Clementi Foundation, Alan Cumming, Bobby Steggert Will Honor Bruce Cohen and Paul Boskind With Upstander Legacy Award
By Michael Gioia
Tyler Clementi Foundation co-chairs Alan Cumming and David Mixner, along with the Clementi Family, will host the organization's first annual Upstander Legacy Celebration Nov. 18 at the New York Times building's Conference Center.
The event will honor Oscar winner Bruce Cohen, producer of "American Beauty," "Milk," "Silver Linings Playback" and the Broadway musical Big Fish; Dr. Paul Boskind, psychologist, activist and Tony-winning producer of The Normal Heart; and financial services leader Prudential Financial for its "continued support of the LGBT community in and out of the workplace."
"Over the past year we have made epic strides to connect the issues that impacted Tyler with relevant partnerships and programs, allowing us to continue a conversation amongst families, educators, legislators and faith leaders for the benefit of all youth," said executive director Steven Guy in a statement. "We are thrilled to take a moment to celebrate how far we have come, and to honor the leaders and partners who join the Foundation in its dedication to creating safe and inclusive spaces for LGBT youth, vulnerable youth and their allies."
Joining co-chairs Cumming (Cabaret) and Mixner, Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, Big Fish) will present the Upstander Legacy Award to Cohen.
The evening will also feature a performance by the all-male string quartet Well-Strung. Proceeds from the event will allow the Tyler Clementi Foundation to continue their work "changing hearts and minds at all levels of society."
For more information about the Tyler Clementi Foundation, visit TylerClementi.org.
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