Legendary Oscar®-winner Anthony Hopkins and his Wife Stella Will Receive the 2010 Golden Heart Award

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The Midnight Mission will honor Oscar®-winner Anthony Hopkins and his wife, Stella, with the Golden Heart Award for their tireless commitment to bringing the Mission’s services and programs to the disadvantaged of LA's Skid Row population.

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"I could've been homeless," Mr. Hopkins has said. "I could've been on Skid Row. But fortunately for me I found a way out, and I've had a great, blessed life."

On May 10, 2010, Oscar®-winning actor Anthony Hopkins and his wife, Stella, will be honored at the 10th annual Golden Heart Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The ceremonies celebrate the Hopkins’ dedicated service to the Midnight Mission, a social service agency and shelter for the homeless serving the greater Los Angeles basin and specifically Skid Row.

The Midnight Mission has been an advocate for the homeless and the disadvantaged since 1914, offering programs and services that are the bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless individuals and families alike. From the moment Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins were introduced to the Mission they jumped right in and went to work, offering interactive workshops to the residents in recovery and planning fund-raising auctions to provide shelter and toys for needy children.

Best known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon, Mr. Hopkins is a prolific actor with many legendary roles to his credit, including Legends of the Fall, The Remains of the Day, Amistad, and Fracture, just to name a few.

"Anthony Hopkins and his loving wife, Stella, are examples of what is good and great in our world," said Larry Adamson, president and CEO of the Midnight Mission. "A man whose talents have brought him worldwide recognition, fame and acclaim, he is someone who has much - but always remembers from whence he came. Reaching out to help those who struggle and bring them his life experiences sets him and his wife apart."

"I could've been homeless," Mr. Hopkins has said. "I could've been on Skid Row. But fortunately for me I found a way out, and I've had a great, blessed life." Mr. Hopkins’ well-documented struggles with alcohol in his past is no doubt a trigger for his empathy and his dedication to helping others with similar issues, and it is to that end that he and his wife work so hard.

Ed Begley Jr. will be hosting the night's festivities, and Andy Garcia will be in attendance as Honorary Chair and celebrity presenter, presenting the Hopkins’ with their Golden Heart Award. Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges and his wife Susan are supporting the event both financially and as Honorary Chairs, but are unfortunately unable to attend. Ed Norton is lending his support to the event as well but is also unable to attend.

The Golden Heart Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on May 10, 2010. Tickets for the event are $250, and sponsorships are encouraged and available at a variety of levels from $1,000 - $25,000 (each are partially tax deductible). A reception at 6 PM will be followed by dinner, the awards presentation, and entertainment by comedian Larry Miller.

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