Ellen DeGeneres at book Signing of 'Seriously... I'm Kidding'! at Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles in 2011. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Ellen DeGeneres at book Signing of ‘Seriously… I’m Kidding’! at Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles in 2011. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Actress, comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will receive the fourth annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian in recognition of her charitable work, officials announced Monday.

“I am so honored to be receiving the People’s Choice Humanitarian Award. I think it sums me up perfectly as I am both a human and an itarian,” DeGeneres quipped.

She will be honored during the People’s Choice Awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Organizers said she was chosen in honor of her “tireless efforts to help communities in need and bring awareness to organizations and charities that are making a difference in people’s lives.”

In recognition of the honor, Walgreens will make a donations to her chosen charity — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Walgreens officials also said a $1 donation will be made to St. Jude for every CoverGirl, Pantene, Crest and Oral-B 3DWhite product sold at Walgreens, Walgreens.com, or Duane Reade stores between Wednesday and Saturday.

Past winners of the award include Sandra Bullock for her work with the Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, Jennifer Hudson for her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation and Ben Affleck for his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative.

DeGeneres is a 15-time People’s Choice Award winner. She is nominated this year for favorite talk show host, giving a chance to tie the record for most wins in the 42-year history of the awards show.

—City News Service

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