CARE Awards Honor Child Stars--Actress Merit Leighton To Be Honored At Hollywood Red Carpet Event

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Merit Leighton, a 6-year-old actress from Valencia, CA, will be honored with a C.A.R.E. (Child Actor Recognition Event) Award during a red-carpet ceremony at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Merit Leighton, a 6-year-old actress from Valencia, CA, will be honored with a C.A.R.E. (Child Actor Recognition Event) Award during a red-carpet ceremony at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Merit has been modeling since 6 months old, in catalogs and ad campaigns, but just this July began her TV and film career. This award recognizes her work in a short film called "The Unopened Basket" and three national commercials: Yoplait, Leap Frog and National Association of Realtors. "It was a pleasure to have Merit work with us on our NAR commercial," said John Most from the Most Agency. Director Allison McManus from "The Unopened Basket" said, "Merit did an amazing job as Sofie, and she has a bright future ahead"

Young Hollywood is hot and enjoys a 100% positive image at the fifth annual C.A.R.E. Awards, sponsored by BizParentz.org. This event will be held on March 15th 2009 to celebrate the positive ways children contribute to the entertainment industry. Held at the Globe Theatre inside Universal Studios Hollywood. CARE honors over 150 of the industry's brightest young stars, for their positive contributions to the entertainment industry. Awardees will receive red carpet entrance to Universal Studios, private awards luncheon, engraved trophy, gift bag, collectible souvenirs, and entrance to Universal Studios Theme Park for a day of kid-oriented fun following the event.    

CARE Awards are based on a unique point system where young performers (18 and younger) must qualify with a combination of professional acting work in 2008, academics, union membership, training, a written essay, community service, parent industry knowledge, and several other criteria.

In Los Angeles Merit Leighton is managed by Nelson Parks at The ESI Network.

For more information about Merit Leighton or the C.A.R.E Awards, visit http://www.meritleighton.com or http://www.bizparentz.org.

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