Teen Line, the ground-breaking teen-to-teen support hotline, will honor the Sarah Shindler family with the Family Advocacy Award at the Food for Thought Luncheon, Thursday, May 25, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.

Actress Katie Lowes of ABC’s hit show Scandal, will host.

Teen Line volunteer Sarah Shindler and her parents will be honored with the 2017 Family Advocacy Award. Sarah joined Teen Line in the 10th grade and will be graduating this year. She has been accepted to George Washington University and will begin in the fall. She credits her parents for their support and dedication to the Teen Line program. “I know even as I go to college and my parents have an empty nest, Teen Line will always be a part of our family, no matter where we are and what we are doing,” Shindler said.

Also being honored at the luncheon: Naomi Perez will receive the Teen Hero Award; Dylan Brenner and Natalie Musicant will receive Outstanding Listener Awards; Elliot Snow will receive the Advocacy Award; Tommy Attwood, Eshanika Chaudhary and Joy Flournoy will receive Teen Voice Awards; Molly Cody, Audrey Kotick, Laura Lopez, Claudia Montaner, Alexa Nourafchan, Max Kopelow, Seungil Lee and Isabella Sarnoff will receive Distinguished Service Awards.

“This year’s honorees exemplify the very best of our dedicated supporters who know firsthand how crucial an organization like Teen Line can be in furthering the well-being of our youth,” said Michelle Carlson, Teen Line Executive Director. “Each has made a personal commitment to strengthening the message that we strive to deliver and in so doing, bring hope and reassurance to some of our most vulnerable young people.”

Teen Line receives more than 15,000 calls, texts and emails each year, providing a safety net for teenagers dealing with troubled relationships; verbal, emotional or physical abuse; substance abuse; suicide; peer pressure; cyber bullying and other challenges. In addition, more than 25,000 participants annually attend Teen Line events at schools and community forums.

Prior to the luncheon, a boutique will showcase fashionable items for purchase, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Teen Line.

Sponsorships begin at $1,000; individual tickets, $150. For more information, email events@teenlineonline.org or visit www.teenlineonline.org.

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