Uzo Aduba was honored Monday night by the Point Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students.
The “Orange Is the New Black” actress (and Medfield native) appeared before a crowd of 400 guests at The Plaza Hotel in New York City to receive the Point Courage Award. After she was introduced by “Hamilton” star Javier Muñoz and presented with the award, Aduba made a point to address the scholarship recipients in the audience.
“I want you to know that each of you is a member of my chosen family and that every single day — so long as I have breath in my lungs — I chose to fight for your cause, to stand beside you, and serve as a reminder that we see you,” she said.
The gala was hosted by Emma Willmann and featured performances by Matt Doyle and Emily Skeggs. Also honored that evening was MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, who was introduced by CNN anchor Don Lemon and given the Point Impact Award. Richard Socarides, who once served as a special assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, accepted the Point Leadership Award on behalf of filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, who was unable to make it in person, but sent a video thank-you message instead. Black appeared in the video with his fiance, British Olympic diver Tom Daley.
According to the event organizers, Black couldn’t travel from London because of UK visa regulations that could impact his upcoming marriage to Daley. “We’re sorry Black couldn’t make the event,” said Point Foundation spokesman Eugene Patron, “but I think everyone in the audience certainly understood — and were charmed by the video he and Daley sent.”