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The Looking Ahead Awards

The Looking Ahead Awards is an annual fundraising gala held in Hollywood every year to raise support and awareness for our Looking Ahead program services for the young performer community.


This annual event focuses on five core values of the Looking Ahead program: healthy parenting, mentorship, social awareness, education and community service.

Held at the magnificent Tagylan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, this very special evening features exciting “blue” carpet arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony.


The Judy and Hilary Swank Parenting Award

Honoring the parent(s) of a former young performer

2018 Joani Geltman (mother of Ari Graynor)
2017 Dolores Robinson (mother of Holly Robinson Peete)
2016 Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino Valderrama (parents of Wilmer Valderrama)
2015 Martha Callari Reivers and David Reivers (parents of Cobin Bleu)
2014 Judy Swank (mother of Hilary Swank)

The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness

Honoring a current young performer who is raising awareness about an important societal issue through a current role

2018 The cast of Disney Channel's Andi Mack: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie and Asher Angel
2017 Young Cast of This Is Us
2016 Young Cast of black-ish
2015 Young Cast of The Fosters (The Looking Ahead Award for Social Awareness)
2014 Max Burkholder (The Looking Ahead Award for Social Awareness)

The Shirley Temple Award

Honoring an early pioneer for his/her legacy in paving the way for other young performers

2017 Charlotte Rae
2016 Paul Petersen
2015 Rose Marie
2014 Margaret O’Brien

The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service

Honoring a former young performer who exemplifies giving back to the community

2018 Monique Coleman
2017 Young Cast of Detroit
2016 Lance Bass
2015 Mario Lopez
2014 Looking Ahead Advisory Committee Co-Chairs Sharon Lieblein and Fred Savage

The Looking Ahead Award for Education

Honoring a former young performer who has made education a priority in his/her life

2018 Raven-Symoné
2017 Kellie Martin
2016 Jordana Brewster
2015 Tatyana Ali
2014 Tia and Tamara Mowry