–Corbin Bleu & Bailee Madison show off their Sims 3 skills at the Starlight Hospital Happening Event at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. The event was sponsored by Electronic Arts in conjunction with Variety’s annual Power Of Youth initiative, to which Starlight is a charity beneficiary, and allowed the hospital’s teens to play The Sims 3 and The Sims 3 World Adventures. Bailee & Corbin also spent time with the kids.
Bailee, at just 10-years-old, has been named the spokesperson for the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s StarPower program. StarPower is an initiative that encourages youth to give back to other youngsters with the conviction that you’re never too young to give back to your community. Bailee is joined by a special group of young film and television actors, athletes and performers – StarPower Ambassadors – who have also committed to use their time, energy and initiative on behalf of Starlight families.
“It was two years ago that I first attended a Starlight event,” says Bailee. While listening to Corbin Bleu (Starlight’s national spokesperson) speak that night, I remember turning to my mommy and telling her that I wanted to make a difference. She turned back to me and said, ‘You will’ and our prayers were answered this summer when I filmed ‘Letters to God.’ I saw the power that hope, love and compassion have in helping each child find light and laughter during some of their darkest times, which is exactly what Starlight brings to the lives of families every day. I am so very excited for the opportunity to show that no matter how young we are, we can make a difference.”
StarPower Ambassadors use their “star power” to brighten the lives of young patients with hospital visits and entertainment performances, by hosting chats in Starlight’s chat room for sick teens, volunteering at Starlight events and Great Escapes family outings, spreading awareness about Starlight’s programs and campaigns, and participating in fundraising efforts.
Bailee can be seen in the upcoming film, Brothers (with Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire), which opens Friday, December 4. And also in 2010, An Invisible Sign of My Own (with Jessica Alba), Betty Anne Waters (with Hilary Swank), Letters To God, the true and inspiring story of a young boy’s struggle with cancer, and finally, Guillermo del Toro’s Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce) in which she has the starring role.
To learn more about the Starlight Foundation, visit starlight.org. Bailee recently chatted with Popstar! about her work with the foundation. Watch those videos below. Also be sure to follow Bailee on twitter: @followbailee. She’s definitely a young star to watch out for. Critics have raved about her role in Brothers and Lionsgate is even presenting her for consideration for an Academy Award nomination. Congrats Bailee!