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Volume 2, Issue 3 - Spring/Summer 2009

QUEER YOUTH ADVOCACY DAY IN SACRAMENTO On April 20, more than 200 young people from California united at the State Capitol in Sacramento to participate in Queer Youth Advocacy Day (QYAD). The Trevor Project was proud to be a sponsor of and a participant in this important day, hosted by Bienestar, GSA Network, the Transgender Law Center and Equality California. Along with other supportive efforts, The Trevor Project sent a busload of 20 young people from the Southern California area to Sacramento to participate in the day’s events, where they educated lawmakers about issues of importance to LGBTQ youth. Prior to QYAD, participants attended an advocacy training to prepare them to effectively lobby at the Capitol. On the day itself, they spoke to legislators and advocated for two bills. The first, Harvey Milk Day Bill (SB 572), would require the governor to proclaim May 22 as Harvey Milk Day each year, and encourage public schools and educational institutions to conduct suitable commemorative exercises about Milk’s life and contributions to the state. The second bill, The Minor Mental Health Consent Bill (SB 543), would allow young people (ages 12 through 17) to consent to mental health treatment or counseling without a parent or guardian’s consent, as long as the youth is mature enough to do so, or would present a danger of serious physical or mental harm to self and others without the services. The current law creates a barrier to treatment that is especially detrimental to LGBTQ youth, who may become the victims of emotional or physical abuse after coming out to their parents. Neither proposed bill has a fiscal impact. Two staff members from The Trevor Project, Phoenix Schneider, program director, and Dave Reynolds, advocacy and education manager, also attended QYAD and helped facilitate these activities among the groups. Once in Sacramento, QYAD participants were broken up into small groups and received a list of lawmakers with whom they would meet. Special thanks go out to helpline counselor Richard Horton, who volunteered to escort our youth participants throughout the day.

Oscar Night 2009 in West Hollywood Guests at The Trevor Project’s Oscar Night 2009 cheered as Milk, the biopic about gay rights activist and politician, Harvey Milk, won two Academy Awards (Best Actor, Sean Penn and Best Screenplay, Dustin Lance Black). This set the tone for an upbeat and dynamic event at Here Lounge in West Hollywood on Feb. 22. The event drew approximately 250 guests in support of The Trevor Project. Andrew Christian, Daryl Stephens and Nick Verreos were among celebrity friends who attended the event. Guests enjoyed a hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres while watching the annual awards show on plasma screens. In total, the celebratory evening raised more than $11,000 for The Trevor Project. Dustin Lance Black’s acceptance speech touched the hearts of many guests when he said: “If Harvey had not been taken from us…I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value.”



In January of this year, call volume on The Trevor Helpline reached an all-time high. Nearly 2,400 calls were fielded by our committed helpline counselors, seven of which required emergency services to be deployed to the caller. While it is devastating to know that so many young people are in crisis, it is refreshing that The Trevor Project continues to be there for them at all times. That’s why we’re looking forward to our East Coast fundraiser in June, Trevor NY. This annual event not only raises critical funds to ensure that no call to the helpline ever goes unanswered, but is also the platform for presenting the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards that honor heroic LGBTQ youth who have overcome adversity. We will also bestow The Trevor Hero Award to Academy Award®-winner Dustin Lance Black during this special evening. As a further testament to the necessity of our work, Prayers for Bobby, a Lifetime Original Movie, premiered on January 24. The movie drove home a powerful message about the devastating consequences of family rejection to millions of viewers across the country. To read our review of this powerful telepic that encompasses the heart of our mission, flip to page three. In the midst of a turbulent economic landscape, it is gratifying to know that so many of The Trevor Project’s supporters remain dedicated to helping us fulfill our unique mission to save young lives every day. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth across the country know that help is just a phone call away, and that they can always count on us to provide them with a lifeline. Thank you for believing in our mission and supporting our work. If you’d like to become more involved, or simply want to learn more about The Trevor Project, please visit us online at Warm wishes for an enjoyable summer! All my best, Charles


