Santa Rosa teen wins $10,000 for charity work

  • on Thursday, 10 4, 2012.

    Allyson Ahlstrom, left and her friends walk around her store during a Nickelodeon TV production. Ahlstrom created Threads for Teens on the Windsor Town Green a shop for girls not able to afford department store prices. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Hollywood came to Windsor on Thursday and brought with it camera crews, a TV celebrity and a life-altering surprise to boot.

The spotlight was trained on Cardinal Newman senior Allyson Ahlstrom, who in two years built an idea into a full-blown fashion boutique, Threads for Teens. The store serves disadvantaged girls at a storefront in downtown Windsor.

Ahlstrom, 17, and a group of friends were excused from school after morning classes Thursday to be interviewed at the store by a Nickelodeon television crew for an online series about community service.

Santa Rosa Teen Wins TeenNick HALO Award


Or so they thought.

"Hello, delivery," said a man as he backed into the store, rolling a stack of boxes in on a dolly.

Then he turned around.

Actor Nick Cannon, host of the TV show "America's Got Talent," had come to Ahlstrom's storefront Thursday to hand her a facsimile check for $10,000.

Ahlstrom is among four teenagers from across the country chosen to receive the network's 2012 TeenNick HALO, or Helping and Leading Others, Award, which honors teens doing good deeds.

In the next few weeks, Ahlstrom will be flown to an undisclosed location to meet a yet-unnamed celebrity. The footage will air in November during a live awards program in Los Angeles.

"We're going to celebrate catwalk style," said Cannon, leading Ahlstrom and her friends in a giddy and goofy circle around a table piled with donated designer clothes.

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