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A quarterly update on the latest happenings at Volume 2, Issue 2 - Winter 2009 CR ACK ED XMAS 11: A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT Appearances by Anne Hathaway and Sigourney Weaver as well as spectacular musical performances by Fantasia Barrino and the cast of Spring Awakening were among the highlights of Cracked Xmas 11: A Not So Silent Night, which took place on December 7 at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. The event was an evening of laughter, fun and community, with more than 800 guests in attendance including Selma Blair, Michael Patrick King, Brooke Smith and Rumer Willis. Most importantly, Cracked Xmas 11 raised $450,000 and gained prominent, public attention for The Trevor Project. The cast of the Tony Award®-winning rock musical, Spring Awakening, wrapped up their Los Angeles tour the same day, and then boarded a bus to The Wiltern where they opened the Cracked Xmas show with several songs. Guests were also treated to a hilarious stand-up comedy act from the legendary and recently out Wanda Sykes, who expressed disappointment in the recent passage of California’s Proposition 8 when she opened her set. Comedian Leslie Jordan had the audience cracking up when he opened his segment of the show in character as Beverley Leslie from Will & Grace. American Idol favorite, Fantasia Barrino, brought the house down during her performance when she slipped out of her stiletto heels and ran off stage to sing and dance with the audience. Her set included fantastic renditions of Purple Rain and Always on My Mind. These extraordinary performances were certainly not the only show-stopping moments of the night. Anne Hathaway surprised everyone at the end of the live auction, which was presented in part by Rachel Zoe and Brad Goreski, when she unexpectedly auctioned herself off to three lucky bidders. Hathaway walked onto the stage unannounced, picked up a microphone and said, “I’m not usually very forward, but I thought if there was ever a crowd for me to do something like this, this would be it.” Bidding started at $500 and guests were quick to raise their paddles for a chance at an evening of drinks and fun with the Rachel Getting Married and Brokeback Mountain star. The three lucky winners ultimately paid $12,000 for the date. “I’m Glad I Failed” Educates Youth “I’m Glad I Failed,” The Trevor Project’s first-ever social marketing campaign, was unveiled during National Suicide Prevention Week in September 2008. Since then, the campaign’s powerful artwork has been placed in more than 150,000 publications, organizations, schools and on Web sites throughout the country. In October 2008, our friends at Showtime included “I’m Glad I Failed” inserts inside of boxed DVD sets of The L Word television series sold nationwide. This tremendous amount of exposure helped reach out to and educate young people throughout the country. Developed by Better World Advertising, the goal of the “I’m Glad I Failed” campaign is to increase awareness about The Trevor Helpline among LGBTQ youth and also educate straight youth about the potentially lifeshattering consequences of homophobia. “I’m Glad I Failed” posters are now included in The Trevor Survival Kit, the educational kits distributed nationwide to schools and youth service providers. If you know of a school or organization that would benefit from receiving “I’m Glad I Failed” materials, please contact Jacqueline Wing, communications manager, at: Continued on page 2 1

Trevor Newsletter - Winter 2009

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