Sunday, September 14, 2008

TR Knight, Kristin Chenoweth, Bryan Batt all Show Up For Point

bryan battLast night, The Point Foundation had it's annual Los Angeles fundraiser at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood.

If you're a movie geek like me, you'll know the Henson Studios used to be the famous Chaplin Studio built in 1917 by film pioneer Charlie Chaplin.

Fabulous classic Hollywood ambiance, darlings!

The Point Foundation is a wonderful new national organization that grants scholarships to LGBT students of merit.

pictured, Judith Light, Bryan Batt and Kristin Chenoweth at the after party

TR Knight

Those in attendance included TR Knight (Gray's Anatomy) with his boyfriend Mark Cornelson, Bryan Batt (Mad Men), Camryn Manheim, Darryl Stephens (Noah's Arc), Clementine Ford (The L Word), Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors, Pushing Daisies) and of course Dame Judith Light (we have an expression in the lgbt community in LA that goes, if a gay fundraiser in Hollywood happens and Judith isn't there, did it ever really happen?).

The astonishingly talented Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Pushing Daisies) was honored with the Point Courage Award.

She caught the eye of our community a while back when a Christian group threatened to cancel her appearance at an event because of her support of gay rights.

pictured, Darryl Stephens from Noah's Arc.

Chenoweth refused to rescind and they fired her. Chenoweth is a devout Christian and also a big supporter of LGBT rights. When she accepted her award, she cried. "This means so much to me because it's not about talent, it's about character."

Clementine FordWells Fargo got the Point Inspiration Award because they are not only extremely supportive of us, but they are currently sponsoring 4 full college scholarships through Point.

Their speech and presentation was so moving, everyone at our table decided to switch banks on Monday. Sorry Wamu.

pictured left, Clementine Ford from The L Word.

It was a very moving evening as several Point Scholars took to the stage and told the stories of being disowned by their parents and unable to attend college because of financial reasons.

They all expressed so much gratitude and mentioned Point was really their true family now.

Ellen Greene Point FoundationEllen Greene: "I cook like Betty Crocker and I look like Donna Reeeeeeeeed"

One of the absolutely STELLAR moments of the night was Ellen Greene taking the stage and belting out SOMEWHERE THAT'S GREEN.

It's here if you want to listen (along with the standing ovation that followed).

Here they are: some of the best and brightest and the future of LGBT America.
Some of the current Point Scholars, going to college because of The Point Foundation

And here's the tribute reel for Kristin Chenoweth which includes clips of her work including Wicked, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, The Apple Tree, Running with Scissors, Bewitched and more.

Before and after the dinner and show, there was so much wonderful mingling.

photos by Brian Putnam.

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