Michael Kassan Named 2021 Walt Disney Philanthropist of the Year

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) is honoring Michael E. Kassan as the 2021 Walt Disney Philanthropist of the Year recipient at the hybrid "The Big Night Out and In" gala this Thursday October 21st. The award is presented annually to an individual who sets a high standard of excellence in their professional accomplishments and, personal humanitarianism and has made a significant impact in the areas of youth empowerment. Michael has recently been inducted as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Board of Directors.

Instacart President Carolyn Everson, who will introduce Michael, commented: "This honor recognizes what we all know to be true about Michael -- he is inherently generous, kind, has a massive heart, and has a deep passion for mentoring and empowering our youth. Michael has been involved with this organization for years and has been devoted to the mission -- supporting the youth of Los Angeles in underserved communities by providing one-to-one mentoring and building those tight-knit relationships for our future generations."

The recognition by BBBSLA reinforces Michael's career-long commitment to mentorship. As he comments, "Mentorship is what lifts us up in both our personal and professional experiences, and it represents the foundation of a successful life path. Having lived in Los Angeles for a long time, I've witnessed firsthand that BBBSLA understands this better than most and have watched with awe at how they've transformed our community for the better."

Michael is the founder, Chairman and CEO of MediaLink and is a trusted advisor to most leaders in the media, marketing, entertainment and technology C-Suite. MediaLink is a part of Ascential pLc, a specialist global information company that acquired the firm in 2017. In 2019, Kassan was inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Hall of Fame. He has been named one of the top media executives in America by Ad Age and in 2018 was honored on Adweek's "Power 100" list and on Variety's index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global entertainment industry. Michael has also been named to The Hollywood Reporter's "Silicon Beach 25" list of the most powerful digital players in L.A.

To learn more about Big Night Out Gala tickets:https://www.classy.org/event/2021-big-night-out-in-gala/e338317

Donate to BBBSLA: https://www.classy.org/give/225263/#!/donation/checkout

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