I had the immense pleasure of working the event below. I have to say it was one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had working a show, due to the worthwhile reason for the event. Congratulations again, to all of the award recipients! Please read on…
On February 23, 2011, the young A-list stars of Hollywood took over Club Nokia at the L.A. Live complex in downtown Los Angeles to present the 1st Annual Children’s Dream Awards. On this night, children and family from all parts of the world watched and celebrated the works of 6 heroic children. The show was written by children (from Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles), produced by children (Champion/2k Youth foster and juvenile children), and executed by children under the direct mentorship of the show’s producers.
The Children’s Dream Awards are a tremendous honor for any child. For one night the future stars of Hollywood donated their time and honored unsung heroes with a powerful dedication to select children who have gone above and beyond to help other children. Children selected from around the world received this prestigious honor with a handmade Peace Angel award.
Quddus (MTV) &Bella Thorne (Disney’s Shake It Up)
Fivel Stewart (The Last Protector), Hayley Hasselhoff (ABC Family’s Huge), Issabella Rae Thomas (ABC’s Brothers & Sisters), Jennessa Rose (Charlotte’s Web), Jeremy Shada (Adventuretime with Finn & Jake), Jimmy Bennett (ABC’s No Ordinary Family), Joey King (Ramona & Beezus), Joshua Moore (ABC’s Desperate Housewives),
Melky Jean (Recording Artist), Noah Munck (Disney’s iCarly),
Nolan Gould (ABC’s Modern Family), Parker Mckenna Posey (ABC’s My Wife & Kids), Ryan Eggold (The CW’s 90210), Tia Mowry (BET’s The Game)
Abraham McDonald, Ashlee Keating, B. Howard, Children of the World Choir, Da Future, Destiny Moriah, Gaby Borromeo, Haunted by Heroes, Malina Moye, Savannah Outen, Statik Express
Austin Anderson (Disney’s Victorious) received a Celebrity Humanitarian Dream Angel Award for his dedication to the Starlight Foundation. He has raised over $15,000 for youth based charities. Most recently, he raised $5,000 at a concert at House of Blues on Sunset for KidSave.
Bailee Madison (Just Go With It) received a Celebrity Humanitarian Dream Angel Award for serving as the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s national spokesperson for the Starpower Program, which brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children.
Jacob & Isaac Siegel-Boettner each received a Dream Angel Award for their short film “Pedal=Sight” that tells the story of how a young woman in India is able to go to high school because of a bicycle. They are currently working on a project to help educate the public on the power of bicycle ownership and to raise funds to buy bicycles for health workers, farmers and students around the world.
Matthew Cohen received a Dream Angel Award for creating his website, PowerFromTheSun.us, to heighten awareness for the lack of hot food and clean water in the villages of Haiti. His efforts have resulted in donations of over $5,000 to send solar ovens to Haiti.
Miranda Andersen received a Dream Angel Award for her efforts in saving coral reefs and marine life by creating her short film, “Help Mary Save Coral”, which was inspired by a woman named Mary Hagedorn who is making a difference by preserving an essential but dying ecosystem.
Mohamed Sidibay received a Dream Angel Award for his incredible story of becoming a child soldier at the young age of 3. He fought for five years in a civil war, but now has transitioned his life from war to his life as a global citizen, using media and technology to change the world.
Slater Jewell-Kemker received a Dream Angel Award for her incredible works as a youth reporter, specifically for her film “An Inconvenient Youth”. She gives a voice to teenagers globally fighting against climate change.
True Whitaker received a Celebrity Humanitarian Dream Angel Award for being a child Ambassador at Farm Sanctuary, an organization which aims to improve the lives of animals in farming factories. She and her sisters have also donated computers to Hope North, an orphanage in Northern Uganda, creating the Whitaker Girls Cyber Café.
Here is a sneak peek from one of the evenings fantastic performers, Abraham McDonald:
Tia Mowry on the red carpet with the SBMS Teen Press:
More interviews on the red carpet with some of the award recipients:
Jacob and Isaac Siegel-Boettner