CARE Awards to Honor Child Star Justin Henry

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The CARE Awards will honor former child star Justin Henry (Kramer vs. Kramer) along with 150 of today's current young performers. The CARE Awards is scheduled for Sunday, March 14 at Universal Studios Hollywood

The BizParentz Foundation announced today that their guest of honor will be former child star Justin Henry (Kramer vs. Kramer). Henry, the youngest Academy Award nominee on record, will be honored at the CARE Awards which will be held Sunday, March 14th at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Justin was very fortunate to find success at an extremely young age. But he didn’t stop there. He continued his education and continued his career. That’s a great example for our current young stars,” said Paula Dorn, founder of BizParentz Foundation.

Henry was acclaimed for his heart-wrenching performance as the son of Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman in the 1980 Best Picture Kamer vs. Kramer, for which he won a Golden Globe in addition to the Oscar nod.     After that success he was seen in a slew of television guest stars and films such as Sweethearts Dance and Sixteen Candles, with most viewers not even realizing he was the same adorable child from Kramer vs. Kramer. He left the industry to attend Skidmore College where he played lacrosse, participated in theatre and earned a degree in Psychology. He returned the screen to star in the film TV film Andersonville, and continues his career today with roles in shows such as ER and My Own Worst Enemy, while having a career in new media. Today’s audiences may also recognize him from his recent wins on World Series of Poker.

Henry is now a parent himself and believes that “acting is a wonderful playground where you can always be free.” Past recipients of the CARE Award have included Margaret O’Brien, Lawrence, JoAnne and Fred Savage, and Stanley Livingston.    

Henry will be honored alongside 150 of Hollywood’s youngest stars at the awards. That’s unusual for Hollywood award season, where intergenerational honors are hard to come by. At first glance, CARE, aka Child Actor Recognition Event, looks like a typical Hollywood red carpet awards show. But CARE requires that even their 150 child honorees bring something to the table. To receive a CARE award, child actors must have worked professionally in 2009, kept a 3.0 grade point average in school, done community service, and written an essay. Additional criteria include acting study, union membership, clean online presence and an art project. Their parents must also prove their worth—they have to pass a written quiz that incorporates questions addressing current events like the issues involved in the current industry labor relations, and naming states that have child labor laws.    

Henry will join awardees that include a hot slate of child stars. Awardees come from across the continent, representing at least 27 states and Canada.

CARE is made possible by a full slate of corporate sponsors including Universal Studios, Laurel Springs School (who will be awarding one lucky child with a $2000 scholarship), and Disney. Proceeds from the event benefit the BizParentz Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy and charitable support to parents and children engaged in the entertainment industry. Find their website, along with photos of past CARE events, at http://www.bizparentz.org.    

For more information, contact BizParentz Foundation at (818)731-9897 or by email at bizparentz(at)aol(dot)com.

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