Point Foundation Honors The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. with Point Inspiration Award for Continued Support of LGBTQ Community

Point Foundation Honors The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. with Point Inspiration
                Award for Continued Support of LGBTQ Community

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Point Foundation (Point), the nation's
largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit will honor The Estee Lauder
Companies Inc. at its Point Honors New York gala, April 15
www.pointfoundation.org/NYHonors. The Estee Lauder Companies will be accorded
the Point Inspiration Award for championing respect and inclusion of the LGBTQ
community, and operating with the vision that investing in today's potential
will produce a brighter tomorrow.

Since 2009, Executives and employees of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. have
forged a strong partnership with Point Foundation: serving as mentors to Point
Scholar, hosting professional development sessions at Point leadership
conferences, volunteering their time as event chairs and committee members,
along with hosting receptions benefiting the Foundation's efforts countrywide.

"I'm deeply honored to accept the Point Inspiration Award on behalf of The
Estee Lauder Companies," said Peter Lichtenthal, President, Bumble and bumble
and Smashbox. "The Estee Lauder Companies has long fostered a culture of
inclusion and diversity. We have supported many LGBTQ causes over the years,
and our belief in Point Foundation, and thetransformative help it provides to
deserving scholars, is an important example of this commitment. Point provides
LGBTQ scholars not only with funding, but with crucial mentoring services that
work to ensure the scholar's success. I have found working with Point
Foundation highly rewarding, first as co-chair of some of Point's 2012 events
and recently as mentor to a Point Scholar."

"We are honored to recognize and celebrate The Estee Lauder Companies for
their commitment to not only the LGBTQ community and Point Foundation," said
Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point
Foundation. "Forbes Magazine ranks The Estee Lauder Companies as one of the
most innovative companies in the world, and this is clearly demonstrated by
the integral role The Estee Lauder Companies has played in helping Point
champion equal access to higher education for LGBTQ students."

About The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.: The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. is one
of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care,
makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company's products are sold in
over 150 countries and territories under the following brand names: Estee
Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, MAC, Bobbi
Brown, Tommy Hilfiger, Kiton, La Mer, Donna Karan, Aveda, Jo Malone, Bumble
and bumble, Darphin, Michael Kors, American Beauty, Flirt!, GoodSkin Labs,
Grassroots Research Labs, Tom Ford, Coach, Ojon, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna,
AERIN Beauty and Osiao. www.elcompanies.com

About Point Foundation: Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to
achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles
often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point
promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and
community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial
ability to attend the nation's foremost higher educational institutions.

Eugene Patron
Point Foundation
(212) 512-7807

Bari Seiden
The Estee Lauder Companies
(212) 572-4475

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SOURCE Point Foundation

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