Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating officer at Universal Studios Hollywood, will receive the William Shatner Humanitarian Award from the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles at the group’s annual “250 Dinner” benefiting the Foundation for Camp Straus, on Thursday, November 19.
“Camp Max Straus has developed a program that takes kids out of the orbit of their day-to-day life and provides them with a model of personal growth. I’m proud to be associated with an organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of its campers and, indirectly, in the lives of the many, many people who they will touch,” said Mr. Kurzweil.
Mr. Kurzweil, who this month marks his tenth anniversary as Universal Studios Hollywood’s president, is noted for instilling an employee and community-focused culture at the company, centered on a set of core values including the principle, “Do The Right Thing.” The latter value is at the heart of the company’s corporate culture and is the mission of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Discover A Star Foundation. Under Mr. Kurzweil’s stewardship, the Foundation has quadrupled its funding and has distributed over $5 million to a range of community organizations focusing on homeless and needy children.
Mr. Kurzweil also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, supporting the largest community hospital in the San Fernando Valley.
The Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes the CityWalk entertainment complex, is part of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of NBC Universal.
For more than 90 years, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBS) has enriched the lives of thousands of children throughout the greater Los Angeles area by providing excellence in mentoring. JBBBS offers innovative programs and services that facilitate lasting mentoring relationships that provide measurable positive impacts and help children to reach their true potential.
JBBBS provides a broad variety of innovative, highly regarded mentoring programs and services regardless of a family’s ability to pay, including:
– Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, one-to-one mentoring program for Jewish children
– School-based mentoring, a non-denominational peer-to-peer mentoring program between high school and lower class students
– Camp Max Straus, a non-denominational residential summer camp for underserved children
– Sports Buddies and Arts Buddies, two separate weekend mentoring programs for all children
– JBBBS Scholarship program
– Witherbee Wilderness Backpacking Program.