LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TEEN LINE, the confidential teen-to-teen hotline, will honor The Herzer Family with the "Above and Beyond Family Award" and Ellie Schneir and Peter Mezza with the "Humanitarian Award" at the annual Food for Thought Luncheon, May 7th, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. The Sumner Redstone Foundation is Presenting Sponsor. Stephanie Nemeth Bronson, MFT and Jane McCord are Co-Chair. Actor, writer and producer Gabriel Sunday will host.
Prior to the luncheon, a boutique showcasing fashionable items for purchase will be featured with a portion of proceeds benefitting TEEN LINE.
The Herzer Family are being recognized for their ongoing support of the organization. Their daughter Kathrine, a TEEN LINE volunteer since 2012, is currently on leave from the program while filming her co-starring role in the CBS-TV hit show "Madam Secretary."
Ellie Schneir and Peter Mezza, who tragically lost their son Matthew to suicide at age 14, are being honored for speaking at schools and community agencies to help others understand the pain of this kind of loss and to help prevent other such tragedies.
In addition, nine of TEEN LINE's 120 teen volunteers are being honored for exceptional dedication to the program.
Through its hotline, website and outreach, TEEN LINE provides a safety net for teenagers. Many who reach out to TEEN LINE for help are dealing with troubled relationships that involve verbal, emotional or physical abuse. This year's theme, "Surviving In a Digital World," recognizes how the digital world has impacted how TEEN LINE responds to today's youth. Electronic communication has increased peer pressure to become sexually active while cyber bullying is an all too frequent occurrence. Reaching TEEN LINE's trained peers through digital media brings help to those who may never have reached out before. The highly-acclaimed Youth Yellow Pages – a resource handbook of which over a million copies have been distributed – is now available as a mobile app.
TEEN LINE is an affiliated program of Cedars-Sinai and has been serving the Los Angeles community since 1980. Its flagship program is a confidential teen-to-teen hotline that receives more than 10,000 calls, texts and emails each year. Services include renowned suicide prevention programs, a robust anti-bullying campaign, and substance abuse education.
For information, visit www.teenlineonline.org.
SOURCE TEEN LINE