The Looking Ahead Awards Honors Young Performers Community | Actors Fund

The Looking Ahead Awards Honors Young Performers Community

December 13, 2016 | Events & Performances

Photo credit: Marcus Scribner and Miles Brown accepted The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness from Ms. Taylor's grandchildren Tarquin and Naomi Wilding, on behalf of the young stars of black-ish. Photo: Nina Prommer.

The stars were shining in Hollywood for the 2016 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday night at the beautiful Taglyan Complex, where over 300 guests enjoyed exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, fabulous cocktail hour, fun photo booth, delicious gourmet dinner and a meaningful celebrity-studded awards ceremony. The event raised over $50,000 in support of The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead program. Hosted by Fred Savage and Ashley Argota, the gala celebrated 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.

The family affair included Wilmer Valderrama’s impassioned speech honoring his parents, Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino Valderrama, with The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for parenting; “black-ish stars Miles Brown and Marcus Scribner receiving The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness from Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren, Naomi Wilding and Tarquin Wilding; Jordana Brewster speaking on the importance of pursuing academic goals while receiving the Looking Ahead Award for Education from her sister Isabella Brewster; Lance Bass discussing his fervent activism work while receiving The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service from his husband Michael Turchin; and Paul Petersen being honored with the esteemed Shirley Temple Award by his The Donna Reed Show co-star and longtime friend Shelley Fabares.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners:  Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, Kelly and Lou Gonda, Devotion Vodka, Hint Water and Sextant Wines.

Very special thanks to The Looking Ahead Advisory Committee, the Western Council Events Committee and generous table sponsors Sharon Lieblein, Gary Sommerstein and Local 884 IATSE The Studio Teachers.

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