ARIANNA HUFFINGTON TO BE HONORED WITH THE TREVOR HERO AWARD AT TREVORLIVE NEW YORK ON JUNE 16 AT THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS
Benefit Event Hosted by Wanda Sykes and Directed By Adam Shankman
Evening Presented by Wells Fargo
New York, NY, May 29, 2014 – Celebrating 15 years, The Trevor Project will honor Arianna Huffington with the Trevor Hero Award at “TrevorLIVE New York” on June 16th at the Marriott Marquis, presented by Wells Fargo. Huffington will be honored for her ongoing support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. The award will be presented at The Trevor Project’s high-profile evening of music, comedy and entertainment which brings together top entertainers, advocates and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving, life-affirming work for LGBT and questioning youth in crisis.
"The movement to change the world, to inspire young people to live fully as themselves, whether they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, will lead us to build stronger communities and a more accepting and thriving culture," said Trevor Hero, Arianna Huffington. "We are living through an incredible time, when at least the western world is shifting toward more and more tolerance and acceptance, especially of LGBTQ people, and this momentum will continue to grow, especially with the support of organizations like The Trevor Project to help empower young people to be proud of who they are. With each accomplishment of the LGBTQ community, the more encouraged I become not only as a journalist, but also as an ally. I'm extremely humbled by The Trevor Project for this honor.”
Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project added, “We are proud to honor Arianna Huffington with the Trevor Hero Award. In addition to her long support of the LGBT community as an ally and as the founder of the community's most visible and unifying media outlet, Huffington Post Gay Voices, she also lives and preaches a mantra of well-being, building personal connections, and being true to yourself, which aligns with Trevor's ethos.”
Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including HuffPost's partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists. Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
As previously announced, the Trevor Project will honor YouTube phenomenon and breakout star, Tyler Oakley with the Trevor Youth Innovator Award presented by Wells Fargo for his work to promote acceptance for LGBTQ youth and a greater understanding of suicide prevention. Goldman Sachs will also be honored with the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award, which will be accepted by Chief Information Officer Marty Chavez. Multi-talented director, producer, and choreographer, Adam Shankman (ROCK OF AGES, HAIRSPRAY) will direct the show.
The Chairs of TrevorLIVE NY are James Adamsof Schreck, Rose, Dapello & Adams and Beth Brook of Ernst & Young, (2011 Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award). Honorary Co-Chairs of TrevorLIVE NY are Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Justin Nikita, Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, and Zachary Quinto. Event Vice-Chairs are Phil Armstrong, Brian Dorsey, Ralph Furlo, Matt Schwartz, David Suk, and Keola Whittaker. Tickets to TrevorLIVE NY may be purchased at: TheTrevorProject.org/TrevorLIVENY.
About the Trevor Project:
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.
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