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Nigel Barker and The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. to be Honored by Point Foundation

April 15 Point Honors Gala Features Celebrities, Champions of the LGBTQ Community & Recipients of Prestigious Scholarship

NEW YORK, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit, will honor Nigel Barker and The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. on Monday, April 15. The Point Honors event will be held at New York’s Pier Sixty starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $500. www.pointfoundation.org/phny

David Burtka will host the evening. Celebrity guests include Judith Light, David Mixner, Thomas Roberts, Margot Bingham, Cara Buono, Tamsen Fadal and Alani (La La) Anthony. Performances by Andy Kelso and Timothy Ware of Broadway’s Kinky Boots will be part of the evening of cocktails and dinner, which also features current Point Scholars and Point Alumni.

“Building a more inclusive and equitable society comes by finding common bonds with allies, and Nigel Barker is a courageous straight ally of the LGBTQ community,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and CEO of Point Foundation. ”In all of Nigel’s philanthropic efforts – combating HIV/AIDS, focusing on the people of Haiti or saving wildlife – he brings attention to people fighting for empowerment. Currently Nigel is focusing his lens on a key figure in LGBTQ rights advocacy and a great friend of Point: David Mixner. We are honored both men will be at our New York Point Honors event.”

Point Foundation is also honored to recognize and celebrate The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. at its New York event [press release].

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 promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational institutions. www.pointfoundation.org | Facebook/pointfoundation |Twitter/pointfoundation and #PHNY

Presenting Sponsors: Audi, Wells Fargo

Premier Sponsors:
American Airlines, The Estee Lauder Companies,Johnson & Johnson, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Principal Sponsors: Goldman Sachs, HBO, Mitch Draizin & Philippe Brugere-Trelat, Time Warner Inc.

Friends of Point: 42Below Vodka, Hilton Worldwide            Media Sponsors: Gay City News, LogoTV

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