Initial Findings From “I’m Glad I Failed” Social Marketing Campaign Since last fall’s launch of “I’m Glad I Failed,” The Trevor Project’s first-ever social marketing campaign, our promotional materials have appeared in more than 152,000 print publications, educational institutions and on Web sites and other outlets across the country. The impact of the “I’m Glad I Failed” campaign has been significant; successfully raising awareness about the effects of language and behavior, and of The Trevor Helpline as a viable resource for young people in crisis. Thanks to the pro-bono consulting services of Ashley Robinson, M.B.A. candidate at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, a comprehensive results report detailing both quantitative and qualitative results from the campaign, will be released shortly. In compiling this report, campaign effectiveness was measured via two primary methods: an online survey and call volume analysis from The Trevor Helpline. Initial findings from the online survey, which was completed by more than 500 youth respondents, found that young people who attempted suicide or thought of attempting suicide strongly identified with the people and stories in the campaign’s creative. In addition, the overwhelming message that respondents inferred was that suicide should not be an option; rather young people in crisis should seek help through The Trevor Helpline. Thus, the campaign resonated with the target audiences and delivered the intended messaging. Another indicator of the campaign’s effectiveness is the growth of average call volume per month to The Trevor Helpline, which has increased 58 percent year-over-year since September. Moreover, since the campaign’s launch, “General Inquiry” has been one of the top presenting reasons for calls, demonstrating that the campaign is driving new awareness of The Trevor Helpline. Both call centers have also seen marked increases in medium to high-risk calls since the campaign’s launch, indicating that the message is reaching young people who are at a higher risk and inspiring them to call the helpline. In addition, according to the online survey, 83 percent of respondents said that they were very likely or somewhat likely to reach out to The Trevor Project after viewing the campaign, regardless of whether they had ever attempted or thought about suicide in the past. An overwhelming 93 percent of respondents reported that they were very likely or somewhat likely to refer someone else (friend, classmate, etc.) to The Trevor Helpline after viewing the campaign. The comprehensive results report for the “I’m Glad I Failed” campaign will be released in the coming months. Please look for it on The Trevor Project is enormously grateful to Ashley Robinson for donating his time and professional expertise to help us gauge the success of the campaign. Artwork from the “I’m Glad I Failed” campaign is still being deployed across the country in order to maximize exposure. Most recently, posters were delivered to all LGBTQ community centers nationwide, thanks to our friends at CenterLink. If you would like to receive “I’m Glad I Failed” materials, or have questions about the campaign, please visit, or contact Jacqueline Wing, communications manager, at

Interactive agency Sensis providing pro-bono Web site development, digital campaign implementation The Trevor Project has partnered with the Sensis Agency to retool its digital communication strategies and more effectively spread its message across the nation. Through a series of surveys, research and hands-on usability tests, Sensis will work with The Trevor Project to develop and implement an e-mail communications program, search engine optimization plan and the creation of a new Web site which incorporates the best Web 2.0 strategies. Goals of the new site include increasing the ease of navigation, integration of The Trevor Project’s social networking properties and creating a dynamic and engaging online experience for all constituents. The digital makeover is scheduled to launch this fall.

“Through our partnership with Sensis we will be able to enhance and expand our digital communications strategies and reach more young people in need of our programs and services,” said Charles Robbins, executive director and CEO, The Trevor Project. “LGBTQ youth remain up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Thus, implementing a fresh approach to engage our target audiences is another crucial step we can take toward combating this tragic statistic.” The project kicked off in fall 2008 when Sensis began researching non-profits that would benefit from the agency’s interactive advertising capabilities and multicultural advertising experience, including

LGBTQ campaigns. “We identified The Trevor Project as an organization that could truly benefit from the wide-reaching capabilities of interactive advertising. We will build on the non-profit’s current brand to make its Web site and social networking features the premier online destination for LGBTQ youth,” Sensis CEO, Jose Villa, said. “This will be a great example of how digital communication can be utilized to strategically engage a hard-to-reach audience.” During the project’s next phase, Sensis team members will develop proposals for interactive advertising that will best help The Trevor Project expand its national visibility. Sensis’ entire team will implement the selected campaign pro-bono later this year. The value of Sensis’ services is expected to exceed $100,000.

