JODIE FOSTER TO PRESENT THE TREVOR PROJECT FOUNDERS AWARD

Award Will Be Presented at Organization's Tenth Annual Cracked Xmas Benefit

to Director Peggy Rajski, Screenwriter James Lecesne and, Posthumously, to

Producer Randy Stone (Ms. Foster to Accept on Behalf of Mr. Stone)



26 Nov, 2007, 00:00 ET from The Trevor Project

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Trevor Project (Trevor), the
 non-profit organization that operates the nation's only around-the-clock
 suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth, today announced
 that two-time Academy Award(R)-winning actress Jodie Foster will present
 The Trevor Founders Award at the organization's annual Cracked Xmas event.
 Ms. Foster will present the award to two of the organization's founders,
 director Peggy Rajski and screenwriter James Lecesne. The award will be
 presented in recognition of the tenth anniversary of the first Cracked Xmas
 benefit and in memory of the organization's third founder, producer Randy
 Stone, who passed away unexpectedly in February of this year. The
 presentation will take place at Cracked Xmas 10, to be held on December 2,
 2007 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
 
     Ms. 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,
 Ms. Foster kicked off a new $1,000,000 call center fundraising campaign
 with a major gift, the largest in the organization's history. And, in
 addition to presenting The Trevor Founders Award, she appears in a short
 film that is a tribute to Mr. Stone, which will be shown at the event as
 part of her presentation.
 
     "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 Ms. 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."
 
     Trevor tells the story of a teenager who attempts suicide after
 realizing that he might be gay. The film received numerous awards,
 including the 1994 Academy Award(R) 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.
 When HBO(R) decided to televise Trevor, the filmmakers recognized that some
 of the program's teenaged viewers might be facing the same kind of crisis
 faced by the film's lead character and began to search for the telephone
 number of an appropriate support line to broadcast during the airing.
 Discovering that no such resource existed, they decided to dedicate
 themselves to forming The Trevor Project to aid in suicide prevention among
 of gay and questioning youth. The organization immediately opened The
 Trevor Helpline (Helpline), which became the first and only nationwide
 around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for that group.
 
     "We are deeply honored to receive The Trevor Founders Award, and know
 Randy shares it with us in spirit," said Ms. Rajski and Mr. Lecesne,
 founders, The Trevor Project. "It's extraordinarily gratifying to know that
 the small non-profit we set up has grown into an organization that now
 saves lives every day, through its Helpline, its website and the
 educational materials it sends to schools across the country. We look
 forward to the next decade during which Trevor will further expand its
 outreach in order to meet the growing demand for its critical work."
 
     The Helpline is a free and confidential service that annually helps
 thousands of youth who are in crisis and also assists family members,
 educators and friends seeking information on how to help someone in crisis.
 Trained counselors, who offer hope and listen without judgment, answer the
 calls twenty-four hours a day throughout the year. The Helpline is
 maintained by the East Coast and West Coast-based Randy Stone Call Centers
 and is also supported by the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center.
 
     In 1998, The Trevor Project held its first annual Cracked Xmas
 fundraising gala in order to keep the newly created Trevor Helpline open
 and available to gay and questioning youth. Now an annual event, Cracked
 Xmas brings together top entertainers to help raise financial resources
 necessary to fund the organization's services. At this year's event, in
 addition to Ms. Foster's presentation of The Trevor Founders Award, the
 organization will present The Trevor Life Award to Emmy Award(R)-winning
 comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and The Trevor Hope Award to
 Clear Channel Radio Los Angeles.
 
     About The Trevor Project
 
     The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only
 nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and
 questioning youth. The Trevor Helpline, 866.4.U.TREVOR, is a free and
 confidential service that offers hope through its trained counselors. In
 addition to the helpline, the organization's website provides information
 on identifying and assisting potentially suicidal youth and "Dear Trevor",
 a confidential resource where youth can ask questions about sexual
 orientation and identity issues. The Trevor Project also provides
 lifesaving guidance and vital resources to educators and parents. The
 organization was founded by three filmmakers whose film, Trevor, about a
 teenager who attempts suicide after realizing that he might be gay,
 received the 1994 Academy Award(R) for Best Short Film (Live Action).
 
