace, with live performances by R&B Soul stars Kem, Jill Scott, plus Gospel singer Kirk Franklin.

Celebrating the everyday men and women who impact and uplift the community with their service and passion for what they do, the Hoodie Awards are the crowning honor for communities to recognize their long-standing or even new businesses, churches, schools and leaders in the categories of Best High School, Best High School Teacher, Best Church, Best Church Choir, Best Soul Food, Best Barbecue, Best Fried Chicken, Best Car Wash/Detail Shop, Best Beauty Salon, Best Nail Salon, Best Barber Shop and Best Community Leader. The nomination period in the twelve categories runs May 23rd to June 8th, and voting on the nominees runs June 27th to July 13th, with nominations and voting for one category per day.

Guests this year will be treated to an even bigger blow-out throughout the four-day weekend with new events added to the list of well-loved staples. The Hoodie Awards Weekend, August 11th-14th, will feature the Ladies Gambling Party hosted by Shirley Strawberry and Carla Ferrell and State Farm Singing Hoodie Finals hosted by Cedric The Entertainer with performances by Eric Benet and more on August 11th; The Nielsen Company Hoodie Awards Interactive Expo, Hillshire Farm Freedom Friday Party with performances by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Faith Evans, and the Midnight Comedy Jam hosted by Sheryl Underwood on August 12th; the Hoodie Awards Nominee Luncheon, Screening of Gyre Entertainment’s film “From the Rough” starring Taraji P. Henson, 9th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards Show hosted by Steve Harvey with performances from Kirk Franklin, Kem, Jill Scott and more, and Ford Hoodie Awards VIP After Party hosted by Kevin Hart with music by DJ Kid Capri on August 13th; culminating with The Steve Harvey Foundation Charity Golf Tournament and Hoodie Awards Charity Beach Party with performances by MC Hammer and Raphael Saadiq on August 14th. The Steve Harvey Morning Show presented by Outback Steakhouse will also be broadcasting live on Friday, August 12th.

Created in 2001 by Steve Harvey & producing partner Rushion McDonald, The Hoodie Awards recognize the countless contributions and dedication of the everyday men and women who are the backbone of their neighborhoods, working together as independent businesses, churches and more to nurture and strengthen their communities. Always a sold-out event, the Hoodie Awards is an event that the superstar entertainer and New York Times best-selling author looks forward to hosting every year, saying “In tough times and even in good times, it can be difficult for independent businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive, and these individuals continue to be beloved in their community for everything they do teaching the kids, inspiring their congregations, and enriching the neighborhood with their hard work and expert service.” Harvey adds, “I am blown away and humbled by the throngs of men and women who come to enjoy Vegas and support each other at the Hoodies every year, and I am grateful for the supporters, celebrities and performers who help make these celebrations unforgettable and cheer on everyone’s special accomplishments.”

In addition to presenting sponsor Ford, the 2011 Hoodie Awards activities are being made possible with gracious support from State Farm Insurance, Hillshire Farm, The Home Depot, Outback Steakhouse, Wells Fargo, Prudential, SoftSheen-Carson, Magic Shave, AT&T, Gyre Entertainment, The Nielsen Company, K&G Fashion Superstores, General Mills and more for the weekend. Tickets and packages for the 9th Annual awards show and weekend festivities are currently available for purchase, with packages on track to sell out quickly. Tickets are available for purchase at and the Mandalay Bay box office.

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