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Rebecca Welsh, her sister, Vera Neuenswander-Schmitz and mother, Joyce Neuenswander, director of the Jefferson City Learning Center, attended the event.

HALO Founder Honored in Hollywood

Rebecca Welsh, the founder and president of the HALO Foundation, received the “Inspiration to Action” award at Variety Magazine’s 9th annual “Power of Women” event in Los Angeles. The HALO Foundation is a volunteer-driven non-profit that serves more than 1,000 at-risk youth each year.

During the event on October 9, Welsh was honored by Variety Magazine, one of the leading entertainment trade publications in Hollywood, and Moroccanoil, a leader in beauty products with a focus on empowering women around the world. Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley presented Welsh with her award during the star-studded luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Variety Magazine, in partnership with Lifetime Television, also honored a group of high profile philanthropic women who’ve made significant contributions to their chosen causes. The Lifetime Impact Honorees included Salma Hayek (Chime for Change), Anna Kendrick (The Trevor Project),   Gwyneth Paltrow (L.A. Kitchen), Oprah Winfrey (Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation) and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (Room to Read).

“More than anything I was humbled to be part of the event,” she said. “Afterward I pictured myself shattering the glass award and giving a piece of it to anyone who has been part of making HALO a reality. I’m really just one piece of a big puzzle.”

“Our mission at HALO is to empower youth and the event was a powerful reminder that women and girls have the ability to make a meaningful difference in our world and the lives of others through our actions,” she said.

This isn’t the first time Welsh has received national recognition. She was featured on an American Spirit segment of the CBS Evening News and also in People Magazine’s feature “Heroes Among Us” about her work with the HALO Foundation which operates centers in Jefferson City and Kansas City with programs in New York, Portland and Los Angeles and supports 21 orphanages in the Uganda, Kenya and Mexico.

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Honorees Rebecca Welsh, Susan Wojcicki, Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anna Kendrick.

Her mother, Joyce Neuenswander, who is the director of the Jefferson City Learning Center, and sister, Vera Neuenswander-Schmitz, were there to watch Welsh receive the award.

Watch her acceptance speech here:

Story by Shelley Gabert

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