Sponsor a Beyond The Bell Youth For $30

Kids are inspired by the Free Willy orca star Keiko, and ever since we started this project we have received countless letters from kids and parents all over the world.

We have invited one of those kids, now an adult, to join us on the Blue Carpet. Her name is Stephanie Shaw.

She, like so many others, has been fascinated by orca whales since first watching the movie Free Willy at the age of two.  She grew up following and supporting Keiko’s rehabilitation and release while dreaming of becoming a marine mammal researcher herself.

We are proud to welcome Stephanie Shaw to the Blue Carpet Ceremony and the Keiko The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy Q&A panel as a representative of all those inspired to action by Free Willy and Keiko’s story.

This event will provide an opportunity to entertain and educate a new generation of kids to believe beyond their wildest dreams that they can make a difference in this world.

 Sponsor a Youth to Attend

Because of all that has happened with ‘Keiko’s kids’, on August 17th, we are teaming with LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell Division and  the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation to bring 200 students to the World Premier Screening of Keiko The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy and the 20th Anniversary screening of the hit film that started it all: Free Willy.

This ticket will pay for the child’s transportation to and from the event, their ticket to the films and ceremony, and for a meal at the event.

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It’s great to know that the message is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago!

Please join us now and sponsor one or more of these kids with a ticket to the event.


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Nowhere in recent history has a captive mammal garnered so much attention as Keiko, the orca star of the 1993 hit film, “Free Willy.” The film’s success, partnered with growing public interest in animals held in captivity, launched a children’s crusade that called for Keiko’s release into the wild. The result: a multimillion-dollar project that spanned four countries, weathered endless controversy and lasted nearly a decade. Through first-hand accounts by the marine mammal experts charged with his care, “Keiko The Untold Story” follows Keiko, his life, his legacy of hope, and the untold story of his extraordinary years in Iceland and Norway.