updated 3/30/2011 5:46:59 PM ET 2011-03-30T21:46:59

TAMPA, Fla., March 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is proud to announce that celebrity host Justin Timberlake will be honored at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards this Saturday, April 2. Timberlake will receive the Big Help Award which recognizes individuals who take actions to better the world and whose significant impact on their community has inspired kids to do the same.

Justin Timberlake has turned his love of golf and his passion for helping into an annual PGA tournament that raises funds and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open features a series of events including a celebrity pro-am and the Justin Timberlake and Friends Concert which in years past has featured stars such as Sir Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys among others.

"I was inspired at a young age by my parents and family to do everything possible to give back to the world around us," said Timberlake. "And it has become a mission of mine to help kids of all ages understand the importance of getting involved in their communities and local charities and doing their part to preserve the planet."

In addition to the annual Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Timberlake has participated in several public service announcement campaigns for Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals, where all care and services are provided regardless of the patients' ability to pay.

The 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards will air on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open will take place in Las Vegas from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2, 2011.

Fabiana Lowe
Shriners Hospitals for Children
813-281-7164
Filowe@shrinenet.org

About Shriners Hospitals for Children:
From innovative pediatric specialty care to world-class research and outstanding medical education, Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day. With 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico, we provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, cleft lip and palate, and spinal cord injuries regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org

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