There are many phenomenal award shows which recognize some of the greatest and most gifted celebrities out, but on November 14, 2014, a very unique award show made its way to the Big Apple, NYC to honor kids who “HALO” – ‘Help and Lead Others’. The magnificent and mesmerizing 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards took place on November 14, 2014 at New York’s Pier 36 and there was a special vibe in the atmosphere that made the event absolutely indescribable and so magical. The HALO Awards “…is an annual awards show that recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities and “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Awards honoree is given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service” (source: press release). The 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards will premiere on November 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET/PT on Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons and for the first time ever, Nick.com and the NickApp.
Anyone who was at the 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards can agree that the night was just exceptional. The remarkable event was hosted by the genius himself, an individual who is so admirable and brilliant that he truly needs no form of introduction, the one and only Nick Cannon. Nick Cannon is not only a multi-threat being a stupendous film star, comedian, musician, writer and executive producer, but he also serves as an incredible role model himself exemplifying what it is like to be a person who “Helps and Leads Others”. Nick Cannon supports organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Toys For Tots, and STOMP Out Bullying to name a few. Nick Cannon stated, “We’re taking over New York City with the hottest music performers and the most awe-inspiring kids for one huge night at this year’s Nickelodeon HALO Awards. The HALO Awards embodies the altruistic spirit of the holidays with its positive message and I can’t wait to celebrate the terrific work of these young heroes”.
Many remarkable musical performers, HALO celebrity participants and Nickelodeon stars attended the fantastic event and showed NYC what it really is like to be “The City That Never Sleeps”. Musical performers included Fifth Harmony, Echosmith, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, The Roots, and The Vamps. Celebrity attendees included Matt Bennett, Benjamin Flores JR., Jack Griffo, Victoria Justice, Kira Kosarin, Sydney Park, Carlos Pena Vega, Fatima Ptacek, Leon Thomas, Breanna Yde, and Zendaya. These outstanding celebrities plus the wonderful honorees made the night one to remember and unforgettable.
Let’s learn more about the commendable and superb 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees (source: press release) :
- Lulu Cerone, 15, Los Angeles, Calif. ‐ Through her organization LemonAID Warriors, Lulu Cerone brainstorms, plans events and coordinates “PhilanthroParties,” which mix charity work with regular kids’ festivities using easy-to-follow toolkits. Following her own model, Cerone raised over $58,000 for water projects in Africa, $33,000 for local organizations, and has personally helped plan nearly 200 Philanthro-Parties across the U.S.
- Yash Gupta, 18, Irvine, Calif. – After an accident left him without his eyeglasses for a week, Yash Gupta was inspired to start Sight Learning, an organization that collects and donates used eyeglasses, sets up eye exams, and gives the gift of sight to students around the world. Since 2010, Sight Learning has donated over 21,000 pairs of glasses to students in need across 14 states in the U.S. and in four countries.
- Cassandra Lin, 16, Westerly, R.I. ‐ Cassandra Lin is the founder of Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF), a sustainable program that collects waste cooking oil, from local residents and restaurants, then converts it into biodiesel fuel. The fuel is used to heat the homes of families in need. With 145 participating restaurants and businesses in 22 towns and 20 public receptacles throughout three states, TGIF has collected over 170,000 gallons of waste cooking oil and helped heat the homes of over 290 families to date.
- Nicholas Lowinger, 16, Cranston, R.I. ‐ Gotta Have Sole – After an enlightening visit to a local homeless shelter, Nicholas Lowinger started Gotta Have Sole in 2010 to provide brand-new footwear to underprivileged children across the United States. To date, the organization works with shelters in 35 states and has provided brand-new shoes to over 21,500 underprivileged kids, giving them the confidence and means to go to school, socialize, succeed and live healthier, happier lives.
- Alanna Wall, 14, Dayton, Ohio – Striving to brighten the lives of young girls, Alanna Wall created Polished Girlz, an organization that brings trendy nail art parties to those with special needs and frequent hospitalizations. Since its inception in 2011, over 800 volunteers are currently painting girls’ nails in over 25 national chapters in North America.
Nickelodeon also teamed up with DoSomething.Org “to connect kids and teens to the community service initiatives championed by this year’s five Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees” (source: press release).
I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had the utmost honor of covering the 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards in NYC. The 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards was absolutely spectacular and there are no words to fully describe how inspirational this event truly was. With such a marvelous event, I want all of YOU to be there too. Check out some VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE photos I took from the event and stay tuned for VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE interviews with Leon Thomas, Sydney Park and Jack Griffo as well as messages from Nick Cannon and The Vamps to all their fans. Comment below and tell me or tweet me at @alexisjoyvipacc, how do YOU HALO (Help and Lead Others)?
Don’t forget to tune in to the 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards on November 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET/PT on Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick.com and the NickApp.
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