The Actors Fund has announced that The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards will honor Jordana Brewster (“The Fast & The Furious,” FOX’s “Lethal Weapon”), Lance Bass (NSYNC, Logo’s “Finding Prince Charming,”), Paul Petersen (“The Donna Reed Show,” founder of A Minor Consideration) and the young stars of ABC’s “black-ish” on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00pm at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.
Wilmer Valderrama (“NCIS”) will be making a special appearance to present The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting to his parents, Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. Valderrama. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.
Hosted by Fred Savage and Ashley Argota (“The Fosters”), the third annual gala raises awareness and financial support for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program while shining the spotlight on performers who inspire the world by living the program’s five core values: education, community service, mentorship, social awareness and healthy parenting.
The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards honorees are:
The Looking Ahead Award for Education
Honoring a former young performer who has made education a priority in their life
The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service
Honoring a former young performer who exemplifies giving back to the community
The Shirley Temple Award
Honoring an early pioneer for their legacy in paving the way for other young performers
The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness
Honoring a current young performer (or cast) who is raising awareness about an important societal issue through a current role
Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. Valderrama
The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting presented by Wilmer Valderrama
Honoring the parents of a former young performer
This very special evening features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony.
The Actors Fund’s 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 counseling, 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.
The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, Sextant Wines and Devotion Vodka.
Individual tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorship packages are available beginning at $5,000 and include multiple press/branding opportunities as well as VIP tickets for the Looking Ahead Awards. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities please visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards or contact Kathleen Cahill at 323-933-9244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.