November 1st, 2023

Top Ten CNN Heroes to Be Honored At the 17th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute Hosted by Anderson Cooper

Global Broadcast Will Air Live Sunday, December 10 at 8pm ET

NEW YORK, NY – (November 1, 2023) – The Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, which honors everyday people who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others, returns on Sunday, December 10 at 8pm ET. This Year’s Top Ten CNN Heroes were revealed today by Anderson Cooper on CNN This Morning and will be honored during the live show hosted by Cooper from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

 Beginning today, viewers can support the CNN Hero who inspires them the most by voting for the CNN Hero of the Year. Supporters can vote daily at by logging in via email or Facebook. Viewers get 10 votes a day, every day through Tuesday, December 5 at 11:59pm PT. All 10 daily votes can be cast for one hero or divided among favorites and viewers can double their votes by sharing on social media.

The 2023 Top 10 CNN Heroes are:

Growing up, Arrington’s father was in and out of prison. Today, her nonprofit provides funding and a network of support to make college more accessible to students with incarcerated parents.

Boateng lost his aunt and grandmother to preventable diseases in his native Ghana. Now, having converted a van into a mobile doctor’s office, he delivers essential health care to remote communities where hospitals are often hours away.

After suffering a stroke, Buckner found her purpose by helping homeless veterans around her hometown. Driving a Jeep loaded with a shower, laundry, and kitchen, she is serving the men and women who sacrificed so much for their country.

  • Mike Goldberg, I.CARE – Islamorada, Florida

After seeing the extensive loss of coral reefs during his 20 years living in the Florida Keys, Goldberg co-founded an organization to build them back. He recruits and educates recreational divers to help transplant nursery-grown coral.

Hawley was a single mom fighting cancer when she had to make regular 400-mile roundtrip journeys from her reservation to the hospital for treatment. Today, she is a lifeline, helping her Native American community access medical care and organic food.

This former first grade teacher is helping young Black boys strengthen their literacy while waiting for their haircuts. Irby has built little libraries in barbershops across the country, encouraging kids to read for fun and engage with barbers about stories.

After his brother suffered a traumatic brain injury that ended his Olympic snowboarding dreams, Pearce witnessed the transformative power of yoga and meditation in his recovery. Today, he’s built a community that brings hope and healing to others with a TBI and their caregivers.

After a volunteer trip to Tijuana where the conditions shocked her, Rebellón and her boyfriend transformed a bus into a mobile classroom to offer crucial education to migrant kids ages 3 to 15 living in limbo at the US-Mexico border.

Mourning the hit-and-run death of her 2-year-old son, she turned her pain into power by transforming her blighted Detroit neighborhood. Her eco-village offers education for kids, business opportunities for women, and beauty the entire community can enjoy.

Dr. Stewart helps people experiencing homelessness care for their beloved pets, offering judgement-free veterinary treatment on the streets to animals in need.

Each Top 10 CNN Hero will be awarded $10,000 and the CNN Hero of the Year will receive an additional $100,000 to continue their life-changing work.

For the second year, CNN Heroes is collaborating with the Elevate Prize Foundation, a global nonprofit committed to bringing visibility to the work of changemakers, creating a fanbase for good, and inspiring action on an international scale. The CNN Hero of the Year will be named an Elevate Prize winner and be awarded a significant unrestricted grant and supportive services. Additionally, all the honorees will receive a generous grant, organizational capacity-building, and ongoing resources to bring visibility to their work and maximize their impact. The Top 10 CNN Heroes will also participate in the foundation’s annual Make Good Famous Summit in Miami, Florida.

CNN has partnered with GoFundMe to enable donations to this year’s honorees and learn more about their stories. GoFundMe is the world’s largest fundraising platform that empowers people and charities to give and receive help. Supporters can make online donations to the Top 10 CNN Heroes’ nonprofit organizations directly from

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will broadcast live on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN Max on Sunday, December 10. The show will stream live on CNN Max and for pay TV subscribers via and CNN OTT and mobile apps under “TV Channels,” or CNNgo where available beginning Monday, December 11. | #CNNHeroes


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