Reynoldsburg resident Jenelle Krumlauf is among 20 local nominees for the 2012 Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

Reynoldsburg resident Jenelle Krumlauf is among 20 local nominees for the 2012 Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

This is the second year in a row Krumlauf has been nominated. The awards are presented locally by WBNS-10TV, Nationwide Insurance and ThisWeek Community Newspapers. Nominees will be honored at an April 5 luncheon.

A 2009 Reynoldsburg High School graduate, Krumlauf, 21, founded Nellie's Catwalk for Kids, an annual fashion show to raise money for research into a cure for childhood cancer.

The first fashion show was held in 2007. Krumlauf said she wanted to start such a venture because she felt childhood cancer was not recognized enough and she wanted to bring together young people who are affected by the disease.

Since its first show, the event has grown from 25 participants to 350 models ages 5 to 25. It has raised more than $100,000.

"When I first started this, I thought it was going to be a one-time event," she said. "If a fortune-teller told me, "this is where you would be now,' I would have told them 'yeah, right!'"

She said this year's event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the Ohio Dominican University student center, with a goal of raising $500,000.

"We're jumping quite a bit from the goal of $50,000 last year, but I think we can get there this year," she said.

Krumlauf is a junior at Ohio Dominican University, majoring in public relations with a minor in nonprofit management. She said she plans to continue Nellie's Catwalk for Kids as an annual event with a possible goal of expanding nationwide next year.

"This is my passion. I don't want to work at a desk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - that's not where I'm supposed to be. This is where I definitely want to be," Krumlauf said.

She hopes to land shows nationwide next year in locations such as Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York, Colorado, Indiana and South Carolina.

"Next year, when we hope to go nationwide, the goal is to raise $1 million to help families," Krumlauf said.

"We have found passionate individuals that have leadership skills and want to be involved and we're working right now to train them and get them the education they need as far as planning their first fashion show," she added. "It's coming along, but we're not trying to rush it too much because I want to make sure everyone has all the tools they need."

As for being nominated for a Jefferson Award for the second year in a row, Krumlauf said while it is a prestigious award, she is proud to be among so many others on the list who are giving back to their communities.

"I love hearing about all the other organizations and people and just to be among them, helps us to keep on going with people recognizing what we are doing," she said.