The Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up—better known by its acronym, POWER UP—will honor 20 gay men and lesbians at its annual Power Premier Gala in Hollywood November 7. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit, founded in 2000 to promote the visibility and integration of lesbians in the entertainment industry, went co-ed last year to include broader support to the LGBT spectrum.
All of this year’s honorees have made a lasting impact in entertainment and the media, and include Tabatha Coffey of the Bravo series Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, television writer and producer Elizabeth Sarnoff, film director and producer Ali Adler, and Kathy Wolfe, founder of Wolfe Video.
Founded by former TV writer and film producer Stacey Codikow, POWERUP provides career, script, television and film counseling to deserving artists who would not otherwise have access to these services. Funds raised from the schmancy, celeb-studded soiree will allow POWER UP to continue conducting its successful educational programs, including it’s hands-on filmmaking mentorships, classes, workshops and seminars.