Prayers for Bobby a Must-See For All Read our Exclusive Movie Review

Bobby personifies the devastating reality of this tragic statistic.

Since the film, Trevor, the Academy Award®-

winning comedy/drama that sparked the creation of The Trevor Project, there has not been another film that so poignantly encompassed the heart and soul of the organization and its lifesaving mission. That is, until January 24, when Prayers for Bobby premiered on Lifetime Networks, attracting an audience of 3.8 million viewers in one night. Based on a true story and the book by Leroy Aarons, Prayers for Bobby chronicles the experience of Mary Griffith, whose religious intolerance led her teenage son, Bobby, to complete suicide. This powerful telepic, starring Sigourney Weaver, Ryan Kelley and Henry Czerny, truly drives home the message that family rejection can be deadly. At The Trevor Project, we know that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who come from a rejecting family are up to nine times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, and Prayers for

Sigourney Weaver’s heartfelt portrayal of Mary Griffith humanizes the Griffith family’s story, and shows us that it is possible for people to change their hearts and minds. Through the tragic loss of a son and brother, the Griffith family learned that acceptance and unconditional love should always be triumphant over intolerance and oppression.

accepting someone you love for who they truly are, is vital for all people to hear. Sigourney Weaver has said: “This is a film that is about realization and reaching out and making amends and doing everything you can to love the people you love,” of the film. The Trevor Project gives this incredible Lifetime Original Movie two thumbs up!

Although there are so many memorable moments in this must-see film, perhaps the most touching plot curve is witnessing the transformation that Mary Griffith experienced after Bobby’s death. As she comes to terms with the permanent loss of her precious son, she realizes that, in her words: “Bobby’s death was the direct result of his parents’ ignorance and fear of the word ‘gay.’” She becomes a passionate and devoted advocate for LGBTQ rights, working closely with Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) toward equality and acceptance for all people. Prayers for Bobby should be seen by everyone, as its hard-hitting message about the tragic effects of not


VOLUNCHEERS Program Update Although The Trevor Helpline will always

be the cornerstone program of The Trevor Project, our other programs provide a vital continuum of care model for LGBTQ youth. is an online, social networking community for LGBTQ youth and their friends and allies. Membership on the site has skyrocketed to more than 3,000 members since its official launch in October of last year. In addition, The Trevor Lifeguard School Workshop Program uses a structured curriculum to address topics around sexuality, gender identity, the impacts of language and behavior and what it means for young people to feel different. Since the beginning of this year, The Trevor Project has conducted more than 20 workshops in middle schools, high schools and colleges. On The Trevor Helpline, more than 120 helpline counselors continue to field tens of thousands of calls from young people across the country. In fact, counselors have sent rescue services to 12 callers since the beginning of 2009 alone. All helpline counselors are trained to offer TrevorSpace as a resource to young LGBTQ callers, especially if they are from rural areas with limited access to resources and support. Nearly 20 members of The Trevor Project’s newly-established Youth Advisory Council are members of TrevorSpace, and utilize the platform to support their peers.

Highlighting the contributions of Trevor’s volunteers

SPOTLIGHT: Helpline Counselors A Minnesota native, talented actor and passionate

advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, Jim Halloran joined The Trevor Project’s dedicated team of helpline counselors in January 2008, during the second training class at the Randy Stone East Coast Call Center in New York City. Now, with more than one year of experience on the helpline, Jim continues to take shifts and participate in training classes as both a mentor and role play leader. “When I moved to New York, the people at Trevor were the first friends I met,” says Jim of his experience at The Trevor Project. “Since then, I have had some really tough phone calls, but I’ve also been fortunate enough to speak to wonderful young people across the country.” In the fall of 2008, Jim also brought his dear friend, Felipe Forero, to the helpline counselor family. A Pennsylvania native with a Columbian background, Felipe is also an actor and compassionate supporter of LGBTQ youth. Felipe brings his outgoing and energetic personality to the call center during each of his shifts, always causing The Trevor Helpline staff to remark about how much energy he and Jim exude. “Just a year ago, I wasn’t familiar with The Trevor Helpline, but after meeting Jim and hearing about the amazing work that the counselors do every day, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” says Jim. “I’m honored to be part of such an amazing organization, and the incredibly brave young people that call us every day inspire me and give me the drive to do the work that I do.” Thank you, Jim and Felipe, for your dedication to LGBTQ youth and your lifesaving work on The Trevor Helpline!

