Ricky Martin, Joe L. Morgan and Stephen M. Ross to Present Awards to Jackie Robinson Foundation Honorees Moreno, Finnegan and Tagliabue at Star-Studded Awards Dinner

En Vogue to perform

Annual Awards Dinner Scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2012 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City

Legendary Entertainer Bill Cosby to Once Again Host Star-Studded Gala for Nation’s Premiere Minority Scholarship and Mentoring Program

NEW YORK (February 24, 2012) – The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has announced the presenters of the 2012 ROBIE Awards for its Annual Awards Dinner on Monday, March 5 at 6:30pm at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. This star-studded event promises to be an unforgettable evening honoring three true philanthropists. Grammy award-winning music superstar Ricky Martin will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary performing artist Rita Moreno. Former Cincinnati Red and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe L. Morgan will present the ROBIE Achievement in Industry Award to Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chubb Corporation John D. Finnegan, and the ROBIE Humanitarian Award will be presented by the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Related Companies Stephen M. Ross to Former NFL Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University Paul Tagliabue. The evening will also include a musical performance by the multi-platinum, female R&B vocal group En Vogue accompanied by the Ray Chew Band featuring Onreé Gill.

Hosted by legendary entertainer Bill Cosby, the iconic event pays tribute to individuals who embody the humanitarian ideals of Jackie Robinson and raises funds for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The Foundation provides generous, four-year college scholarships, graduate school grants, and extensive mentoring to academically-distinguished minority students with financial need and leadership capacity. Martin L. Edelman, Esq., Of Counsel to Paul Hastings LLP will serve as event chair.

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation:

Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is the nation’s premier education and leadership development program. Transcending financial assistance, the Foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including internship placement, career guidance, and practical life skills, resulting in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for minority students. The over 1,400 JRF alumni are both leaders in their professional fields and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service.

This 2011-2012 academic year, JRF is providing generous financial aid and program support to 208 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars representing 31 states and the District of Columbia and enrolled in 90 different colleges and universities across the country.

For more information about JRF, visit http://www.jackierobinson.org.

Media Contact:
The Jackie Robinson Foundation
Valaida Wynn Guerrero
media@jackierobinson.org, 212-290-8600