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Entertainment Industry Veteran Suzanne de Passe To Be Honored at 2018 HAL Awards
Legendary producer, Suzanne de Passe, will be honored with the HAL Icon Award at the 29th Annual Tribute to Heroes And Legends, September 23, 2018.
By: HAL Awards Scholarship Fund
Suzanne de Passe was an integral component in the growth of Motown in the 70's and 80's. She brought hit-making artists to the record label, including Lionel Richie and The Commodores, Thelma Houston, Billy Preston, Teena Marie, Rick James, Stephanie Mills and most notably, The Jackson 5. She also helped move Motown into the Hollywood limelight with Lady Sings the Blues, the screenplay she co-wrote for the Billy Holiday biopic, starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, which was nominated for five Academy Awards. She also produced the Emmy winning classic television special, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, Motown Returns to the Apollo and Lonesome Dove.
The HAL Awards annually spotlight positive role models from many diverse backgrounds, including leaders in the fields of music, theatre, film, television and business each year at the HAL Awards Scholarship Dinner.
The event is the major fundraiser for The Heroes And Legends (HAL) Scholarship Foundation which provides scholarship funds for talented young people with artistic aspirations. The Foundation was founded by celebrated songwriter and Motown Alumna, Janie Bradford to aid "at risk" youth and to publicly recognize others who share her vision. The Berry Gordy Family Foundation has been the principle sponsor for the last 20 years.
Previous recipients of the HAL Icon Award include Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, The Temptations and Valerie Simpson.
Since 1990, The HAL Scholarship Foundation has awarded over eighty scholarships to young people with tremendous talent and big dreams!
The 2018 Awards dinner will take place at 5:30pm on September 23rd at the Beverly Hills Hotel. For more information on the event, visit http://www.halawards.com.