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Keystone girl to be honored at Nickelodeon HALO Awards

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An eastern Iowa girl will be honored in New York at the Nickelodeon HALO Awards for her efforts with tornado and natural disaster relief.

Twelve-year-old Raegan Junge from Keystone was six-years-old when she saw the destruction from a tornado in Missouri on the news. Eager to help, she sold homemade bracelets at a local store, raising $1,600 for a couple who was affected by the tragedy. This experience gave life to Raegan’s Relief Efforts, Junge’s organization that fundraises through bracelet, lip balm and garage sales, and donates and delivers products to people who have been affected by natural disasters. To date, Raegan’s Relief Efforts has raised over $23,000 in 25 different states.

Raegan is just one of three kids being honored at the event on November 27. Raegan tells KWWL she plans on going to the event and she is "beyond excited."

Some of music’s most popular stars Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Hey Violet, Why Don’t We, Ayo & Teo and Jacob Sartorius are coming together for the Nickelodeon HALO Awards 2017, a one-of-a-kind concert special honoring four young leaders who are changing their communities and the world by “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). Led by host, creator and executive producer Nick Cannon, the one-hour musical event will also feature Nick stars: JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties), Lizzy Greene (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn), Ricardo Hurtado (School of Rock), and Daniella Perkins and Owen Joyner (Knight Squad). The Nickelodeon HALO Awards 2017, held at New York’s Pier 36, will be simulcast Sunday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons.

“The incredible work and inspirational stories of the Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees never cease to amaze me, and continue to show the world that every action counts--no matter how big or small,” said Cannon. “Kelly Clarkson is this year’s HALO Hall of Fame recipient because she truly embraces this idea. She recognizes the desire in all of us to help where we can and has impacted countless people with her philanthropic contributions.”

Clarkson will be presented with the HALO Hall of Fame Award, an honor given to a celebrity who helps and leads others by making the world a better place, in recognition of 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.

Other Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees include Andrew Dunn, 14 form Kentucky, Zoe Terry, 11, of Florida. and Caleb White, 15, Michigan.

Beginning today, nick.com/halo-awards and the Nick App will be the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids can learn about the Nickelodeon HALO Awards and watch original short-form videos to find out which stars will be singing the songs you love alongside Nick Cannon at the concert event of the season. During the Nov. 26 premiere, kids will be able to follow the concert at haloawards.com as our content stream updates in real time with behind-the-scenes photos, videos and social posts. Additionally, Nickelodeon’s second-screen experience will give kids a chance to interact with the show, create their own shareable memes, answer trivia questions and vote in polls throughout the night.

The Nickelodeon HALO Awards 2017 will also feature small, immediately actionable ways for kids and families to help and lead others and join the HALO Movement. A year-round pro-social initiative, the Nickelodeon HALO Movement recognizes real kids who are making a difference in the world. Nickelodeon has teamed up with longstanding volunteer partners Key Club and DoSomething.org to mobilize kids to participate in service projects, for the opportunity to receive seed grants or scholarship funds for school. WeHALO.com provides information on how to participate in the Nickelodeon HALO Movement and apply for HALO grants through Key Club and DoSomething.org.

The Nickelodeon HALO Awards 2017 will be available on Nickelodeon On Demand Monday, Nov. 27.

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