Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jodie Foster & Ellen DeGeneres support suicide prevention hotline for gay youth. Both attend Trevor's Holiday event 11/26/2007

The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the nation's only 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.

Two-time Academy Award®-winning actress Jodie Foster presented The Trevor Founders Award at it's annual Holiday event. She presented the award to two of the organization's founders - director Peggy Rajski and screenwriter James Lecesne.

The Trevor Life Award was presented to Emmy Award®-winning comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Foster's support of the organization is both extensive and longstanding. In 1994, she was the first major donor to provide support for the production of the short film Trevor. In June 2007, in support of the organization and to honor her close friend Mr. Stone's memory and spirit, she kicked off a new $1,000,000 call center fundraising campaign with a major gift. The largest in the organization's history.

"I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to present the first Trevor Founders Award to Peggy and James in memory of my dearest friend, Randy," said Foster. "Their inspired decision to establish this vital organization and their ongoing commitment to saving young lives are indeed worthy of recognition. The very fact that, after ten years, Trevor continues to pursue its mission so successfully is a testament not only to the founders' initial vision, but also to the importance of the organization's efforts to help desperate young people realize that their lives have value."

The short film Trevor is about a teenager who attempts suicide after realizing that he might be gay. The film received numerous awards, including the 1994 Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Live Action).

The Trevor Project was founded by Ms. Rajski, Mr. Lecesne and Mr. Stone in 1998 immediately preceding the first nationally televised airing of the film. Read complete article & learn more -

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