Hollywood - June 12, 2010
Alex O'Loughlin who plays Steve McGarrett in the new CBS Fall series "Hawaii Five-O" and played Dr. Andy Yablonski in "Three Rivers" won the nationwide on-line poll as Donate Life Hollywood's 2010 Person of the Year Award at the Donate Life Film Festival opening VIP event last evening in Beverly Hills.
While filming "Three Rivers", Alex became passionate about the severe shortage of transplantable organs and therefore the need for individuals to register as organ donors. He began working with Tenaya Wallace, Director of the non-profit Donate Life Hollywood to learn more about organ donation and in doing so became a Donate Life Ambassador spokesperson speaking to his fellow artists and industry members as wells as recording CBS Public Service Announcements encouraging viewers to become donors.
The Donate Life Person of the year award voting results were extremely close. Fellow nominees included Les Moonves, President and CEO CBS, R & B recording artist All-4-One, Recording Artist Alex Band, and Olympic gold medalist-liver transplant recipient Chris Klug
The Donate Life Film Festival continues today at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills and will feature screening and panel discussion on the role of media in organ donation. The Festival will conclude with a Gala Award dinner honoring filmmakers from across the United States who have portrayed donation in an inspiring and accurate manner.
Keep checking back here at the Donate Life Organ Donation Blog for more Donate Life Film Festival news.