ABC/Tyler GoldenKenny Loggins will be recognized for his charitable work at the 8th annual Little Kids Rock Benefit in New York City next month, joining previously announced honoree Smokey Robinson.

The “Footloose” singer will be honored with the non-profit’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for his decades of commitment to children’s causes, including his work with the Children’s Miracle Network and Why Hunger, and his involvement in the 1985 landmark charity single “We Are the World.”

“I’m thrilled to be receiving the Humanitarian Award from Little Kids Rock,” says Loggins in a statement. “Every child should experience the healing power of music. I’m really proud and honored to be a part of the Little Kids Rock family.”

As previously reported, Motown legend Smokey Robinson will be honored with the Rocker of the Year award at the October 5 event, which will be held at Capitale on New York’s Lower East Side. Comedian Tracy Morgan will present the Motown legend with the honor. Sam and Dave‘s Sam Moore also is scheduled to appear at the sold-out gala.

In addition to the performances, several special items and VIP experiences will be up for auction, including the chance to perform live on stage with Robinson and Loggins. Proceeds will benefit Little Kids Rock’s program to bring free music lessons and instruments to thousands of children in public schools across the country.

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