More than 450 guests and celebrities filled the Beverly Hilton Hotel to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students at Point Honors Los Angeles. Point Foundation (Point), the evening’s beneficiary, is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students. The gala evening also included an announcement by Wells Fargo of $1.8 million in continued support for Point.
Wanda Sykes was presented with the Point Legend Award by Anthony Anderson for having achieved greatness in her career and unapologetically supporting the LGBTQ community. Writer, director, and producer Jill Soloway received the Impact Award, presented by Kathryn Hahn, for the impact Soloway has made on improving the lives of the LGBTQ community. Wilson Cruz, via video message from New York, was accorded the Point Courage Award for his advocacy work on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
Comedian Michelle Collins hosted the buoyant evening with a special performance by Adam Lambertaccompanied by a live band. Previous honorees, Neal Baer, Greg Louganis, Pete Nowalk, and Adam Shankman, also attended, along with celebrities Tyler Alvarez, Hayden Byerly, Jay Duplass, Judith Light, Trace Lysette, Benjamin Patterson, Brandon Stansell, Jacob Tobia, JJ Totah, and Rain Valdez.
“Thank you to tonight’s honorees for inspiring our scholars and to all the celebrities who joined us to champion equality in education for LGBTQ students,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and CEO of Point Foundation.
The evening featured an especially encouraging demonstration of support when representatives from Wells Fargo presented Point with a check for $1.8 million. The funding continues the company’s support of Point’s new Community College Scholarship program, scholarships for Point Scholars in four-year and advanced degree programs, and Point’s leadership development programs and conferences.
“Wells Fargo is thrilled to continue our support for Point Foundation, especially the new Community College Program,” said Gigi Dixon, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Wells Fargo. “This program will fill critical gaps and allow aspiring LGBTQ students to reach their educational goals and achieve their full potential. This impacts not just the scholars themselves, but also their families and communities.”
“For more than a decade Wells Fargo has joined with Point Foundation to help LGBTQ students work toward earning their higher education degree,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and CEO of Point Foundation. “Wells’ significant investment in the LGBTQ community is also an important catalyst for encouraging the generosity of other donors, as we saw at Point Honors, with hundreds of thousands raised in additional support for LGBTQ students.”
Point Honors Los Angeles Sponsors:
Presenting: Hilton, Wells Fargo
Principal: AT&T, Cadillac, Citizen Relations, HBO
National Media: OUT
Local Media: Los Angeles Blade