Ne-Yo, Neon Trees, Nicole Richie, Lucy Hale, Jesse Williams, Heather Morris, Anthony Anderson, James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr,

 Ne-Yo, Neon Trees, Nicole Richie, Lucy Hale, Jesse Williams, Heather Morris,
Anthony Anderson, James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr, Victoria Justice, Cast Of See
       Dad Run And Others Join Host Nick Cannon At TeenNick Halo Awards

Star-Studded Event Honoring Teens Committed To Service Set To Premiere Nov. 19
On Nick At Nite

Teen Surprised with HALO Award Onstage

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ne-Yo, Neon Trees, Nicole Richie,
Lucy Hale, Jesse Williams, Heather Morris, Anthony Anderson, James Maslow,
Carlos Pena Jr, Victoria Justice and the cast of See Dad Run were among the
celebs who took to the Hollywood Palladium stage to join host Nick Cannon in
honoring five extraordinary teens for the 2012 TeenNick HALO Awards live
event. The fourth annual TeenNick HALO Awards was held today and  will air as
a 90-minute special premiering Monday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), on Nick at
Nite, with an encore Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10 p.m. (ET) on TeenNick.
Conceived, hosted and executive-produced by Cannon, the awards show recognizes
and celebrates real teens who are "Helping and Leading Others" (HALO).


During the star-studded evening, Neon Trees rocked the stage with their hit
single "Everybody Talks" and Ne-Yo had the crowd singing along to "Let Me Love
You." In a surprise moment onstage, Richie awarded 18-year-old Raymone George
with a HALO Award in recognition of his work as a mentor and coach to a youth
dance troupe. Ne-Yo, who is performing at MTV's New Year's Eve special, also
invited George to be his VIP guest for the day. George and the four existing
teen honorees each received a baton-shaped HALO Award and scholarship fund
from superstar presenters including Richie (The Richie-Madden Children's
Foundation), Hale (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Operation Smile),
Morris (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals),
Anderson (F.A.C.E Diabetes) and former school teacher Williams (supports
education) along with other surprises. 

Previously announced HALO Award honorees – Allyson Ahlstrom, Matt Ferguson,
Kylie Lan Tumiatti and Taylor Waters – were surprised by a visit from Cannon,
awarded a grant for their cause and given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
meet and connect with a mega-celebrity who shares a similar passion for their
cause. Their celebrity matches are Tyra Banks, Emma Stone, Justin Bieber and
Josh Duhamel, respectively, and their taped segments will be featured in the

Presenting sponsors of the fourth annual TeenNick HALO Awards are Chevrolet,
COVERGIRL, Reese's Puffs® cereal and Target. During the live taping, each
sponsor surprised their respective teen HALO Award honorees with the

  oChevrolet provided funding for gas and lodging for Ahlstrom as she takes
    her Threads for Teens boutique on the road this summer, traveling to 48
    states with the goal of outfitting a total of 1,000 girls.
  oIn support of Ferguson, COVERGIRL donated product for Matt's Chemo Bags,
    which provide comfort packages to women undergoing chemotherapy for breast
  oReese's Puffs® cereal provided Waters with resources for disaster relief
    kits for her Hurricane Sandy outreach.
  oTarget made over one of Operation Hope Florida's listening rooms and
    outfitted it with new computers and listening stations to help Tumiatti
    teach the children of migrant workers how to read.

Nickelodeon's charitable live-action stars joined in the celebration of the
extraordinary teens and their service contributions.

  oAhlstrom received racks of clothing from various Nickelodeon series from
  oFerguson was given hand-packed care bags by the cast of See Dad Run that
    he can pass along to chemo patients.
  oThe presenters, performers and celebrity talent in attendance at the HALO
    Awards presented Waters with autographed custom shirts that she can
    auction off to raise funds for her Red Cross Club.
  oPena Jr. and Maslow recorded a digital reading of a book for Tumiatti's
    Operation Hope Florida.
  oGeorge was gifted brand-new audio and computer equipment for his dance
    troupe from TeenNick.

