LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Point Foundation (Point) will honor Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts with the Point Courage Award at the organization's annual Point Honors Los Angeles gala October 1. The award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ community and believe in the vision that investing in today's potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.
Roberts is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and a survivor of breast cancer. Her willingness to publicly share her medical odyssey was recognized with a Peabody Award, as well as the admiration of millions. TV personality and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump will present the award to Roberts.
Also at the October 1 event, the Point Impact Award will be presented to producer and broadcast executive Michael Lombardo by actress Molly Shannon. Comedian Tig Notaro will host the evening, which will include appearances by Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Matt Walsh, among others. Additional celebrity participants will be announced shortly. Information about attending or supporting Point Honors is at www.pointfoundation.org/LAHonors.
"My mother always told me, 'We've all got something to give' and that's why it's so important to empower young people through education," said Roberts. "Nothing – not race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation – should stand in the way of anyone getting the chance to become a skilled doctor, a scientist, journalist, or an artist whose creativity brings us joy. I am blessed to be in a position to encourage young people to help those in need, as well as assure them there are people and organizations like Point Foundation that they can turn to when they need help."
"Robin Robert's achievements as a highly accomplished journalist make her a great role model for LGBTQ students," said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. "That she continued to express great empathy for the lives of others even when facing daunting challenges to her health, demonstrated great courage and leadership."
Point Foundation is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point's 84 current scholarship recipients and 244 alumni will be at the event to share with the audience their inspiring stories.
Presenting Sponsors: HBO, Hilton, and Wells Fargo
Premier Sponsors: Gilead, and HSBC
Principal Sponsors: Neal Baer, Cadillac, and Jim Cummings & Justin Mohatt
National Media Sponsors: The Advocate & Pride.com
Local Media Sponsor: The Pride L.A.
Friend of Point: Edelman
About: Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training.
SOURCE Point Foundation