Singer Dionne Warwick Honored With Marian Anderson Award

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A prestigious award is given out every year (since 1998) in Philadelphia to artists or individuals whose body of work has improved the world, beyond the power of entertainment. This year’s Marian Anderson Award recipient was announced Thursday afternoon.

Internationally known pop icon Dionne Warwick is this years Marian Anderson Award recipient. City representative Shiela Hess at the announcement says Ms.Warwick is going to be honored for her entertainment accomplishments and for her support for many philanthropic campaigns.

“She is easily one of the most recognizable voices in America and faces, but its also the work that she has done to address HIV and AIDS in the U.S. and really funding that research for a cure that really makes her stand out,” said Hess.

Past honorees include Patti LaBelle, James Earl Jones, Jon Bon Jovi and Oprah Winfrey.

Tickets are available for the Marian Anderson award gala dinner on Nov. 14. For more information, click here.

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  1. The Psychic Friends Network is busted. The parent company of the Dionne Warwick’s prognosticatin’ phone line filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcty protection earlier this week, claiming it has some $26 million worth of red ink and only $1.2 million in assets.
    Um, shouldn’t they have seen this coming?

    Inphomation Communication Inc., the Baltimore company that pretty much pioneered the proliferation of 900 numbers, will be allowed under federal law to continue its operations and reorganize its bankbook while postponing the payment of its massive debts.

    Born in 1990 and grown fat on Warwick’s half-hour infomercial pitches, Psychic Friends boasted a staff of 2,000 chummy fortune tellers all only a two-buck phone call away. (In fact, the Warwick ads once ranked second only to Jane Fonda’s spots pitching her exercise video in terms of infomercial grosses.)

    Within a few years, Inphomation’s haul was in the $100-125 million range, according to industry estimates. But in the past two years, profits plunged to the $25 million mark, Steve Dworman, publisher of the L.A.-based Infomercial Marketing Report, tells Associated Press.

    He blames a glut of similar pay-per-prediction chat lines (such as LaToya Jackson’s) and mismanagement by company owner Michael Lasky for Inphomation’s bottom line bottoming out.

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