Ne-Yo, Katharine Heigel and Josh Kelley were among the 113 honored as “Angels in Adoption.”
Ne-Yo, an award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer, was honored for starting a foundation for orphans. In remarks to the press, he said that a business partner first brought the issue to his attention.
“A lot of the people who worked with us came up through group homes and things of that nature,” Ne-Yo said. “What we realized is, the system is functional but it doesn’t work. There’s definitely a standpoint of food, shelter, things of that nature, but as far as inspiration to be anything other than a kid that came from a group home, not so much. So that’s where we put together the Compound Foundation to let these kids know that your circumstance is not a stopping block, it’s a speed bump.”