From left, local McDonald’s owner James “Smitty” Smith, Lifetime Achievement award winner Alana Allen and local McDonald’s owner Johnny Tart pose together as part of the Feb. 3 Rhythms of Triumph Awards Show.

REIDSVILLE — Reidsville native Alana Allen received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Rhythms of Triumph Awards Show on Feb. 3. at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Allen was chosen for her commitment to service in the Triad community and the difference she has made in the lives of others.

A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Allen is the founder and Executive Director of I Am A Queen, a Greensboro-based nonprofit organization.

This non-profit serves to empower girls ages 10 to 18 through year-round mentoring opportunities that focus on developing self-esteem and leadership skills.

Since 2009, Allen has helped more than 8,000 men, women and children through I Am A Queen’s annual community events, according to a news release.

Triad McDonald’s and 97.1 WQMG, the event hosts, also recognized Keith Pemberton of High Point, Lindy Garnette of Greensboro and Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin of Winston –Salem.

Following awards show, Dru Hill, Midnight Star and The O’Jays performed as part of the McDonald’s Rhythms of Triumph concert.

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