Arquette, Judd among annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award honorees

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Muhammad Ali Center's fifth annual Humanitarian Awards honor five people making a difference around the world. 

The center announced the honorees on Friday.  Academy award-winning actress Patricia Arquette will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's ceremony in September. She is being honored for her years of work promoting equality, clean water and public health.  Arquette founded GiveLove in 2010 following the earthquake in Haiti.

The Humanitarian of the Year goes to Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite. Her humanitarian efforts include establishing the World Women's Health and Development Forum at the United Nations and her role in getting the U.N. to proclaim February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. She is also the founder of MUTE International program, which protects the human rights of the deaf and hearing-impaired. 

Kentucky-born actress Ashley Judd will receive the Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award. Judd is a well-known feminist and social activist. She is active with organizations that support international public health and population services.  She is also the Chairperson of the Women's Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom.

Africa Yoga Project founder Paige Elenson will be honored for Global Citizenship. She has been teaching yoga for more than a decade. The native New Yorker uses yoga as a way to empower the children and women of Kenya. 

Actor and author Hill Harper will be honored with the Humanitarian Award for Education. Many may know the actor from his roles in CSI: New York and HBO's Homeland.  But he's also the author of three New York Times best-selling books: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. Hill is also the founder of The Manifest Your Destiny Foundation which is dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and inspiring under-served youth.

Michael Buffer will serve as emcee of the September 23 event at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. He is best-known for wearing a tuxedo and growling his trademarked phrase "Let's get ready to rumble!"  

The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are meant to celebrate people who make a global difference. As in years past, there are six honorees 30 or younger being honored for each of Muhammad's Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality. 

Presenters at this year's awards includes Lonnie Ali, the widow of Muhammad Ali, Jamillah Ali-Joyce, daughter of Muhammad Ali, 

Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of WaterStep, Allan Houston, Assistant General Manager of the New York Knicks and Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center.

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