The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program will present The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.
Hosted by Fred Savage and Ashley Argota, The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.
Wilmer Valderrama will honor his parents, Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. Valderrama, with The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting. (Sobeida Valderrama will accept on their behalf); “black-ish” stars Miles Brown, Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner will receive The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness from Naomi Wilding and Tarquin Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren); Jordana Brewster will receive the Looking Ahead Award for Education from her sister Isabella Brewster; Lance Bass will receive The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service from his husband Michael Turchin; and Paul Petersen will be honored with The Shirley Temple Award by his “The Donna Reed Show” co-star and longtime friend Shelley Fabares.
Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards
The gala features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony. Individual tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or tables please visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards or contact Kathleen Cahill at 323-933-9244 or [email protected].
The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAF-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 300 youths per year, their families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counselling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.