Volunteer Appreciation Party Nearly 70 volunteers were honored and

celebrated at The Trevor Project’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Party on April 20 at Balliamos Dance Studio in West Hollywood. The event, coinciding with National Volunteer Appreciation Week, was an incredible opportunity for The Trevor Project to say “thank you” to its team of diverse, professional and kindhearted volunteers. All attendees, including members of the board of directors, helpline counselors, event volunteers and others who generously donate their time and talents, volunteered in some capacity for The Trevor Project during the last year. The Trevor Project was pleased to present five awards to current volunteers: Colleen Warnesky received the “True Spirit of Trevor” award; Jeff


Hare received the “Willing to Do What it Takes” award; Kenny Ballinger received the “Hit the Ground Running” and “Lifesaver” awards; The Spartans Softball Team received the “Friends of Trevor” award and John Palmer received the “Volunteer of the Year” award. In addition, past board members, Samuel Borelli, Kevin Cronin and Kristin Odermatt, were recognized for their extraordinary service and leadership. Congratulations to all recipients, who were more than deserving of these distinctions.

Charles Robbins, Jeff Hare and Kevin Cronin

The Trevor Project is grateful to Balliamos for donating its space for the evening in order to host the Volunteer Appreciation Party. Thank you to ALL volunteers of The Trevor Project. We could not continue our lifesaving work without you. Colleen Warnesky, Kenny Ballinger and John Palmer



Images from Trevor Events


Oscar Party - February 22 Trevor’s Oscar Night 2009 was held at Here Lounge in West Hollywood. The event drew approximately 250 guests and raised more than $11,000 for The Trevor Project. 1. Trevor supporters 2. Trevor Board members, Jason Oclaray and Heidi Schulz 3. Executive Director Charles Robbins with Del Shores and Jason Dottley 4. Tom Whitman and Stephen Theiss



Queer Youth Advocacy Day April 20 On April 20, more than 200 young people from California united at the State Capitol in Sacramento to participate in Queer Youth Advocacy Day (QYAD). 6. Advocacy and Education Manager, Dave Reynolds, Program Director, Phoenix Schneider and Helpline Counselor, Richard Horton with youth at QYAD.



Volunteer Appreciation Night - April 20 Nearly 70 volunteers were honored and celebrated at The Trevor Project’s annual volunteer appreciation party on April 20 at Balliamos Dance Studio in West Hollywood. 5. Past Trevor board members, Samuel Borelli, Kevin Cronin and Kristin Odermatt with Board chair, Sean Mc Manus 7. Balliamos dancers perform for the crowd 8. The Spartans Softball Team receive the “Friends of Trevor” award


Photo Credits: Vanessa Preziose, Marcus Pimentel and The Trevor Project Trevor News Editors: Heidi Schulz and Al Duncan


Stories from the


Since its inception in 1998, counselors on The Trevor Helpline have fielded hundreds of thousands of calls from young people in crisis. In January of this year, call volume on the helpline reached an all-time high, with nearly 2,400 calls fielded during that month alone. Seven of these calls required counselors to deploy emergency services in order to ensure the safety of the callers. No call to The Trevor Helpline is ever the same. Below are selections from two recent call reports, which demonstrate the unique and complex issues that LGBTQ youth report experiencing. ALIAS: Jordan AGE: 16 STATE: TX Jordan called, saying he was at his wit’s end. During a three-hour phone call, he demonstrated no sign of emotion, no second thoughts and no “what-ifs.” He stated that he had a knife in his room, access to a gun and had also attempted suicide several times in the past unbeknownst to his family. His family is very religious and of a Christian background, and they have voided out Jordan’s existence because he is gay. Jordan felt that the time had come to end his life, and that he had no more fight left within. He felt as if his parents did not even care if he lived or died so long as he was out of the way. He said that the root of the problem was his stepfather, who told Jordan that his choices in life would cause him to suffer and never have happiness. The helpline counselor initiated a rescue when the situation could not be de-escalated. The counselor attempted

