On Monday June 30th 2008 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the Trevor Project held their eighth annual benefit gala.
Direct from Town Hall, Tony Award®-winning actress and recording artist Idina Menzel
performed new songs from her latest hit album, I Stand. Alan Cumming
was honored. The evening was hosted by actor Alec Mapa
(Ugly Betty's "Suzuki St. Pierre"). Comic entertainer and author of Confessions of a Pretty Lady, Sandra Bernhard
performed a comedy segment in the evening's program.
Presenters at the event included: Lauren Collins (actress, Degrassi: The Next Generation); Gideon Glick
(actor, Spring Awakening
); Heather Matarazzo
(actress, Welcome to the Dollhouse); Rosie Perez
(actress, The Take); Adamo Ruggiero (actor, Degrassi: The Next Generation)
The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.
In 1998, The Trevor Project held its first "Cracked Xmas" fundraising gala in Los Angeles to keep The Trevor Helpline open and available to gay and questioning youth. In 2001, the organization held its first Trevor New York fundraiser. The two galas, both now annual events, bring together top entertainers to raise the financial resources necessary to fund the organization's services.
Photos by Peter James Zielinski
Trevor Hero Award Recipient Alan Cumming
George Takai and Producer Brad Altman
Heather Matarazzo and Carolyn Murphy
Heather Matarazzo and Trevor Project Executive Director Charles Robbins
Rosie Perez and Sandra Bernhard
Charles Robbins, Adamo Ruggiero, Sarah Tomassi Lindman, and Lauren Collins