Event Benefiting The Creative Coalition Honors Television Industry Leaders Who Give Back Presented by BBVA Compass


LOS ANGELES, CA (August 29, 2018) – The Creative Coalition and Advocacy Honors announce today that Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Sela Ward (“FBI”), Abigail Disney (“The Invisible War”), Mädchen Amick (“Riverdale”), and Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”) are the honorees at the Fourth Annual Television Industry Advocacy Awards benefiting The Creative Coalition on Saturday, September 15th at French luxury hotel Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Additionally, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and SHINE songwriters Andrea Peña and Sawyer Garrity will be honored and will perform their song at the event. It was also announced today that TCL North America, America’s fastest growing TV brand, has joined as an Advocacy Honors sponsor for the 2018 Awards.


The event honors leaders of the television industry who effectively use their voices for social cause. Additional honorees, presenters and attendees will be announced in the coming weeks.   


BBV Compass, one of the top 25 financial institutions in the U.S., will serve as a presenting partner of the event for the third consecutive year as part of its own commitment to creating opportunities in the communities it serves. They will also present their Creating Opportunities Award at the event.


“The Creative Coalition salutes our honorees who truly are shining stars, catalysts and change-makers who maximize their unique platforms in the entertainment industry to bring about positive social welfare impact,” said CEO of The Creative Coalition, Robin Bronk.


“I’m thrilled that our newest event sponsor, TCL North America has jumped on board to support our event celebrating the collective advocacy work of our honorees,” said Paul Turcotte, Founder of the Television Industry Advocacy Awards.


“TCL is excited to join the Television Industry Advocacy Awards in recognizing the admirable work of these esteemed honorees who are dedicated to using their advantages to help those in need. As a company, TCL is also committed to finding ways to give to the communities we serve.” said Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL. “With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness month, it is the perfect time to shed a light on the Emilio Nares Foundation.  This incredible organization helps underserved families navigate through their child’s journey with cancer, providing programs to aid a child’s best chance of recovery. TCL is proud to support their efforts and share this stage with them as we use our corporate, brand celebrity to raise awareness for this important cause.”


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Wendi McLendon-Covey will be 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 will receive 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 will be recognized for her work on behalf of The Daphne Foundation, an organization that empowers community residents affected by poverty, violence and discrimination to result in a more equitable, fair and peaceful New York City.


Mädchen Amick will be 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 will be 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.




About The Creative Coalition

The Creative Coalition (www.TheCreativeCoalition.org) is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the entertainment industry dedicated to using the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition educates its members on issues of public importance. Past recipients of the Television Industry Advocacy Award include Eva Longoria, Alan Cumming, Chrissy Metz, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfre Woodard, Tim Robbins, Anthony Anderson, Constance Zimmer, Jill Soloway, Alyssa Milano, and Laverne Cox, among others.


About Advocacy Honors

Advocacy Honors (AH!) producers of the Television Industry Advocacy Awards produce high level events that support and amplify influential voices and capture national attention that generate millions of impactful media impressions for worthy causes and charities. For additional information, please visit: https://advocacyhonors.com/


About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 649 branches, including 336 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 63 in Arizona, 61 in California, 45 in Florida, 37 in Colorado and 18 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (6th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and ranked 6th nationally in the total number of SBA loans originated in fiscal year 2017. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com. For more BBVA Compass news, follow @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visit newsroom.bbvacompass.com.


About TCL North America

Already one of the world’s best-selling consumer electronics brands, TCL is now the fastest-growing TV brand in North America. TCL (The Creative Life) was founded more than 35 years ago and prides itself on delivering high quality products featuring stylish design and the latest technology. With extensive manufacturing expertise, a vertically integrated supply chain, and state-of-the-art panel factory, TCL offers innovative televisions, including the award-winning TCL® Roku TV™. For additional product information please visit www.tclusa.com.


Contact information:

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