several different mechanisms to connect with the caller, but was unsuccessful, and realized that Jordan was ready to end his life. The call ended when rescue services arrived. Jordan said the police were there and wanted to talk to him. His tone had changed to almost saying “thank you.” It was pleased yet relaxed. After this call, the police confirmed that Jordan had been taken to the hospital to receive help and be evaluated due to suicidal ideations. This call is a true testament to the lifesaving work that counselors on The Trevor Helpline perform every day. ALIAS: Kyle AGE: 17 STATE: AZ Kyle called and said he was “out of options.” He said that he wanted a painless way to “go.” He told a school counselor that he was “bi-curious,” and she promptly told his foster parents, who kicked him out of the house. When Kyle told his friends that he was questioning his sexuality, they all abandoned him. Since then he has been couch-surfing and ended up at Justin’s house, his only friend who is still talking to him. Justin’s mother had prescription drugs in the house and Kyle was planning to overdose on them. Kyle said he wanted to be a firefighter, and was going to graduate from high school with honors. However, he had already written a four-page suicide letter, which he read to the counselor. The counselor acknowledged Kyle’s feelings, and expressed concern for his safety. Rescue services were initiated and the counselor stayed on the phone with Kyle until the first responders arrived. The fire department arrived at the location Kyle was calling from after rescue services were initiated. The counselor remained on the phone until they knocked on the door, and then told Kyle he can call The Trevor Helpline back whenever he needs to.

Circle of Hope Garden Party More than 250 guests enjoyed an afternoon of summer cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they learned about the lifesaving work of The Trevor Project at the fifth annual Circle of Hope Garden Party on May 3. Hosted by Suzanne Saperstein at her beautiful Los Angeles estate, Fleur de Lys, the event was a tremendous success and ultimately raised more than $135,000 for The Trevor Project. Sean Mc Manus, chair of the Board of Directors, spoke to guests about The Trevor Project and why their support is so vital. He also mentioned the two 11-year-old boys who died by suicide in April after enduring relentless anti-gay bullying at their separate schools in Massachusetts and Georgia.

Tragedies such as these speak volumes about why The Trevor Project’s programs are so vital.

Ann & Tom Lack, Trevor Board member Lisa Brende

Tom Whitman was presented with the Trevor Community Service Award at the event, which is annually awarded to an individual who contributes his or her time, talent and/or treasure to The Trevor Project and the LGBTQ community at large. Guests were also treated to several ballroom dance performances by dancers from Balliamos Dance Studio in West Hollywood after Sean’s speech and the award presentation in the ballroom. It was a wonderful afternoon full of socializing, entertainment, good food and drink – all for an incredible cause.

Todd Sears of Credit Suisse, David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris

Stephen Theiss, Trevor Community Service Award recipient Tom Whitman, Mary & Tom Whitman


Circle of Hope members play a critical role in providing the financial leadership that makes the work of The Trevor Project possible by donating $500 or more annually in non-event related contributions.

The donors listed below are current as of April 30, 2009.