     For more information about The Trevor Project or to make a donation,
 please visit http://www.TheTrevorProject.org. The Trevor Project is a 501
 (c)(3) organization.
 
 
 

SOURCE The Trevor Project
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Trevor Project (Trevor), the
 non-profit organization that operates the nation's only around-the-clock
 suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth, today announced
 that two-time Academy Award(R)-winning actress Jodie Foster will present
 The Trevor Founders Award at the organization's annual Cracked Xmas event.
 Ms. Foster will present the award to two of the organization's founders,
 director Peggy Rajski and screenwriter James Lecesne. The award will be
 presented in recognition of the tenth anniversary of the first Cracked Xmas
 benefit and in memory of the organization's third founder, producer Randy
 Stone, who passed away unexpectedly in February of this year. The
 presentation will take place at Cracked Xmas 10, to be held on December 2,
 2007 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
 
     Ms. 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,
 Ms. Foster kicked off a new $1,000,000 call center fundraising campaign
 with a major gift, the largest in the organization's history. And, in
 addition to presenting The Trevor Founders Award, she appears in a short
 film that is a tribute to Mr. Stone, which will be shown at the event as
 part of her presentation.
 
     "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 Ms. 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."
 
     Trevor tells the story of a teenager who attempts suicide after
 realizing that he might be gay. The film received numerous awards,
 including the 1994 Academy Award(R) 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.
 When HBO(R) decided to televise Trevor, the filmmakers recognized that some
 of the program's teenaged viewers might be facing the same kind of crisis
 faced by the film's lead character and began to search for the telephone
 number of an appropriate support line to broadcast during the airing.
 Discovering that no such resource existed, they decided to dedicate
 themselves to forming The Trevor Project to aid in suicide prevention among
 of gay and questioning youth. The organization immediately opened The
 Trevor Helpline (Helpline), which became the first and only nationwide
 around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for that group.
 
     "We are deeply honored to receive The Trevor Founders Award, and know
 Randy shares it with us in spirit," said Ms. Rajski and Mr. Lecesne,
 founders, The Trevor Project. "It's extraordinarily gratifying to know that
 the small non-profit we set up has grown into an organization that now
 saves lives every day, through its Helpline, its website and the
 educational materials it sends to schools across the country. We look
 forward to the next decade during which Trevor will further expand its
 outreach in order to meet the growing demand for its critical work."
 
     The Helpline is a free and confidential service that annually helps
 thousands of youth who are in crisis and also assists family members,
 educators and friends seeking information on how to help someone in crisis.
 Trained counselors, who offer hope and listen without judgment, answer the
 calls twenty-four hours a day throughout the year. The Helpline is
 maintained by the East Coast and West Coast-based Randy Stone Call Centers
 and is also supported by the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center.
 
     In 1998, The Trevor Project held its first annual Cracked Xmas
 fundraising gala in order to keep the newly created Trevor Helpline open
 and available to gay and questioning youth. Now an annual event, Cracked
 Xmas brings together top entertainers to help raise financial resources
 necessary to fund the organization's services. At this year's event, in
 addition to Ms. Foster's presentation of The Trevor Founders Award, the
 organization will present The Trevor Life Award to Emmy Award(R)-winning
 comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and The Trevor Hope Award to
 Clear Channel Radio Los Angeles.
 
     About The Trevor Project
 
     The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only
 nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and
 questioning youth. The Trevor Helpline, 866.4.U.TREVOR, is a free and
 confidential service that offers hope through its trained counselors. In
 addition to the helpline, the organization's website provides information
 on identifying and assisting potentially suicidal youth and "Dear Trevor",
 a confidential resource where youth can ask questions about sexual
 orientation and identity issues. The Trevor Project also provides
 lifesaving guidance and vital resources to educators and parents. The
 organization was founded by three filmmakers whose film, Trevor, about a
 teenager who attempts suicide after realizing that he might be gay,
 received the 1994 Academy Award(R) for Best Short Film (Live Action).
 
     For more information about The Trevor Project or to make a donation,
 please visit http://www.TheTrevorProject.org. The Trevor Project is a 501
 (c)(3) organization.
 
 
 SOURCE The Trevor Project