This year's HALO honorees are:

Raymone George, 18, Brooklyn, N.Y. (paired with Ne-Yo) – Raymone George
discovered a passion for dancing at The Beacon Center, an afterschool program
that provides a safe haven in neighborhoods where poverty and crime is
prevalent. Dancing allowed George to work out his frustrations in a creative
and healthy manner and he credits it for keeping him out of trouble. He
currently spends time choreographing and coaching the center's 10-14 year old
dance troupe and works one-on-one with kids who are struggling. George's HALO
match, Ne-Yo, supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America and founded the Compound
Foundation which is committed to increasing awareness about the status of
children in the child welfare system. The organization also supports and
partners with residential care facilities and independent group homes through
programs aimed at teaching entrepreneurship and life skills that will empower
them to become productive, successful, independent adults.

Allyson Ahlstrom, 17,Santa Rosa, Calif. (paired with Tyra Banks) –A bubbly
and fashion forward self-starter, Allyson Ahlstrom was inspired to combine her
love of fashion and community service to create Threads for Teens, an
organization that collects and distributes clothing to disadvantaged (low
income, foster care, etc.) teen girls. She provides one-on-one support to
every one of the girls as they shop, bonding over fashion, talking about their
lives and sharing motivational advice. In just two years Ahlstrom moved her
organization into a fashionable pink boutique, raised over $130,000 in product
donations and outfitted over 200 girls. Ahlstrom's HALO match, Tyra Banks,
started TZONE at the Lower Eastside Girls Club, providing a rich mix of career
development workshops, mentoring, experiential learning opportunities,
financial literacy initiatives and community-wide events so hundreds of girls
will build self-esteem and develop the tools they need to prepare for lives as
entrepreneurs and change-makers in the world.

Matt Ferguson, 18, Hillsboro, Ore. (paired with Emma Stone) – Matt Ferguson
was inspired to start Matt's Chemo Bags after finding out his mom had been
diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. He began building bags of essential
items (lotion, tissues, warm socks, a handmade blanket, a lap pillow,
notebook) to distribute to women suffering from breast cancer in hopes that it
would bring them the same comfort that a similar bag brought his own mother as
she went through chemotherapy. His organization now services all of Oregon,
Southwest Washington, and Northern California and has distributed over 7,500
bags. Ferguson's HALO match, Emma Stone, is an advocate for Stand Up To
Cancer, an initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that
will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

Kylie Lan Tumiatti, 16, West Melbourne, Fla. (paired with Justin Bieber) –
Kylie Lan Tumiatti developed a passion for giving back to the community early
on, after watching her younger sister struggle with learning English.
Tumiatti decided to help others who faced similar obstacles and partnered with
Operation Hope Florida, a non-profit facility that provides prekindergarten
classes to children of migrant workers. Together they implemented a literacy
program that enhances the language skills of young children while
simultaneously instilling a love of stories and books. Tumiatti's HALO match,
Justin Bieber, is big supporter of Pencils of Promise, which works to build
schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.

Taylor Waters, 19, Sanford, N.C. (paired with Josh Duhamel) -- A compassionate
leader and aspiring teacher, Taylor Waters belief in giving back to her
community stems from her personal experiences with disaster. She continues
to encourage youth involvement through her hometown American Red Cross and she
is establishing her own Red Cross Club at East Carolina University. Waters'
HALO match is Josh Duhamel, who supports the disaster relief efforts of the
American Red Cross, as well as his hometown's Minot Area Community Foundation
in North Dakota which establishes permanently endowed funds to support both
local and national charities and charitable causes.

The TeenNick HALO Awards is a Nickelodeon Original executive produced by Nick
Cannon, Lauren Lazin, Alex Coletti and Sal Maniaci.

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