New York, NY (PRWEB) April 16, 2013
On Monday, June 17, 2013, The Trevor Project will present its annual benefit event, TrevorLIVE New York (TrevorLIVE NY) presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo. This high-profile evening of music, comedy and entertainment will honor Cason Crane, the first young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) person to conquer the Seven Summits, with the Trevor Youth Innovator Award, and Wells Fargo with the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award. The Trevor Hero Award honoree will be announced at a later date. Co-Chairs for the event are James Adams, Ruben Ramirez and Matthew Schwartz. Tickets to TrevorLIVE NY can be purchased at TheTrevorProject.org/trevorliveny.
“We are so proud to announce the first two honorees for TrevorLIVE. Cason Crane is a true Trevor Youth Innovator, and longtime supporter of The Trevor Project, Wells Fargo is our Trevor 20/20 Visionary,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “TrevorLIVE is about inspiration, and our honorees could not be more inspirational as they climb mountains and change communities to inspire LGBT youth and create a future of endless possibilities. We can hardly wait to announce what’s next.”
The Trevor Youth Innovator Award honors a young LGBT, straight or questioning person under the age of 25 who strives to support, inspire and empower LGBT youth to reach for their dreams. Cason Crane is the youngest openly gay person to climb the “Seven Summits,” and is doing so in order to serve as an inspiration to LGBT youth around the world. Founder of the “Rainbow Summits Project,” twenty-year-old Cason is raising awareness for LGBT youth suicide prevention by sharing his experiences on the mountains through his blog and social media, carrying prayer flags for LGBT victims of suicide to each summit, and even volunteering remotely for The Trevor Project during his treks. Cason is currently summiting Mt. Everest, the highest peak of the Seven Summits, and is sharing his experience through Twitter (@CasonCrane).
The Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award is presented to a corporation that publicly supports the LGBT community and works to advance an empowering future-focused message for LGBT young people and their allies nationwide. Since 1994, Wells Fargo has been a champion for The Trevor Project, but Wells Fargo's commitment to the LGBT community dates back to 1987 when it added sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy. For 26 years, Wells Fargo has been a visionary leader and ally of LGBT organizations nationwide, lending support to anti-bullying efforts and continuing to foster a culture of equality in the communities it serves.
"By providing vital services and resources for LGBT youth, who are often left without other sources of support, The Trevor Project has been doing invaluable work in our communities. That's why receiving this recognition is such an honor for Wells Fargo," says Tim Hanlon, head of Philanthropy for Wells Fargo. "Our commitment to diversity is one of our organization's core values, and we are proud to partner with the Trevor Project on its continuing efforts to help LGBT youth."
TrevorLIVE NY presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo is a signature semi-annual event of The Trevor Project, bringing together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving, life-affirming work for LGBTQ youth in crisis. This high-profile event has honored actors, musicians and comedians including Katy Perry, Susan Sarandon, Lady Gaga, Daniel Radcliffe, Kathy Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris and Vanessa Williams for their support of LGBTQ youth. To purchase tickets to the event, visit TheTrevorProject.org/trevorliveny.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline and instant messaging services, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.