Point Foundation Honors Tony Winner Cherry Jones Sept. 26

By Andrew Gans
26 Sep 2009

Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Point Foundation, the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students of merit, honors two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones Sept. 26

Jones (The Heiress, Doubt) will receive the Point Courage Award at Point's annual Los Angeles benefit, Point Honors. The evening at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel will also honor the Motorola company with the Point Inspiration Award.

Rent's Frenchie Davis will perform. Guests will include Jones, Michael Emerson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Swoosie Kurtz, Adam Shankman and Lily Tomlin, among others.

The Point Courage Award recognizes an individual who has "advocated for the future of the LGBT community and lives with the vision that investing in today's potential will produce a brighter tomorrow." The Point Inspiration Award recognizes a corporation that "champions respect and inclusion of the LGBT community, and operates with the vision that the success achieved by talented young people is limited only by the resources and opportunities they are given to help them fulfill their potential."

In a statement Jorge Valencia, executive director and chief executive officer of Point Foundation, said, "In addition to being one of the most respected actresses in her profession, Cherry Jones has lived her life unapologetically as an out lesbian and is a shining example of courage to all individuals fighting for equality. More importantly, Ms. Jones gives hope to young people everywhere including our Point Scholars."

Jones added, "I was honored and humbled when I learned that I would receive the Point Courage Award. The Point Foundation is a wonderful organization, granting scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students across America, and I am proud to be associated with such a worthy cause."

For tickets to the event call (323) 933-1234 or visit www.pointfoundation.org.