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Red Carpet Relief debut announced

The annual Academy Awards will have a red carpet a little closer to home this year, thanks to a group of San Diegans committed to the work of the Trevor Project.

The Red Carpet Relief inaugural event will celebrate the Academy Awards in style on March 7th, 2010 at the Mission Hills home of Mark Weis.

Organizers hope to raise at least $6,000 for the Trevor Project, through sponsorships and ticket sales. The Trevor Project maintains the nation's only 24-hour suicide and crisis prevention hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Several sponsorship levels are available, including the prestigious Title Sponsorship. For $500, this level of sponsorship includes equal billing in all press & media advertising and 10 tickets to the event. The Sponsors in a Leading Role level is $250, and offers 5 event tickets, and media recognition. Sponsors in a Supporting Role is offered at $175, with media recognition and 3 tickets to the event. The final sponsorship level is the $100 Nominee Sponsorship, which includes 2 tickets and recognition. The number of sponsorships for each level are limited.

Businesses are being encouraged to sponsor this first time event.

"Businesses and people who sponsor a benefit for the Trevor Project are assured of one thing: their money supports programs that literally save young lives," said Arlon Jay Staggs. "It’s one of the most moving organizations I have ever worked with.”

Staggs is the creator and organizer of Red Carpet Relief. They feel strongly about the work the Trevor Project is doing and thoughtfully chose them as their benefactor.

“Every one of our LGBTQ organizations is critical to our movement, but this life-saving work is unique to the Trevor Project. It’s been easy for us to get behind its mission.”

About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential helpline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. The organization was founded in 1998 by three filmmakers whose film, “Trevor,” a comedy/drama about a gay teenager, who attempts suicide, received the 1994 Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Live Action). Visit www.TheTrevorProject.org, for more information.

About Red Carpet Relief, a Benefit for the Trevor Project
Red Carpet Relief is an Academy Awards viewing party and fundraising event planned and organized by a group of San Diegans to benefit the work of the Trevor Project. For more information about Red Carpet Relief, a benefit for the Trevor Project, visit www.redcarpetrelief.org, or contact Arlon Jay Staggs at arlon@redcarpetrelief.org or 619-865-5199.