TGIF founder honored with Nickelodeon HALO Award

By Ron Kotrba | November 17, 2014

Westerly, Rhode Island, teenager Cassandra Lin, founder of Turning Grease into Fuel (TGIF)—an organization that gets local citizens and restaurants to donate their used cooking oil for conversion to biodiesel that is then used to heat homes of families in need—was announced as a Nickelodeon HALO (Helping and Leading Others) award honoree Oct. 12 in New York City. Lin was surprised by Nick Cannon, the host, creator and executive producer of the HALO Awards, with a check for $10,000 for her college education. Lin was also a special guest at a music performance by pop star Jessie J.

The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an hour-long concert special celebrating extraordinary youth who are involved in their communities. Led by Cannon, the star-studded musical event will be held at New York’s Pier 36 and will premiere Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time across all Nickelodeon networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons and Nick Jr.) and will stream live for the first time ever on and the Nick App. Lin will be part of the event airing on Nickelodeon Nov. 30, which will feature additional music performances by Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Echosmith and The Vamps.

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