Photo Flash: The Actors Fund's 5th Annual Looking Ahead Awards Photo Coverage
The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead Program presented The 2018 Looking Ahead Awards on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the magnificent Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. Hosted by Ashley Argota and Garrett Clayton, 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.
Joani Geltman received the The Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parenting, presented by her daughter, actress Ari Graynor; Raven-Symoné was presented with The Looking Ahead Award for Education by Debbie Allen; Monique Coleman accepted The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service from Kenny Ortega; and the young stars of Disney Channel's hit series "Andi Mack" - Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie and Asher Angel were introduced by co-star Lauren Tom, and received The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness from Vivian McMurray and Tarquin Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor's great-granddaughter and grandson, respectively).
This year's fifth annual gala also featured exciting live performances from Makayla Phillips (NBC's "America's Got Talent") and Dream Talent Crew dancers Jade Bucci, Gabe DeGuzman, Connor Finnerty, Sheaden Gabriel, Saryna Garcia, Liv Simone, Leanne Tessa & Sharlize True).
The 2018 Looking Ahead Awards was generously sponsored by Disney Channel/Disney XD, SAG-AFTRA, Nickelodeon, The Osbrink Agency and US Bank.
The 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 500 youths, families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young professional 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 Corbin Bleu and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein. For more information, please visit www.lookingaheadprogram.org
Photos Credit: Nina Prommer/The Actors Fund
Joani Geltman & Ari Graynor
Dream Talent Crew
Elizabeth McLaughlin & Christoph Sanders
Dream Talent Crew
Liv Simons & Makayla Phillips