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Hugh M. Hefner, the legendary editor-in-chief and founder of Playboy Magazine, received a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles Press Club (A non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status Tax ID 01-0761875) at its
|4th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on THURSDAY, November 17, 2011|
"Hefner's footprint on American popular culture is huge," says LA Press Club President Will Lewis. "For almost 60 years, Playboy has been on the leading edge in shaping positive attitudes on civil rights, gay rights—as well as human sexuality."
Under Hefner’s guidance the magazine has championed first amendment rights for ordinary citizens as well as journalists. Since 1979, when the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards were established, more than 100 Americans have been honored for their efforts in preserving the freedoms of speech and of the press.
Among his many contributions to the arts are the legendary Playboy Jazz Festival, substantial donations to USC Annenberg film programs and at the Gala, the Press Club will also hand out plaques honoring entertainment journalists across the nation who work on all media platforms.
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