Honorees included Cara Delevingne, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, and EY Daya, Cara Delevingne, Will Heard, and the cast of Broadway’s The Prom Performed Live
New York (June 18, 2019) – Last night, The Trevor Project hosted its 2019 TrevorLIVE New York gala at Cipriani Wall Street. Actress and model Cara Delevingne received the Hero Award which recognizes individuals who inspire LGBTQ youth or increase visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community. Talk show host, actress and producer Kelly Ripa and actor and producer Mark Consuelos were honored with the Champions Award and EY with the 20/20 Visionary Award. Co-hosted by actress, comedian and writer Nicole Byer and actor, director and digital producer Eugene Lee Yang, the event helped raise more than $2 million.
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. TrevorLIVE New York, the annual signature fundraiser, brings together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving initiatives.
As part of the celebration, GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum singer/songwriter Daya and the cast of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Prom, performed. The star-studded gala also featured appearances by Antoni Porowski (Queer Eye), Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye), Jonathan Tucker (actor), Miss J Alexander (TV personality), Jake Shears (singer), Ashley Benson (actress), Samira Wiley (actress), Christian Siriano (fashion designer), Geena Rocero (model), Milk (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Tyler Oakley (digital creator), Aaron Philip (model), and more.
Highlights from the event included:
- Hosts Nicole Byer and Eugene Lee Yang (who recently came out in his original, deeply personal music video, featuring music by ODESZA) hilariously carried the show.
- The Trevor Project’s CEO & Executive Director Amit Paley took to the stage to thank the guests for coming and their support. He stressed how important supporting the LGBTQ youth is and spoke of all the lives The Trevor Project saves.
- Cara Delevingne accepted the Hero Award from Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, stars of the Netflix’s Queer Eye, and shared the following poem she wrote when she was 15, before surprising the audience with a special duet performance of Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine) with Will Heard. Cara’s poem can be found below:
Who am I?
Who am I trying to be?
Anyone but myself
Living in a fantasy to bury the reality
Making myself the mystery
A strong facade disguising the misery
Empty beyond the point of emptiness
Full to the brim of fake confidence
A guard that will never be broken
Because I broke a long time ago
I am hurting but don’t tell anyone
No one needs to know
Don’t show or you’ve failed
Always okay, always fine
Always on show
The show must go on
It will never stop
The show must not go on
But I know It will
I give up
I give up giving up
I am lost
I am raw
I don’t need to be saved, I need to be found.
- While accepting the award, Cara called out a special someone in her life, saying she taught her how to love herself and accept love. She didn’t name her but said, “I love you, Sprinkles.”
- Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos accepted the Champions Award from friend and actor Jonathan Tucker. After hilariously playing off of each other and humbly accepting the honor, Kelly and mark surprised Sam Brinton (they/them) by calling them up to the stage to share the award.
- Richard Jeanneret and his family accepted the 20/20 Visionary Award for EY. Before calling the family to the stage, the event played a touching video about their son Henry, who came out as transgender. The love seen in the video and on stage was truly something remarkable.
- To celebrate PRIDE, a group of New York City dancers took to the stage for a high energy dance. Following their routine, Miss J Alexander joined them on stage along with Aaron Philip who paid homage to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
- Daya closed the show with powerhouse performances of hits “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Insomnia.”
- The cast of The Prom performed “Dance With You” live to a standing ovation.
Proud presenting sponsors of this year’s TrevorLIVE New York included EY, Macy’s and McKinsey & Company. In addition, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants served as the official hotel partner, and United Airlines was the official airline sponsor.
For more information on TrevorLIVE New York, please visit https://ny.trevorlive.org
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