Guardian $25,000 +

Bryan Bantry Jodie Foster David Rosen & Paul Reitz Bill and Austin Smolka Jeffrey R. Stone

Counselor $10,000 - $24,999

Brian Bish* & Jack Winn Cold Stream Productions Kathy Kinney Paul Norris & Rock Rocaberte Frank Pond Ron Valdez*

Advisor $5,000 - $9,999

Tim Aldrete Sacha Baron Cohen Jeffrey Epstein Jennifer & Scott Frank Michael A. Graham* Michael Leppen Suzanne Saperstein Philip Selway Quinn Taylor Don Zuidema, Alfredo Izaguirre & Mike McGinley

Mentor $2,500 - $4,999

Christopher J. Baker & Tim Smith Alicia & Michele Celmer Jack Corwin Greg Emmerth Douglas Ferguson Siana-Lea Gildard & Edgar Aguirre Anne Hathaway Abraham Higginbotham & Steven Petrarca Ronald Holliman & David Rosen Albert Hornberger George Larribas & Ed Hornberger Ned J. Lustbader* McPhail*/Poston Family Jason R. Oclaray* Earl L. Plante Charles Robbins & Damon Romine Tara Sandler Walter Schild & Dilson DeAlmeida Ricky Strauss* & Tom Newman

Supporter $1,000 - $2,499

Christopher Allieri & Gene Fischer Ezra Alvarez Jirka Ambroz Alan Arrigoni Richard Ayoub* Scott Baker & Jason West Otho & Deborah S. Behr Jim Berk Bradly Bessey & Frank Sanchez David Beugen & Joe Grandinetti

Ray Bidenost Adam Blake Boswell Tammy Bruce James Burba & Bob Hayes Denis Cagna Tom Cashin & Jay Johnson Warren Cohn* Wendy Dio Padavona Brian J. Dorsey* & Marty Sellers Anonymous Tim Field Ph.D. Jeffrey Fishberger, M.D.* Brenda and Tom Freiberg Lee B. Friend Anthony Glomski Ruben Gonzales & Joaquin Tamayo Stuart Gordon Dennis P. Grant Joshua Greer Jill Grey James Hancock & Stephen Mathis Darren Hayes Greg S. Heanue Mel Heifetz Michael Hershberger & Daniel Mitchell R. Glenn Hessel Mark Howard Michael Hyman Anthony Iler Meredith Kadlec* William Kaiser Steven Kanner Bryan T. Keller & Brian Baldwin Elizabeth Kelly Robb Kempken & Jeff Hobbs Simon & Mali Kinberg Jonathan King Patricia Kirsch Kyle D. Kusche Ricki Lake Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur Levine Simon S. Leo & Mark P. Bement Jonathan Lewis William Lucia Mich Lyon Kevin MacLellan & Brian Curran Christopher D. Man Sean R. Mc Manus* John McDonald & Rob Wright Jeffrey Meleski & Steven J. Markov Bernard Milan Shannon Millard Doug Morton & Alexen KhimNg Max Mutchnick Gary Orgel Richard & Ellen Passov Mark Perin Steve Pollard Sean Radford* C. Wight Reade Randy Reiff William Resnick & Doug Cordell Brian Robinson Rashad Robinson Luis Rodriguez-Villa Gumercindo Samson

Matthew & Nancy Saver Kevin Schoeler & Philip van der Voet Heidi Schulz* & Michael Ryder Jeff Shade Duncan Sheik Clay Smith Kevin Snow Steven Stepanian & Jeffrey Roy Stephen Stonehouse Wes Walraven Eric A. Webber & Gerard C. Kraaijeveld Bryce West Scott Zimmerman*

Members $500-$999

Moiz Alladina Adrian Armas Nikhail Asnani Robbie Bagwell Leslie Barclay David S. Beard Albert Berger & Ellen Steloff Anthony Bianchi Gary Bitner David Brisbin Gerard Bross & Peter D. Grisdela David C. Bryan Jeep Bryant Mark Albert Burstein Walter Cain & Michael Bouchard Hector Camacho Fred Caruso Troy M. Cassel Paul G. Cavalli & Jack F. McKenney Kevin Chase Sophia Chauchard-Stuart Francis Clark Dwight Coates Jr. Heather Cohen Troup Coronado Kenneth Davis Charlie Dawson Didier Debaud Gary DeLossa Nicholas Donatiello Jr. Brad R. Downs Joseph Drake Clay Drinko Al Duncan* Matt Edwards Michael Epstein & Scott Schwimer Julio Robbie Fabian Erik Feig Raymund Flandez John B. Fleming Jean-Marc Frailong Shelley Freeman & Joni Rim Paul Fulkerson Gina Furth Mark Gaddis David Galgano Karyn & Justin Gallen Dr. Robin Gans Harry Gittelson & Albert Silva Neil Giuliano Daniel & Rhoda Glickman Matthew B.T. Gloin, D.C. & John Paul Motley Tracy Gluck Stephen Golemme Mark Gordon Bonnie Graves* & Adrian Sexton Donald Gray Brunson Green Maria Gust David Guzman William E. Hall Michael Harrell Ryan Hart

