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CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

  • Premiered: 
    December 6, 2007
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  • Network: CNN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Inspirational
  • Tags: celebrity

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Each year since 2007, CNN has honored everyday people changing the world in this annual tribute show, with celebrity presenters introducing nominees and performances by world-class musicians and comedians. Since its inception, CNN HEROES had received at least 50,000 submissions from more than 100 countries and profiled over 200 heroes. Each of the Top 10 CNN Heroes receives a $10,000 grant, and one of the honorees, as voted by fans around the globe, is named the CNN Hero of the Year, receiving an additional $50,000 grant to further aid their cause. As part of the prize package, the Annenberg Foundation provides free organizational training, offering practical guidance for nonprofit leaders in fundraising, communications, management of volunteers and strategies to build and keep a strong board of directors.
On Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, CNN presented a live broadcast of the 2017 CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, hosted for the twelfth consecutive year by Anderson Cooper, who is joined by three-time co-host Kelly Ripa at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The 2018 event featured these celebrity presenters: Bryan Cranston, Will Ferrell, Danai Gurira, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Cynthia Erivo, Omari Hardwick, Emily Mortimer, Uzo Aduba, Darby Camp, Elsie Fisher, and Rohan Chand. The event also features Grammy Award-winning artist Lenny Kravitz performing "Here to Love" from his album, "Raise Vibration." The 2018 Top 10 honorees are (in alphabetical order):

- Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin (Lagos, Nigeria) Ajayi-Akinfolarin's organization, Pearls Africa Foundation, helps disadvantaged girls in Nigeria gain the tech skills and confidence to transform their lives.

- Maria Rose Belding (Washington, DC) Belding's nonprofit, MEANS, uses an innovative online platform to tackle food waste and hunger simultaneously, connecting businesses that have extra food to charities that feed the hungry.

-Amanda Boxtel (Basalt, CO) Bridging Bionics, Boxtel's nonprofit, helps people with mobility impairments walk again by providing access to cutting-edge technology like exoskeleton suits.

- Rob Gore (Brooklyn, NY) Dr. Gore's organization, Kings Against Violence Initiative, is working to end violence by offering youth-focused interventions that are school, community and hospital-based.

- Luke Mickelson (Twin Falls, ID) Mickelson's nonprofit, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, builds, assembles, and delivers free beds to children and families in need.

- Susan Munsey (San Diego, CA) Munsey is a sex trafficking survivor whose nonprofit, GenerateHope, provides a safe space for fellow survivors to heal and build new lives.

- Florence Phillips (Carson City, NV) The daughter of immigrants, Phillips and her organization, ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada, provide free English and citizenship classes to immigrants in Nevada.

- Ricardo Pun-Chong (Lima, Peru) Inspira, Dr. Pun-Chong's nonprofit, offers families from remote villages free housing, meals and comprehensive support while their children undergo medical treatment.

- Ellen Stackable (Tulsa, OK) Poetic Justice, Stackable's nonprofit, helps incarcerated women in Oklahoma heal from trauma by helping them find their voice through writing.

- Chris Stout (Kansas City, MO) Stout's nonprofit, Veterans Community Project, provides tiny houses and comprehensive support services to any veteran.

In addition to the TV airings, CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE also streams live for subscribers Sunday, December 9 via CNNgo (at and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The special is also available the day after the broadcast premiere on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.



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