This weekend, Pier 36 hosted the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards where Executive Producer Nick Cannon honored four amazing teens giving back to their communities and the first celeb to ever receive the Hall of Fame Award.
Justin Bieber graciously received the award with a tribute to the victims of the November 13th attacks on Paris. In his speech, he also challenged his fans to show more love and “be the light in this dark, dark world.” Nick Cannon said when he created HALO (which stands for Helping and Leading Others) for celebrities to show love to regular kids who are making the world a better place, but thought it necessary to also honor those celebrities who are actually living it. “That’s Justin,” he said.
Celebs like Flo Rida, Tori Kelly, DNCE featuring Joe Jonas and Fifth Harmony ripped the stage performing their respective smash hits. Flo Rida told reporters on the Orange Carpet that he was quite excited to be performing at HALO because he recalls being a child encouraged to “be whatever I put my mind to,” and Tori Kelly said it felt good for others to gain recognition for a change.
The awards show, which quickly turned into an after party, featured creative catering by way of HALO Awards branded food carts with Hors d’oeuvre including gourmet BBQ chicken pizza, beef & veggie meatballs, tacos, fried sprinkle donuts, strawberries & marshmallows with creamy white and traditional chocolate sauce. For the adults, Budweiser had a presences at the event in addition to two really cool vodka cocktails. My favorite was the Electric Green Slide, which was made with Svedka and pineapple juice.
HALO Honorees, who also played co-host for the event with Nick Cannon included
Ethan Cruikshank, a 16-year-old-guitar player, started Music to My Ears to provide free music lessons for over 100 kids across 4 states after his school cut music education funding.
Riley Gantt, a 15-year-old Los Angeles high schooler, created Rainbow Pack in order to provide kids with school supplies necessary to be successful learners.
Joshua Williams, a 14-year-old philanthropist committed to eradicating hunger, created Joshua’s Heart to distribute food to those in need through churches, schools and community centers. He’s helped to feed over 50,000 people nationwide.
Ruchita Zaparde, an 18-year-old college student, established Sew A Future to equip widows in India with sewing machines, supplies and a trade to help them out of poverty. She’s helped over 200 families with the aid of 1400 students in 30 states.
I also caught up with sever Nick stars to ask them their favorite ways to give back. Check out their answers in the recap video here: https://youtu.be/LCwgQx_SiII