Brad Harvey Eric Hassel Mark D. Heidel Kevin Henderson Debra Ann Herrick Cathy Heumann Wayne Hill Michael J.W. Hines Jeffrey Hobgood Mark Howell Michael Hughes Harvey Hurdle Antonia Hutt Paul Jaramillo Stephen Jarchow Michael Jarvis Ph.D. Jay Johnson & Tom Cashin Blanding U. Jones John Kannegieser Robert M. Kasunic Mark Katz & Bob Goodman Michael F. Keeley Henry Koelsch Marc Korver & Steven Jones Marty Kovacevich & Chaz Stevens Peter W. Kraus M.D. Lisa Kudrow & Michel Stern Rocky La Fleur Donald Langworthy Kevin Lesser Pamela Liss-Burdett Mark Lombardini & Cynthia Kim Dennis Lonergan & John Graves Stephen Lucin Jose Lugaro John Lyons Patrick Mahoney & John English Scott W. Mann Dominick Marangi & Matt Tuminello Jhoni Marchinko Nicholas Martinez Eric J. Maryanov & Gene Hubert John McAllister Robert & Lynn McCormack Lou Anne Mele Steve Mele Carl Moellenberg Vizhier & Andy Mooney Jonathan Morris Adam Moss & David Karza Charles Mostella John Mullican & John Squatritto Jim Murphy* Tracy C. Nickl Kevin & Don Norte Stephen Nuskiewicz Fred Ohm Debi Olcese & Deborah Shapiro Marc Olechnowicz Jenifer Ortiz & Monica Taher John Palmer Richard & Karen Panse Jamie Paul Catherine Paura Mark Perrin Dr. Joseph H. Phillips Allison Herring Poster Brian N. Potter & Joey Pierre Stewart Powell Bryan Prado Rick Quezada & Phillip Ybarra Richard Raddon Peggy Rajski* Erik & Ranesh Ramanathan Charles Reynolds & Ellen Detlefsen Stephen Reynolds Christopher Rice Kathleen Rivera & Sally Lewis Lorna Robbins

Diane Robinson Carol & Wayne Rogers Elias Rojas Russell Royball Scott Salik David W. Salvaggio Brooks S. Salzwedel Richard Savage & Lane Adams Donna & Peter Schlessel David Schneiderman & Bob Nitkin Booh Schut Ezra Shalam Dr. Ronald Shaw Catherine Shitara Erik William Smith Don Snyder & Scott Snussen Howard Stahl & Dr. Michael Frese David Stainton Andrew Stearn

James Sullivan Rich Sullivan Dominick & Sally Taglialatella Anthony Tan & Jeff Brown Brian J. Theobald Brian Tobin Scott Vaughan Bruce Vaughn Frank Voci Diane E. Wade Steve Weisbart & Shami Arslanian Valarie Westberg Jeff Whaley Kate Wheatley Mary Whitman Martha Wing Kathleen Wood Ron Yerxa & Annette Ballester Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman Ryan Zynger* & Justin Warren

Randy Stone Call Center Campaign Randy Stone Call Center donors made a two-year commitment of $10,000 or more to expand our Los Angeles call center operations and to operate a new call center in New York City. We extend our gratitude to the following donors for their contributions: Jodie Foster H. van Ameringen Foundation Jeffrey Stone Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund

Bryan Bantry Kathy Kinney David Rosen & Paul Reitz Anonymous

Foundations We extend our thanks to the following foundations that have provided general operating and program-related funding to The Trevor Project:

