For Immediate Release

August 31, 2022

Contact: Josh Patel 


Tyler Clementi Foundation to honor Startrek’s George Takei at Upstander Legacy Celebration 

On Thursday, October 20, 2022, Tyler Clementi Foundation supporters will gather after nearly 3 years for TCF’s annual Upstander Legacy Celebration. Honoring George Takei, the Upstander Legacy Celebration will host corporate leaders and philanthropists helping to put a stop to online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities. 

In a video shared by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, Takei states “I look forward to joining a roster of leaders who have been honored for their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community and for demonstrating Upstander behavior, one who speaks up for a cause or individual targeted by bullying…. I hope you will join me at this year’s Upstander Legacy Celebration as we recognize those creating social change in our nation. As we say in Star Trek, may the Tyler Clementi Foundation Live Long and Prosper!” 

While guests enjoy elegant food and entertainment at Rumi Event Space, the Tyler Clementi Foundation team will spotlight their life-saving initiatives such as their signature program, #Day1, an innovative campaign that’s rooted in research to help stop bullying before it starts. #Day1 consists of social-emotional learning toolkits and video modules to aid leadership in educational settings, corporate structures, and religious environments ensuring people of all walks of life are treated with respect and dignity. 

“Our supporters help us change lives every day, creating safe spaces in their local communities. We couldn’t be happier to greet them and thank them in person again after such a long hiatus.” said TCF CoFounder and CEO, Jane Clementi. 

The Board of Trustees at the Tyler Clementi Foundation invites people to sponsor the event, buy tickets, or make a donation, by visiting: 

About George Takei: 

George Takei is an American actor, author, and activist. He is known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the fictional starship USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek and subsequent films. Takei was born to Japanese-American parents, with whom he lived in U.S.-run internment camps during World War II. 

About the Tyler Clementi Foundation:

The Tyler Clementi Foundation was founded by the Clementi family to prevent bullying through inclusion and the assertion of dignity and acceptance as a way to honor the memory of Tyler: a son, a brother, and a friend. In 2010, Tyler’s death became a global news story, highlighting the impact and consequences of bullying, while sparking dialogue amongst parents, teachers, and students across the country. His story also linked broader issues impacting youth and families, such as LGBT inequality, safety in schools, youth in crisis, higher education support systems, and cyberbullying.

In 2011, The Tyler Clementi Foundation was born out of the urgent need to address these bullying challenges facing vulnerable populations, especially LGBT communities and other victims of hostile social environments.