Local wins positivity contest, $10,000 for community

Local resident Caitlin Boyle is now $10,000 richer. Though it might be more accurate to say the community is now $10,000 richer.

Boyle, founder of OperationBeautiful.com, won a $10,000 grant last week from the Amway national Positivity Project contest. The contest was created to recognize and celebrate the impact that positive thinking has on people’s lives.

Boyle, whose site encourages people to post positive messages in public places to brighten up a stranger’s day, was one of 10 finalists for the grand prize. She’ll use the money to start a scholarship fund for the local Girls on the Run Foundation, which educates and prepares preteen girls for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living.

In addition to the founding of  OperationBeautiful.com, Boyle is a volunteer for the Charlotte nonprofit girls’ organization. Though she knows the $10,000 will do a lot of good, Boyle still feels bad for the other nine finalists.

“Part of me was really excited, especially for Girls on the Run…” Boyle said. “But I was a little disappointed for the other nine finalists up on stage with me cause they are great people with great ideas and I wish all of us could have won.”

Boyle was declared the winner Monday, Dec. 13, during a ceremony in Hagerstown, Md.

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