$20,000 +

AT&T Foundation The Calamus Foundation Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund H. van Ameringen Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Zarley Family Foundation

$10,000 - $19,999

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation The Helene Foundation David H. & Barbara M. Jacobs Foundation Johnson Family Foundation Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation Small Change Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999

Deutsche Bank David Geffen Foundation Gesso Foundation KTLA-TV Charities Fund of

the McCormick Foundation

Rainbow Endowment

$1,000 - $4,999

Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Kicking Assets Fund of the Tides Foundation The Livney Foundation National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Circle of Life The Circle of Life was established to recognize individuals who have created gifts to The Trevor Project through planned giving either in their estate planning or as a bequest. Gift in memory of Aleida Estela Santiago Arlene Reed Bequest Tithe on behalf of Hollywood Lutheran Church Eleanor J. Ross Trust Valarie K. Westberg

If we have inadvertently omitted or incorrectly listed your name, please contact Scott Meckling at 310.271.8845 x257. * Denotes Board Member


Trevor Ambassadors Council Trevor Gains Momentum in San Francisco The Trevor Ambassadors Council hosted its first “friendraiser” in San Francisco

on April 16 at the beautiful Twin Peaks home of Michael Westrick and Ross Anderson. In addition to opening their home to guests, Ross and Michael covered the expenses for food, drinks and servers, making this event possible. More than 60 people gathered to learn about The Trevor Project’s lifesaving work. Heartfelt remarks from executive director and CEO, Charles Robbins, stirred the crowd and brought many to tears. Some of the guests in attendance included Jack Ryder from COLAGE, retired Judge James Warren, IBM’s Marc Magnelia and Gregg Cassin, AIDS, Medicine & Miracles Chair. By the end of the evening, 16 people expressed interest in being part of the Ambassadors Council, pledging to help in one of three areas: programs, communications or fundraising.

TREVOR EVENTS MAY Trevor Pool and Garden Party May 24 Palm Springs, California

JUNE Trevor NY June 29 New York, New York

JULY Trevor Pool Party Hollywood Hills, California

Special thanks to The Trevor Project board members Richard Ayoub and Bonnie Graves, who are spearheading the Trevor Ambassadors Council. Future events will be held in Philadelphia and San Diego, as well as in Washington, D.C. at the home of famed, openly gay author, Andrew Sullivan. If you live in one of these cities and would like to help plan or host an event, please contact Bonnie at bonnie@bonniegraves. com or Richard at

AUGUST Women’s Event August 15 Los Angeles, California

DECEMBER Cracked Xmas 12 December 6 Los Angeles, California

Nick Urbom, Richard Ayoub, Michael Westrick & Ross Anderson

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The Trevor Project

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Charles Robbins

Executive Director & CEO

Siana-Lea Gildard

Institutional Giving Director

Phoenix Schneider, M.S.W. Scott Meckling Program Director

Major Gifts Officer

Dave Reynolds, M.P.H.

Jenifer Ortiz

Michael Vacha Jr.

Alan Gordon

Kelli Peterman

Richard Rocha

Advocacy and Education Manager Special Events Director West Coast Call Center Manager East Coast Call Center Manager

Jacqueline Wing

Communications Manager

Database & Volunteer Manager Administrative Assistant

Wing-Sum Doud, Erin English Interns

Ryan Lombardini

Communications Associate

Board of Directors James Lecesne Founder

Peggy Rajski Founder

Randy Stone

(1958-2007) Founder

Sean Mc Manus Chair

David McFarland Vice Chair

Ricky Strauss Vice Chair

Michael A. Graham Secretary

Jim Murphy Treasurer

David Anderson Richard Ayoub Brian Bish

Lisa Brende Ken Campbell Warren Cohn Brian Dorsey Al Duncan Jeffrey Fishberger, M.D. Joel Flatow Bonnie Graves Meredith Kadlec Ned J. Lustbader Scott A. McPhail Jason Oclaray Sean Radford Heidi Schulz Ron Valdez Jeffrey Paul Wolff Scott Zimmerman Ryan Zynger


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