Teen Ink: A Charitable 'Sweet Sixteen'
For my sweet sixteen there were no TV cameras filming the planning process, no hand-delivered invitations, no trips to Paris to select the perfect dress, and no fancy car as a "surprise" present at the end of the party. Though it wasn't like MTVs "My Super Sweet 16," it was a party with a far better ending. My friends and family came together to dance the night away and commemorate World AIDS Day to benefit the Holly House Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. The $8,600 we raised was the best gift I could ever dream of! It was so rewarding to know that my celebration would be felt halfway around the world by children in need.
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