Creator and Executive Producer of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” Will Receive Leadership Award at Point Honors Gala in New York April 11
The Point Foundation (Point) will honor producer, showrunner, and writer Pete Nowalk with the Point Leadership Award at the organization’s annual Point Honors gala in New York City, April 11. Point presents its Leadership Award to an individual who has achieved prominence in their professional career and unequivocally supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Some of Point’s 85 current scholars and 217 alumni will be present at the event to share with the audience their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.
The 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. More importantly, Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training. The Point Foundation has used the grand setting of the library in recent years to present awards to Lena Dunham, Neal Baer, Jonathan Groff and Jeffrey Tambor.
Nowalk, whose additional producer credits include “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” will receive the award April 11 at the Point Honors Gala at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue.
“I’m in awe of the support and scholarship the Point Foundation offers to LGBTQ students,” said Nowalk. “There’s no better way to empower our future leaders than by helping them get the education they deserve. I’m honored to receive this award and look forward to celebrating the scholars and mentors who have my deepest admiration.”
“As a writer and producer, Pete Nowalk is responsible for some of the most intelligent and authentic portrayals of gay characters on TV,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “He is an example for LGBTQ young people that if you are confident in yourself, dedicate time to your education, and you find allies who believe in you, it is possible to realize your professional and personal dreams.“
The Presenting Sponsor is Wells Fargo. Premier Sponsors are HSBC and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Principal Sponsor is Citi. The National Media Sponsors are The Advocate and Pride.com. Local Media Sponsor is Gay City News. Additional celebrity participation for the April 11 Point Honors event will be announced in the coming weeks. Information about attending or supporting Point Honors is at www.pointfoundation.org/Honors2016.