CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE WILL AIR LIVE ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH
TOP 10 HEROES OF 2016 REVEALED
VOTING TO SELECT THE ‘CNN HERO OF THE YEAR’ BEGINS TODAY ON CNNHEROES.COM, TWITTER, AND FACEBOOK MESSENGER
CNN Heroes will mark its ten-year anniversary this year and ABC’s Kelly Ripa will join Anderson Cooper for the first time as co-host. The Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated program celebrates individuals who make extraordinary contributions that help improve the lives of others. The 10th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air live this year on Sunday, December 11that 8pm ET from the iconic American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The ceremony will honor the 2016 Top 10 CNN Heroes, who were revealed this morning by Cooper on CNN’s New Day. And beginning today, voters are now able to select the ‘CNN Hero of the Year,’ by voting for the CNN Hero who inspires them the most. Supporters can vote every day at CNNHeroes.com by logging in via email or Facebook, as well as on Facebook Messenger by messaging VOTE to the CNN Heroes Facebook page, and on Twitter by tweeting #HeroesVote along with the name of their hero. Viewers can vote up to 10x a day, per method, every day through Tuesday, December 6th, at midnight PT.
Each Top 10 CNN Hero will be awarded $10,000 and the CNN Hero of the Year will receive an additional $100,000.
“After 10 years, and nearly 300 Heroes, we are so grateful to continue honoring those making such an impact in their communities, and to help them continue their work,” said Kelly Flynn, creator and senior executive producer of CNN Heroes. “This year, we are thrilled to broadcast live around the world, and welcome the addition of Kelly Ripa – a three-time CNN Heroes presenter – as co-host. Her passion and expertise, coupled with the on-stage chemistry she and Anderson share will surely help create an unforgettable evening.”
The 2016 Top 10 Honorees are:
- Jeison Aristizábal (Cali, Colombia) Aristizábal’s nonprofit, ASODISVALLE, provides a range of free services that have helped transform the lives of nearly 3,000 young people with disabilities.
- Craig Dodson (Richmond, VA) Former semi-pro cyclist Dodson started a nonprofit cycling program, Richmond Cycling Corps, where he coaches and mentors at-risk youth living in the city’s public housing.
- Sherri Franklin (San Francisco, CA) Muttville, the nonprofit Franklin started in 2007, has rescued, cared for and found ‘forever homes’ for nearly 4,000 senior dogs.
- Brad Ludden (Whitefish, MT) In 2001, professional kayaker Ludden started First Descents, a nonprofit that brings life-changing outdoor adventure experiences to young adult cancer fighters and survivors.
- Luma Mufleh (Clarkston, GA) Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant, and her nonprofit, Fugees Family, have helped more than 800 war-weary young refugees adapt to American life through a specially-tailored education and soccer program.
- Umra Omar (Lamu, Kenya) Omar and her group, Safari Doctors, bring free healthcare to thousands of people living in remote, and at times dangerous, areas of her native Kenya.
- Georgie Smith (Los Angeles, CA) Smith and her group, A Sense of Home, have furnished homes and provided a sense of community for more than 100 young people who have aged out of foster care.
- Sheldon Smith (Chicago, IL) Since 2010, Smith’s nonprofit, the Dovetail Project, has addressed the issue of absentee fathers. He’s helped more than 200 young dads in Chicago build stronger families by giving them the skills to be positive role models and responsible parents.
- Becca Stevens (Nashville, TN) Stevens has dedicated her life to helping women escape prostitution, addiction and trafficking. Through her nonprofit, Thistle Farms, more than 200 women have transformed their lives.
- Harry Swimmer (Weddington, NC) For 20 years, Harry Swimmer and his nonprofit, Mitey Riders, have introduced hundreds of children with disabilities to the healing power of horses at his farm near Charlotte.
As part of their award packages, each Top 10 Hero will also receive free organizational training from the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. They will participate in a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemy program, which offers practical guidance to help strengthen organizations for long-term success. This is the fifth year of CNN’s collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation.
Social media users are encouraged to “like” CNN Heroes on Facebook, follow @CNNHeroes on Twitter, and use hashtag #CNNHeroes. Behind-the-scenes images can be viewed on the CNN Heroes Instagram account.
About The Annenberg Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with innovative projects that further its mission of advancing a better tomorrow through visionary leadership today. Among them are Annenberg Alchemy, Annenberg Learner, Annenberg Space for Photography, Explore, GRoW @ Annenberg and the Metabolic Studio. The Foundation encourages the development of effective ways to communicate by sharing ideas and knowledge.
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