NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — The Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations has announced that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is the recipient of its 2016 Humanitarian Award. Tyler will be honored at the Ambassadors' Ball on Dec. 3 in New York.
Tyler is being recognized for his philanthropic partnership with Youth Villages through Janie's Fund, which he created in 2015 to support vulnerable girls who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect and are being helped by Youth Villages.
In its first year, Janie's Fund has gained 2,700 supporters from 38 countries who have contributed more than $1.9 million to help girls receive evidence-based help so that they can overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. This year, Janie's Fund will allow Youth Villages to provide more than 18,000 days of care to girls in need, directly helping more than 300 girls.
"As a father to three daughters, a son, and, now a grandfather, it broke my heart to learn that each year in America alone 700,000 children are victims of serious abuse or neglect and 68,000 will be sexually abused," Tyler said. "All abuse is wrong — verbal, physical, sexual, emotional. We need to have better ways as parents to help our children and support them. Way too many kids are experiencing abuse, and we want to change that. Enough is enough." – Staff Writers