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Variety Power of Youth Brings the Smiles

Austin, Breslin, Dobrev, Posey, Wallis accept honors

A relaxed but spirited atmosphere enveloped the seventh Variety Power of Youth event, held Saturday on the Universal Studios backlot.

Surrounded by kid-friendly games and everyone-friendly food trucks, a warm crowd gathered to celebrate the intersection of young entertainers and philanthropy in general, and specifically this year’s quintet of honorees: Jake T. Austin (for Ronald McDonald House New York), Abigail Breslin (Project Sunshine), Nina Dobrev (Free the Children), Tyler Posey (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) and Quvenzhane Wallis (Teaching Gardens).

Among the other young talent in attendance were Brandon T. Jackson (“Percy Jackson & the Olympians”), Kaitlyn Dever (“The Spectacular Now”), Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”), Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”), Laura Marano and Raini Rodriguez (“Austin & Ally”), Tristan Pasterick (“Incredible Crew”), Karan Brar and Skai Jackson (“Jessie”), G Hannelius, Blake Michael and Francesca Capaldi (“Dog with a Blog”), Gracie Dzienny (“Supah Ninjas”) and Dove Cameron (“Liv & Maddie”).

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The night’s award presenters included Breslin’s “August: Osage County” co-star Dermot Mulroney, “The Vampire Diaries” exec producer Julie Plec and Austin’s TV mom on “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Maria Canals-Berrera and Bailee Madison (“Bridge to Terabithia”).

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