The Actors Fund to Honor Hilary Swank, Margaret O'Brien, Fred Savage, Tia & Tamera Mowry

The Actor's Fund's Looking Ahead Awards will honor top leaders in young performer community, featuring host Fred Savage.

Honorees include:
JUDY SWANK(MOTHER OF OSCAR WINNER HILARY SWANK)
TIA & TAMERA MOWRY
MAX BURKHOLDER of NBC'S PARENTHOOD
and OSCAR WINNER MARGARET O'BRIEN with the "SHIRLEY TEMPLE AWARD"

Child Star Honoree Committee:
Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson/Little House on the Prairie)
Mary McDonough (Erin Walton/The Waltons)
Erin Murphy (Tabitha/Bewitched)

The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead program, which helps professional young performers and their families address the unique challenges of working in the entertainment industry, will present the Looking Ahead Awards

DATE: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038

TICKET: $150 and $300. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities please call or email Kathleen Cahill at 323.933.9244 or kcahill@actorsfund.org or visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

THE AWARDS

Looking Ahead will bestow five awards, each reflecting a core value of the program:

o The Shirley Temple Award, honoring an early pioneer for their legacy in paving the way for other young performers; The inagrial award will be presented to Academy Award winning child star Margaret O'Brien
o The Looking Ahead Award for Education, honoring a former young performer who has made education a priority in their life;
o The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service, honoring a former young performer who exemplifies giving back to the community;
o The Looking Ahead Award for Social Awareness, honoring a current young performer who is raising social awareness about an important issue through a current role; and
o The Judy and Hilary Swank Award, honoring a parent who exemplifies the central importance of healthy parenting to the well-being and development of young performers.


The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the former young performer community who continue to inspire the world by living the program's core values of growth, leadership and community service. Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank will present her mother, Judy Swank, with the Looking Ahead Parenting Award; Max Burkholder (NBC's Parenthood) will receive the Looking Ahead Social Awareness Award and Academy Award winner Margaret O'Brien is slated to receive the "Shirley Temple Award."

The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-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 former young performer turned director and producer Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.

THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that helps everyone - performers and those behind the scenes - who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 17,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund's programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has - for nearly 132 years - been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org.

The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-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. Visit www.lookingaheadprogram.org.



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