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VH1 Do Something Awards honor those who give back

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Singer and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson will be honored at the VH1 Do Something Awards for creating Hatch Day with her sister in honor of her nephew, who was murdered. The organization collects and distributes school supplies and Christmas presents.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a star on ABC's "Modern Family," will be honored at the VH1 Do Something Awards for his organization Tie the Knot, which he founded with his fiancee Justin Mikita. He was in Naperville earlier this year to launch Bow Tie Lobby Day to support marriage equality.

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Earlier this year, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon adjusted the bow tie of actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, center, along with his partner Justin Mikita, after discussing legislation on gay marriage in Illinois. Ferguson, a star on ABC's "Modern Family," will be honored at the VH1 Do Something Awards for his organization Tie the Knot.

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All too often, we hear millennials are slackers so plugged into their own worlds they're terminally disengaged from everyone else. Yet there are legions of people younger than 25 making a difference. The VH1 Do Something Awards celebrate generally unknown young good Samaritans, in addition to five celebrities making a difference. The show airs live from the Avalon in Hollywood Wednesday, July 31.
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    • Singer and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson will be honored at the VH1 Do Something Awards for creating Hatch Day with her sister in honor of her nephew, who was murdered. The organization collects and distributes school supplies and Christmas presents.
    •  Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a star on ABC’s “Modern Family,” will be honored at the VH1 Do Something Awards for his organization Tie the Knot, which he founded with his fiancee Justin Mikita. He was in Naperville earlier this year to launch Bow Tie Lobby Day to support marriage equality.
    •  Earlier this year, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon adjusted the bow tie of actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, center, along with his partner Justin Mikita, after discussing legislation on gay marriage in Illinois. Ferguson, a star on ABC’s “Modern Family,” will be honored at the VH1 Do Something Awards for his organization Tie the Knot.
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