A local esthetician won $5,000 for her work with A Bed 4 Me – which means 16 children will have a new bed to sleep on.
Alison Penuel, of Blissful Beauty Bar in Niceville, recently won the Compassion Category in an international competition for skin esthetics known as The Skin Games. The event was held in Atlanta this year.
Penuel, a longtime supporter of A Bed 4 Me, decided to enter the competition this year to show her commitment to her community and the non-profit. The Skin Games required Penuel to produce five videos on herself, her business, and her participation with A Bed 4 Me. She was also required to complete a questionnaire and be interviewed by a panel of judges on why she qualified for the Compassion Award of the competition.
Penuel expressed her excitement about partnering with A Bed 4 Me and its impact on her personally and her business. She was shocked when she was announced as the winner of the competition and feels honored to represent A Bed 4 Me.
“Partnering with A Bed 4 Me has been a beautiful experience. I personally have seen the impact that a bed has on a child, and it was such a touching experience, and it gave me a new perspective of gratitude when I lay my head down each night” Penuel said, “In addition to this, our clients were so thrilled to be able to give back and donate pillows. Also, it opened up conversations and gave my team and our clients a safe space to talk about these problems in Okaloosa and Walton County and how we can help. To be able to expand their reach and to help spread the word about such an amazing organization is just a gift. I was completely shocked when they called my name for first place! I knew I had a great interview and a very deserving foundation but there were nine other very deserving charities competing too. I am incredibly honored to represent A Bed 4 Me and grateful for this heartwarming experience.”
Executive Director of A Bed 4 Me, Diane Freeman, expressed her excitement about Penuel’s win, stating that the prize money will help provide more beds to children in their neighborhoods. Freeman also highlighted the significance of Penuel’s participation in The Skin Games and how it has raised awareness of their mission to other areas of the country and around the globe.
“Alison has been a friend and supporter of our mission for some time. We were extremely excited to hear she was entering the competition and A Bed 4 Me would be her recipient of choice. The winning prize will help us provide more beds to children in our neighborhoods. In addition, Alison’s participation in The Skin Games has provided awareness of our mission to other areas of the country and around the globe. Bed poverty is real and we are working to solve that problem in our local counties. People like Alison, who put skin in the game, help make a difference.”
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