The late George Michael will be honoured posthumously next month with an award from Project Angel Food, a charity he supported for years.
The Los Angeles-based charity delivers meals to critically-ill patients and on August 19 they’ll honour Michael with the Elizabeth Taylor Humanitarian Award at the 27th Annual Project Angel Food Gala.
Project Angel Food said Michael made a large donation during the AIDS epidemic in 1993 at a time the charity was stretched to the brink feeding an influx of AIDS patients.
“Struggling to make payroll while sacrificing internally for the good of the community, Project Angel Food received an unsolicited donation, placed on the organization’s doorstep,” the charity said in a statement.
“Contained in an envelope was a check and note from George Michael, for the amount of $25,000.”
The note read “Just keep doing what you are doing. Love, George,” and the charity explained Michael donated the same amount every year after that, until the singer died on Christmas day last year. After his arrest in 1998, Michael used his court-mandated community service to deliver meals and work in the charity’s kitchens.
“His quiet generosity helped us, year in and year out, and brought so much goodness to thousands of people we serve,” executive director Richard Ayoub said in December.
Singer Adam Lambert will perform a tribute medley of some of Michael’s hits at the event.