Music icon Kelly Clarkson received a custom Bennett recognition award as the Nickelodeon 2017 HALO Hall of Fame honoree. The Nickelodeon HALO Awards are annual awards that recognize teens that are making a positive difference in their communities and the world by “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). Recipients of these awards receive a custom sculpture award created by Bennett Awards, along with a grant for their organization, scholarship funds, and an opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service.
For these awards, Bennett Awards created custom fabricated aluminum awards in the shape of batons. These baton sculptures were anodized in orange (the Nickelodeon brand color). 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.
In addition to the teen honorees, Kelly Clarkson received a HALO Hall of Fame award, which is an award given to a celebrity that helps and leads others by making the world a better place. Clarkson was recognized for her work with a wide variety of organizations including XQ Super School; Donor’s Choose Harvey Fund; Miracle on Broadway, an annual concert she created that benefits local Nashville nonprofits; March of Dimes, for which she serves as a celebrity ambassador; and Musicians on Call.
Clarkson’s HALO Hall of Fame Award was in the same material and form factor as the teen awards, but was plated in gold.
The teen recipients of the 2017 HALO awards were:
- Zoe Terry, 11, started Zoe’s Dolls, an organization that helps other girls feel beautiful and empowered.
- Raegan Junge, 12, founded Raegan’s Relief Efforts and has raised over $23,000 in 25 different states to donate and deliver products to natural disaster victims.
- Andrew Dunn, 14, encourages people to complete acts of kindness and organizes community events through his Random Acts of Kindness Louisville organization.
- Caleb White, 15, is fighting homelessness in Detroit by raising money; so far, the Caleb White Project has donated more than $300,000 and enlisted 3,500 volunteers to clean and repair facilities around the city.
The 2017 Nickelodeon HALO Awards presentation was held in New York City on November 26, 2017. It was hosted and produced by Nick Cannon, and featured performances by Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Hey Violet, Ayo & Teo, Why Don’t We, and Jacob Sartorius. The event was televised on Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and Nicktoons.