Celebrities and musicians come together to honor the ordinary people who make the world a better place.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Kelly Ripa are hosting the 16th Annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Praise” on CNN, which kicks off at 8 PM ET. More than a dozen celebrities will join them, including supermodel and activist Naomi Campbell and actors Adam Scott from “Severance”, Aubrey Plaza from “The White Lotus” and Tenoch Huerta from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” reward servers.
“We are very honored to be here,” said actress and singer Sofia Carson, who will be performing a song by award-winning songwriter Diane Warren at the event. “Diane wrote this incredible anthem for those who conducted ‘Applause’, for those who survived and those who fought, and tonight we dedicate this song and performance to our heroes.”
The 2022 CNN Hero of the Year will be announced during the live broadcast, selected by CNN viewers from this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes. All 10 winners receive a $10,000 prize, and the Hero of the Year receives an additional $100,000 for their cause.
Aubrey Plaza introduced the first CNN Hero, Aidan Reilly, who started his nonprofit while he was home from college in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Aidan and his friends formed the Farmlink Project from the seat of the pandemic,” Plaza said. The nonprofit connects surplus food—food that would otherwise be wasted—from farms in the U.S. to those in need. “More than £70m has moved…in just two years,” Plaza added.
For the first time this year, CNN Heroes collaborates with The Elevate Prize Foundation to provide nonprofit education, organizational support, and additional awards in the form of grants to 10 recipients. The CNN Hero of the Year will also be named an Elevate Award winner and will receive additional funding and ongoing support for their work.
Two young people who made a difference in their communities were also honored as 2022 Young Miracles:
- Sri Nihal Tammana, 13, from Edison, New Jersey, started “Recycle My Battery,” which keeps used batteries out of the ecosystem through a network of collection boxes.
Here are three ways to be a part of tonight’s CNN Heroes special::
Watch the two-hour televised event tonight on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español or CNNgo, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV, and the online streaming platform available on CNN. Mobile apps.
CNN has partnered with GoFundMe to secure donations to this year’s Top 10 awards. GoFundMe is the world’s largest fundraising platform that empowers people and charities to give and receive aid. Supporters can donate online to the Top 10 CNN Heroes nonprofits directly from CNNHeroes.com.
Do you know someone in your community who is doing great things to make the world a better place? Keep an eye on CNN.com/heroes and consider nominating that person as a CNN Hero in 2023. You can also learn more about the past 350 CNN Heroes who have helped more than 55 million people in all 50 US states and more than 100 countries. 110 countries around the world.