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- Posted on Jan 27th 2011 11:00AM by Brian Voerding
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The 65-year-old music legend will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, given to prominent musicians with a significant history of charitable work. And, in Young's case, a heart of gold.
Young was selected primarily because of his work in founding -- along with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp -- the Farm Aid concert series in 1985, with all proceeds going to support struggling farmers across America. The awareness the event generated led to significant Congressional reforms that allowed farmers to save their land and business during the decade's farm crisis.
In 1987, Young and his wife Pegi created the Bridge School, which educates students who struggle with severe speech and physical impairments. Both of Young's sons have cerebral palsy, and his daughter suffers from epilepsy.
The award will be presented to Young, who has taken home five Junos over the years, on March 27 during the televised ceremony. Previous Allan Waters Award winners include Bryan Adams, Bruce Cockburn and Sarah McLachlan.