LOOKING AHEAD AWARDS 2017 To Honor The Cast of DETROIT, THIS IS US & More

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The Actors Fund announced earlier this week that the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film DETROIT will be honored with the Looking Ahead Award for Community Service at the Looking Ahead Awards 2017, on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm, at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

The award, honoring an ensemble cast who exemplifies giving back to the community, will be presented to a number of the film’s stars: Laz Alonso, Joseph David-Jones, Nathan Davis Jr., Austin Hebert, Malcolm David Kelley, Jacob Latimore, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Leon Thomas III, Samira Wiley and Tyler James Williams.

The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards will also honor actresses Kellie Martin (The Looking Ahead Award For Education) and Charlotte Rae (The Shirley Temple Award); and, as previously announced, the youth cast of NBC’s THIS IS US (The Looking Ahead Award for Social Awareness).

Actor, Corbin Bleu will be the host of this year’s Looking Ahead Awards, presented by The Actors Fund.

The evening will be hosted by actor, Corbin Bleu (High School Musical, One Life to Live) the fourth 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 evening features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, live entertainment and the awards ceremony.

Looking Ahead Awards 2017 honorees are:

Kellie Martin

The Looking Ahead Award for Education

Honoring a former young performer who has made education a priority in their life

Laz Alonso, Joseph David-Jones, Nathan Davis Jr., Austin Hebert, Malcolm David Kelley, Jacob Latimore, Will Poulter , Algee Smith, Leon Thomas III, Samira Wiley and Tyler James Williams 

DETROIT

The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service

Honoring a former young performer (or cast) who exemplifies giving back to the community

Charlotte Rae 

The Actors Fund to honor two widely popular actresses at The Looking Ahead Awards 2017

Veteran actress Charlotte Rae (The Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes) will receive the Shirley Temple award, for paving the way for future professionals in the field, while actress Kellie Martin (ER, Army Wives ) to receive the Education Award, at The Looking Ahead Awards 2017.

The Shirley Temple Award

Honoring an early pioneer for their legacy in paving the way for other young performers

Honored at the Looking Ahead Awards 2017, will be the young cast members of NBC’s THIS IS US.

Eris Baker, Parker Bates, Lonnie Chavis, Niles Fitch, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Faithe Herman, Logan Shroyer and Hannah Zeile

THIS IS US

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

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 400 youths, 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 2017 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, Sextant Wines and Devotion Vodka.

ABOUT THE ACTORS FUND

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

TICKETING INFORMATION:

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 The Actors Fund.

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