Anderson Cooper Hosts CNN Star-Studded Heroes Event

November 23rd, 2008 // 3 Comments

While the celebrities shined on the red carpet and performed on stage, it was the everyday heroes that made the 2008 CNN Hero of the Year event touching.

Liz McCartney, dedicated to helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes, has been named the 2008 CNN Hero of the Year. “To the country and the world, I ask you to please join us,” McCartney said. “Together we can continue to rebuild families’ homes and lives. … If you join us, we’ll be unstoppable.”

“To the country and the world, I ask you to please join us,” McCartney said. “Together we can continue to rebuild families’ homes and lives. … If you join us, we’ll be unstoppable.”

Hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” features moving musical performances by Grammy Award winners Alicia Keys and John Legend.

Legend, backed by the world-renowned Agape Choir, brought the audience of more than 2,000 to their feet with his powerful call to personal action, “If You’re Out There,” from his just-released album, “Evolver.”

Keys sang “Superwoman,” her tribute to women around the world, from her hit album “As I Am.”

Both performances echoed the spirit of the CNN Heroes campaign, which salutes everyday people accomplishing extraordinary things in their communities and beyond.

The list of CNN’s 10 Heroes is after the jump.

Featured in the gallery: John Legend, Kate Beckinsale, Anderson Cooper, Ricki Lake, Molly Sims, Joley Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Eliza Dushku, Louis Gossett Jr., Selena Gomez, Leelee Sobieski, Terrence Howard, Len Wiseman, Robert Duvall, Rachael Leigh Cook, Holly Robinson Peete, Rachel Zoe, Taylor Swift, Elizabeth Smart, Jessica Biel, Salma Hayek, Jordana Brewster and Hill Harper.

Click any photo to view all 55+ photos from the CNN Hero of the Year event in the gallery!


While the celebrities shined on the red carpet and performed on stage,
it was the everyday heroes that made the 2008 CNN Hero of the Year
event touching.

Liz McCartney, dedicated to helping survivors of Hurricane
Katrina rebuild their homes, has been named the 2008 CNN Hero of the
Year. “To the country and the world, I ask you to please join us,”
McCartney said. “Together we can continue to rebuild families’ homes
and lives. … If you join us, we’ll be unstoppable.”

“To the country and the world, I ask you to please join us,” McCartney
said. “Together we can continue to rebuild families’ homes and lives.
… If you join us, we’ll be unstoppable.”

Hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” features moving musical performances by Grammy Award winners Alicia Keys and John Legend.

Legend, backed by the world-renowned Agape Choir, brought the audience
of more than 2,000 to their feet with his powerful call to personal
action, “If You’re Out There,” from his just-released album, “Evolver.”

Keys sang “Superwoman,” her tribute to women around the world, from her hit album “As I Am.”

Both performances echoed the spirit of the CNN Heroes campaign, which
salutes everyday people accomplishing extraordinary things in their
communities and beyond.

In alphabetical order, the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2008 are:Tad Agoglia, Houston, Texas: Agoglia’s First Response Team provides immediate help to areas hit by natural disasters. In a little over a year, he and his crew have helped thousands of victims at more than 15 sites across the United States, free of charge.Yohannes Gebregeorgis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Moved by the lack of children’s books and literacy in his native Ethiopia, Gebregeorgis established Ethiopia Reads, bringing free public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of Ethiopian children.Carolyn LeCroy, Norfolk, Virginia: After serving time in prison, LeCroy started the Messages Project to help children stay connected with their incarcerated parents. She and volunteer camera crews have taped roughly 3,000 messages from inmates to their children.Anne Mahlum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: On her daily morning jogs, Mahlum used to run past homeless men. Today, she’s helping to transform lives by running with them, and others as part of her Back On My Feet program.Liz McCartney, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana: McCartney moved to New Orleans to dedicate herself to helping Hurricane Katrina survivors move back into their homes. Her nonprofit, St. Bernard Project, has rebuilt the homes of more than 120 families for free.Phymean Noun, Toronto, Ontario: Growing up in Cambodia, Noun struggled to complete high school. Today, she offers hundreds of Cambodian children who work in Phnom Penh’s trash dump a way out through free schooling and job training.David Puckett, Savannah, Georgia: Puckett started PIPO Missions to bring ongoing prosthetic and orthotic care to those in need. Since November 2000, he has helped more than 420 people in southeastern Mexico, free of charge.Maria Ruiz, El Paso, Texas: Several times a week, Ruiz crosses the border into Juarez, Mexico, bringing food, clothing and toys to hundreds of impoverished children and their families.advertisementMarie Da Silva, Los Angeles, California: Having lost 14 family members to AIDS, the nanny funds a school in her native Malawi, where half a million children have been orphaned by the disease.Viola Vaughn, Kaolack, Senegal: The Detroit, Michigan, native moved to Senegal to retire. Instead, a group of failing schoolchildren asked her to help them pass their classes. Today, her 10,000 Girls program is helping hundreds of girls succeed in school and run their own businesses.

Featured in the gallery: John Legend, Kate Beckinsale, Anderson Cooper,
Ricki Lake, Molly Sims, Joley Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Eliza
Dushku, Louis Gossett Jr., Selena Gomez, Leelee Sobieski, Terrence
Howard, Len Wiseman, Robert Duvall, Rachael Leigh Cook, Holly Robinson
Peete, Rachel Zoe, Taylor Swift, Elizabeth Smart, Jessica Biel, Salma
Hayek, Jordana Brewster and Hill Harper.

Check out all 55+ photos from the CNN Hero of the Year event in the gallery!

By Miu von Furstenberg
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  1. Lillian Smith

    Where can I get several copies (DVD) of this to send to friends for Christmas.
    Inspirational behond compare.
    Thank you.

  2. Lillian Smith

    Where can I get several copies (DVD) of this to send to friends for Christmas.
    Inspirational behond compare.
    Thank you.

  3. Leo

    Where can I get several copies (DVD) of this to send to friends. I know it’s been several years but I would most appreciate buying a copy

    Thank you.

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