Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Tour to Feature TEEN LINE


BTWF & ETA Will Highlight the Local Community Organization for Its Exceptional Work with Young People

Los Angeles (May 13, 2015) – Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts are excited to announce that TEEN LINE will be featured at an upcoming stop of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheek tour in Los Angeles on May 30, 2015. The initiative is part of a partnership between Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts to highlight exceptional nonprofit organizations at Cheek to Cheek stops across the country. Organizations are chosen based on their demonstrated excellence in empowering young people to become compassionate, creative, and brave.

TEEN LINE will be featured prominently at the show including a location for their staff or volunteers to interact with the thousands of fans in attendance, increasing awareness of the services and programs the group offers. Additionally, TEEN LINE will receive the proceeds from a pair of tickets to the show and a meet and greet with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga that will be auctioned off by CharityBuzz at:

Established in 1980, TEEN LINE is a nonprofit, community-based organization helping troubled teenagers address their problems. It is TEEN LINE’s mission to provide personal teen-to-teen education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, current technologies and community outreach.

“For 35 years, generations of teens have made a commitment to helping their peers by becoming listeners on the TEEN LINE crisis hotline and by participating in community outreach. No teen should feel alone and we are grateful to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for providing us this opportunity to share TEEN LINE with their fans,” said Dr. Elaine Leader, TEEN LINE Founder.

“Born This Way Foundation is thrilled to partner with Exploring the Arts to shine a light on the work these exceptional local organizations do for the young people they support. We share a mission to inspire and empower today’s youth and the resources and services these groups areproviding in their communities are critical to that goal,” said Cynthia Germanotta, Co-Founder and President of Born This Way Foundation.

“Exploring the Arts and Born This Way Foundation were founded with the goal of touching the lives of young people and inspiring the next generation of artists and leaders. The local organizations we’re featuring share this commitment, working hard every day to uplift young people in their areas,”said Susan Benedetto, Co-Founder of Exploring the Arts.

This initiative reflects Born This Way Foundation’s commitment to working with local and national allies – from GLSEN and YMCA to Youth Service America – to reach hundreds of thousands of young people directly. These relationships have enabled the organization to connect youth around the country with services and programing in their communities. Similarly, the partnership reflects Exploring the Arts’ deep history of engaging local organizations to improve arts education in public high schools throughout New York City and Los Angeles.

ABOUT TEEN LINE: TEEN LINE is an affiliated program of Cedars-Sinai and has been serving the greater Los Angeles community since 1980. Its flagship program is a confidential teen-to-teen hotline that receives more than 10,000 calls, texts and emails each year. More than 38,000 participants annually attend TEEN LINE events at schools and community forums and many more access their outstanding website. Services include renowned suicide prevention programs, a robust anti-bullying campaign, and substance abuse education. For more information visit

ABOUT BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION (BTWF): Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, BTWF was founded in 2011 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. BTWF achieves this by shining a light on real people, quality research and authentic partnerships. Working with more than 50 non-profit organizations, BTWF has connected more than over 150,000 young people with services and programing in their communities. BTWF has also partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the National Association of School Psychologists to collect data from more than 2,500 young people. This research, presented before the American Psychological Association, improved our understanding of young people’s views of mental-health services and delivery methods.

ABOUT EXPLORING THE ARTS (ETA): Founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto, ETA’s mission is to transform the lives of young people through arts education. ETA works collaboratively with 17 public high schools throughout New York City and Los Angeles to help them build high-quality, school-day arts programs and to provide additional, out-of-school arts opportunities for their students. Tony and Susan are the co-founders of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a public arts high school, located in Tony’s hometown of Astoria, Queens.


For Born This Way Foundation or Exploring the Arts

Rachel Martin –, 212-981-5236



Dr. Elaine Leader –, 310-423-3401



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