2011 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
Making for quite the special occasion, the stars were out in full force for the "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday night (December 11).
Held at The Shrine Auditorium, the ceremony was hosted by Anderson Cooper while featuring performances including Miley Cyrus (who was joined at the event by boyfriend Liam Hemsworth) singing "The Climb" and Kid Rock treating the audience to a rendition of "Care".
Meanwhile, celebrity presenters taking the stage during the ceremony included Sofia Vergara, Jerry Seinfeld, George Lopez, Emma Roberts, J.R. Martinez, Chris Colfer, Ice Cube, will.i.am, Kurt Warner, Laura Dern and Mary-Louise Parker.
As for the honorees, Robin Lim was named the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year for her extensive aid to those in need in Indonesia.
Introduced by Christy Turlington Burns, Lim told the crowd, "Today on our Earth, 981 mothers in the prime of their life will die -- and tomorrow again and yesterday. And I'm asking you to help change that. We don't even know how many babies are lost, but all of us can help change that."
Via CNN's website, the 2010 top 10 CNN Heroes are as follows:
Eddie Canales' son was paralyzed during a high school football game in 2001. Today, Canales' nonprofit, Gridiron Heroes, provides emotional and financial support to high school football players who've sustained life-changing spinal cord injuries.
Taryn Davis was just 21 when her husband, an Army corporal, was killed in Iraq. In 2007, she created the American Widow Project. To date, her nonprofit has provided a community of support to more than 900 young military widows.
Sal Dimiceli has spent decades helping people get back on their feet. Through a local newspaper column and his nonprofit, The Time Is Now To Help, Dimiceli assists about 500 people a year with food, rent, utilities and other necessities.
Derreck Kayongo's Global Soap Project collects partially used hotel soap and reprocesses it to save lives. Since 2009, the Atlanta-based nonprofit has provided about 150,000 bars of soap for communities in 10 countries.
Surrounded by gang violence in her Chicago neighborhood, Diane Latiker opened her home to area youth and started a community program called Kids Off the Block. Since 2003, her program has helped more than 1,500 young people.
After being stricken with cancer, Patrice Millet dedicated his life to helping children in his native Haiti. His nonprofit youth soccer program provides free equipment, coaching and food to hundreds of participants from the slums and teaches them to become responsible citizens.
Since 2005, chef Bruno Serato has been serving free pasta dinners to children, many of whom are poor and live in motels with their families. Today, Serato provides dinner seven days a week to more than 300 children at the Boys & Girls Club in Anaheim, California.
Richard St. Denis
Since 2008, Richard St. Denis and his organization, World Access Project, have provided hundreds of wheelchairs and mobility aids to people living with disabilities in rural Mexico.
Amy Stokes is redefining "family" for South African children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. Her organization, Infinite Family, has connected almost 500 teenage "Net Buddies" with nearly 300 volunteer mentors from all over the world via the Internet.
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