A ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FEATURING FIVE PREVIOUS CNN HEROES OF THE YEAR
HOSTED BY ANDERSON COOPER
SPECIAL KICKS OFF AN ONLINE VOTE TO SELECT 10TH ANNIVERSARY CNN SUPERHERO
AIRS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9TH AT 10PM/ET
In a one-hour special, CNN visits with five previous CNN Heroes of the Year to see how their lives have changed and organizations have grown since being honored. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, CNN Superhero: Above and Beyond airs Friday, December 9th at 10PM/ET and will simulcast on CNNI.
The five previous Heroes of the Year are:
CELEBRITY PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 10TH ANNUAL CNN HEROES
TARAJI P. HENSON, RICHARD GERE, DIANE LANE, LAURIE HERNANDEZ, OCTAVIA SPENCER, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, EDWARD NORTON, LIEV SCHREIBER, EDIE FALCO, KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY, AND DANIELLE BROOKS AMONG CELEBRITIES PRESENTING AT
CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE
TONY AWARD-WINNING SINGER IDINA MENZEL PERFORMS
LIVE CEREMONY CO-HOSTED BY ANDERSON COOPER AND KELLY RIPA
AIRS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH AT 8PM/ET FULL POST
VOTING TO SELECT THE ‘CNN HERO OF THE YEAR’ BEGINS TODAY ON CNNHEROES.COM
Continuing its annual tradition of recognizing everyday people who are changing the world, Anderson Cooper revealed the 2015 Top 10 CNN Heroes this morning on CNN's New Day.
CNN Heroes, now in its ninth year, celebrates individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others. This year’s Top 10 will be honored at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. The Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated telecast airs on Sunday, December 6th, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CNN U.S., and will be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español.
Voting to select the ‘CNN Hero of the Year’ began immediately following this morning’s announcement. Fans of each of the Top 10 Heroes can show their support by voting for the hero that inspires them most."In our ninth year, I am heartened to know the world hasn't run out of Heroes,” said Kelly Flynn, creator and senior executive producer of CNN Heroes. “We continue to be humbled by their work, and honored to be telling their stories."
The 2015 Honorees are:
12/13 8p ET / 5p PT
12/13 10p ET / 7p PT
12/14 1a ET / 10p PT
HOLIDAY REPLAYS TBA
Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine Sergeant, who reunites soldiers with the stray dogs they befriend while serving in Afghanistan, was named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year by Anderson Cooper at the eighth-annual CNN Heroes An All-Star Tribute.
Farthing’s nonprofit Nowzad Dogs, has helped nearly 700 soldiers from eight countries.
“I would really like to thank everybody who voted for Nowzad Charity and [for supporting] what we do in Afghanistan and for believing in us,” Farthing said while accepting his award. FULL POST
Airing Sunday, December 7 at 8 PM ET: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Leguizamo, Taye Diggs, Christina Hendricks, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Rosie Perez, Morgan Spurlock and Questlove
Musical Performances by Trisha Yearwood and Sheryl Crow
Quvenzhané Wallis, Nick Jonas, and Tyler James Williams Present Young Wonder Awards
Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, John Leguizamo, star of Fugly!, Taye Diggs, star of Murder in the First, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, Kelly Ripa, host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Kathy Griffin, award-winning comedienne, and Rosie Perez, co-host of The View, will present at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper. The star-studded tribute airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET, from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed filmmaker and star of CNN Original Series Inside Man, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, executive producer of new music show SoundClash and member of The Tonight Show house band are also presenting in this year’s show. FULL POST
Stars and Stripes Unite and Rescuing the River Set Stage for the Eighth Annual Broadcast of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
As the winner of this year’s “CNN Hero of the Year” awaits to be revealed during the upcoming global broadcast of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Anderson Cooper will host two special presentations, going in-depth with musician Kid Rock, actor Gary Sinise, comedienne Kathy Griffin and last year’s Hero of the Year.
Just what do Kid Rock, Gary Sinise and Kathy Griffin have in common? Beyond their undeniable talent, it’s their unyielding support for our Veterans. In the half-hour Stars and Stripes Unite: A CNN Heroes Special, Anderson Cooper will take viewers inside their personal and profoundly moving journeys with the troops. FULL POST
Supporters can now contribute to the CNN Heroes’ designated Non-Profit Organizations through Amazon Payments
In advance of the global premiere of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Sunday, December 7th at 8 pm ET, CNN and Amazon have teamed up to enable people around the world to donate to this year's Top Ten CNN Heroes and their causes by using Amazon Payments.
Now, through December 31, 2014, supporters can make online donations to the CNN Heroes' designated nonprofit organizations by clicking the ‘Donate with Amazon’ buttons on CNNHeroes.com and on each of the Top Ten Heroes' individual story pages. Amazon Payments is a fast, easy and secure way to donate online using the payment information stored in a user’s Amazon account. All donations are tax-deductible in the United States. FULL POST
WORLDWIDE VOTING FOR “CNN HERO OF THE YEAR” BEGINS TODAY ON CNNHEROES.COM
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Hosted By Anderson Cooper, Airs Sunday, December 7
Collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation will Continue to Provide Hands-On Support to the 2014 Top 10 Heroes
CNN, the worldwide leader in news, announced today the Top 10 Heroes of 2014, recognizing everyday people who are changing the world. The network also announced that online voting for the “CNN Hero of the Year” opened today, October 2nd, and will run through Sunday, November 16th, at midnight PT. Voters can log on to CNNHeroes.com to cast ballots for their favorite Top 10 Heroes once a day, every day. Social media users can also share their votes on Facebook and Twitter.
Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air on Sunday, December 7th, at 8:00pm ET on CNN U.S., and will be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, and returning to the iconic American Museum of Natural History in New York City, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will honor individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others. Since its inception, CNN Heroes has received tens of thousands of submissions from more than 100 countries and profiled over 200heroes.
“It has been CNN’s great honor for the past eight years to shine a spotlight on these remarkable individuals who are making a difference in their communities and the world,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. “We are proud to provide a platform for these heroes to share their stories and their important work with our global audiences.” FULL POST