For the second consecutive year, Bennett Awards created a set of custom recognition awards for Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards. Each year, the Nickelodeon Halo Awards recognize teens that are making a positive difference in their communities and the world by “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). Teens honored with this award receive a custom sculpture award created by Bennett Awards along with a grant for their organization, scholarship funds, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service. The 2016 recipients of these awards were:
- Grace Callwood, 12, Abingdon, Md.– Grace Callwood was diagnosed with cancer at the age of seven. After gaining weight from the chemotherapy, she donated her brand new back-to-school clothes to two girls who had recently lost everything in a fire. This act of kindness inspired Callwood to start the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., an organization that creates activities to bring happiness to homeless, sick and foster children through events and donated goods. Through the efforts of nearly 2000 volunteers, We Cancerve has been able to help over 3,700 kids in need.
- Jonas Corona, 13, Long Beach, Calif.– Jonas Corona was inspired to help others after meeting a homeless kid his own age on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Corona started his own organization, Love in the Mirror, which provides disadvantaged youth and their families with basic necessities such as food, clothing and learning materials. Over 45,000 homeless people have been impacted by the organization’s fundraising and donation efforts.
- Lillian Pravda, 16, New York, N.Y.– After undergoing several surgeries to correct a cataract, Lillian Pravda learned that not every child in need of eye care is able to receive it. Pravda initially started Vision for and from Children to help comfort young patients in a pediatric surgical unit, but soon grew it into an organization that supports children across the globe by providing access to sight-saving surgeries and vision services.
- Chris Suggs, 16, Kinston, N.C.– In response to the rising crime rate and education problems in his hometown, Chris Suggs created Kinston Teens, Inc. to help provide local youth with civic and community service opportunities. Over 1300 kids have participated in Kinston Teens projects to date, which include street cleanups, voter registration drives, mentoring programs and a youth leadership summit.
For these awards, Bennett Awards created custom fabricated aluminum batons. The batons were approximately 12” long by 1.5” in diameter, and anodized in orange (the Nickelodeon brand color). Each end of the baton had acrylic rings to accentuate the design. The Nickelodeon HALO AWARDS logo was engraved on the front of each baton, and the words “HELPING AND LEADING OTHERS” on the back. Finally, fabricated aluminum stands were created to hold each baton.
These custom sculpture awards were presented to recipients at a special musical event held November 11, 2016 at New York’s Pier 36. The event was hosted and produced by Nick Cannon, and featured performances by Jason Derulo, Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd, Alessia Cara, and Daya. It was also simulcast on Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons.