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/EINPresswire.com/ Polished Girlz founder, 12-year-old Alanna Wall, has been selected as a Finalist for Black Celebrity Giving's 2012-13 2nd Annual BCG Awards in the category of Young Black and Giving. Voting is open to the public from January 7 to January 18.
DAYTON, OH -- Alanna Jai Wall is a young lady with a mission. Two years ago she dreamed of bringing a little glitter and girly fun into the lives of chronically ill and special needs girls. As a result, she created Polished Girlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peer-to-peer support for these girls by
polishing their nails and creating exclusive nail art while also teaching them proper hand washing techniques to help them avoid preventable illnesses.
Today, Wall has achieved more than she ever dreamed with Polished Girlz chapters located across the country in Ohio, Illinois, Los Angeles, New York, Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. As a result of her success, Alanna Jai Wall has been named as a Finalist for Black Celebrity Giving's 2012-2013 2nd Annual BCG Awards in the category of "Young Black and Giving."
Winners of the Black Celebrity Giving Awards will be determined by reader choice through an online voting system. Voting is open to the public beginning January 7, ending January 18.
"From the moment I met Lonnie I knew she was a little girl with a big heart! She had this idea to combine nail polish and girls with special needs and we at Dayton Children’s are so extremely glad she did! She has brought so much happiness to not only our patients but their families as well. The patients love getting their nails done and are so very excited in the moment but the families and staff know that the full impact really goes beyond nail polish. There is so much love, care, happiness, friendship, and glitter that goes into each and every nail painted! We are truly thankful for Lonnie bringing magical moments to our patients," noted Kristy Rowe, Child Life Specialist, Dayton Children’s Medical Center.
In the last two years, Alanna and her team of 150 volunteers have served nearly 1000 girls with special needs or frequent hospitalizations using over $20,000 worth of nail polish and glitter. During this time, Alanna has been witness to many joy-filled days such as when she performed the very first manicure for an extremely excited 3-year-old girl. These joyful days have been countered with heartbreaking scenes including providing the very last manicure for a 10-year-old girl with congestive heart failure who passed away just one week after meeting with Alanna.
Anyone interested in voting for this amazing young lady is welcomed and encouraged to do so.
How To Vote For Alanna:
• Voting is open to anyone and runs from Monday, January 7th, 2013 at Midnight PST until Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 11:59 pm PST.
• A Facebook or Twitter account is needed to vote.
• Vote on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BlackCelebrityGiving/app_145320948816875
• Twitter users can vote at the BCG website: www.blackcelebritygiving.com/
under the BCG Awards heading.
Users can vote once a day from both their Facebook and Twitter accounts until voting ends. One extra vote can be placed by checking the "Auto Post" checkbox, which will let followers and friends know they cast a vote for you. The Official Awards Hashtag is #BCGAwards.
Award winners will be announced on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 8PM EST at www.BlackCelebrityGiving.com and on the BCG Twitter page.
About Polished Girlz: Polished Girlz was founded by then 10-year-old Alanna Jai Wall, now age12. Alanna leads teams of Polished Girlz nationwide who host Mini Mani Polish Parties for children with special needs or that are hospitalized and also teaches the importance of hand washing for health. Alanna is currently writing a hand-washing guide for pre-teens with the help of Dayton Children’s Medical Center and Unilever Scientist Christine Lee, PHD.
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