NEW YORK — On Monday, October 22, 2018, the Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF) will honor activist, advocate, and former Second Lady of the United States Tipper Gore, and The Estée Lauder Companies at its 2018 Upstander Legacy Celebration. This annual fundraising event is attended by influential leaders and activists from across the country who support the organization’s mission to end bullying – both online and offline – in schools, workplaces, and faith communities. The award recognizes individuals and organizations who embody what it means to move from being bystanders to Upstanders, and who have made significant contributions to the Tyler Clementi Foundation’s mission.
The Tyler Clementi Foundation was founded by Joseph and Jane Clementi to honor their son, a teen who died by suicide after he was the victim of a vicious incident of cyberbullying at Rutgers University in 2010.
“Bullying, both online and offline, is a pervasive issue affecting millions of families, often with tragic consequences,” said Jane Clementi, co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. “The only way to protect all youth from bullying is to change our culture that allows this behavior to take place. This means informing youth, parents and educators on what can be done to prevent bullying and how we all must safely stand up against it whenever and wherever it happens.”
“Comprehensive and accessible mental health care is so critical to those affected by bullying, both those who are victims and those who are bullies,” said activist, advocate, and former Second Lady of the United States Tipper Gore. “When a student is injured falling off of playground equipment, we rush to provide the physical care they may need. But, when a student either experiences or is responsible for bullying, the mental health care and other support they need may not be available, despite its life-threatening consequences. We must do all we can to ensure support for all affected by bullying. I am proud to stand with the Tyler Clementi Foundation and their amazing work to do just this – end bullying.”
“The Estée Lauder Companies is committed to cultivating an inclusive environment where our employees, our consumers and the communities in which we operate can thrive,” said Nancy Mahon, senior vice president for Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability at The Estée Lauder Companies. “We are a proud supporter of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and its mission to ending bullying in all forms to create a more inclusive and kinder world.”
“We are so thankful for Tipper Gore and The Estée Lauder Companies,” said Jason Cianciotto, executive director of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. “Both are inspirational examples of how individuals and corporations who are dedicated to public service can save lives by supporting and promoting bullying prevention.”
Please contact Meredith MacKenzie at MMacKenzie@westendstrategy.com if you are interested in speaking with someone from the Tyler Clementi Foundation, or if you are interested in covering the Upstander Legacy Celebration.
WHAT: The Tyler Clementi Foundation’s 2018 Upstander Legacy Celebration
WHEN: Monday, October 22, 2018, at 6:30 P.M. ET
WHERE: The Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th St., New York, NY
Tickets are available at www.TylerClementi.org
The Tyler Clementi Foundation’s mission is to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities. Founded in 2011 by Joseph and Jane Clementi in memory of Tyler – a son, brother, and friend – the foundation’s bullying prevention and education programs include the Upstander Pledge, #Day1, Upstander Speaker Series, Tyler’s Suite, Workplace Training, and True Faith Doesn’t Bully. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act would require colleges and universities receiving federal funding to prohibit harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.