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NEW YORK, NY (SMI-PHILANTHROPHY -AWARDS-12.12.21)-The CNN Network celebrated its 15th annual CNN Heroes All-Stars tribute awards today, Sunday Dec 12, recognizing ten individuals (men and women) for their philanthropy contributions that had made a different for a better world, and naming Shirley Raines,  the 2021 CNN Hero of the year during an award live ceremony, co-hosted by Anderson Cooper(CNN's Journalist) and Kelly Ripa (ABC's TV host and producer of " Live with Kelly & Ryan" ) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

In addition to the winners and co-hosts, Celebrities , performers, CNN executives and journalist in attendance and who walked the red carpet were:

Jason Kilar, CEO of WarnerMedia

Batiste, Academy Award-winning musician

Aloe Blacc, Grammy Award-nominated singer

Rachel Brosnahan, Emmy Award-winning actress

Lynda Carter, Actress and singer

Hugh Dancy, actor

Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor

Josh Groban, singer

Christopher Meloni, Emmy Award-nominated actor

Niecy Nash, Emmy Award-winning actress

Ego Nwodim, actress and comedian

Kelly Ripa, TV host

Rachel Zegler, Actress and singer

Maggie Nichols, Daniel Hodges, Michael Fanone, Harry Dunn,

Ryan Hreljac, Aquilino Gonell (Officers of the January 06, Washington  States Capital Insurrection) 


These ten individuals who were selected by CNN and its audience will receive $10,000 prize award each and the 2021 Hero of the year winner will be awarded with $100, 000 prize. 

Find below the 10 selected winners of 2021-15th Annual CNN Heroes All-Stars Tribute:

Jenifer Colpas: Bringing clean water and power to rural villages in her country

Her cause: Jenifer Colpas co-founded  Tierra Grata in 2015, a non-profit that provides access to clean water, solar-powered lights and electricity along with eco-toilets and showers for remote rural communities throughout Colombia. Colpas and her team currently serve 35 communities and their services have helped improve the quality of life for more than 10,000 people.

Lynda Doughty: The seal rescuer

Her cause:  For the past decade, Lynda Doughty's nonprofit, Marine Mammals of Maine, has provided response efforts, assistance and medical care for more than 3,000 marine animals.The group monitors 2,500 miles of coastline and operates a 24-hour hotline, responding to calls about distressed or deceased marine mammals, and it has federal authorization to provide temporary care for critically ill and injured seals. Data gathered on these animals allows Doughty and her team to monitor trends in diseases and human impact on marine mammal health.

David Flink: Creating a new way to learn

His cause:  David Flink's Eye to Eye program pairs middle school children who have a learning difference with a college or high school mentor who also has a learning difference. Eye to Eye's 18-week program centers on a specific social-emotional learning objective. Each lesson builds on the previous, moving students from self-doubt to empowerment. The organization is in 150 schools nationwide and has more than 1,350 mentees impacting middle school children each week. Eighty percent of Eye to Eye students graduate from college -- an impressive rate considering children with learning disabilities are three times more likely to drop out of high school.

Dr. Patricia Gordon: Saving women from a preventable disease

Her cause: Dr. Patricia Gordon operates Curecervicalcancer, which delivers screening, training and supplies to clinics around the world. The organization has since worked in 10 countries, including China, Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Vietnam.The non-profit has screened more than 150,000 women and treated more than 8,600 to date. It has also established 106 sustainable clinics to screen and treat women in remote and underserved areas.

Hector Guadalupe: Giving former prisoners a second chance

His cause: Hector Guadalupe's non-profit, A Second U Foundation, helps formerly incarcerated men and women get certified as personal trainers and build careers in the fitness industry so they can support their families. Guadalupe and his team of volunteers offer a free eight-week program for 10-15 students every quarter to prepare for the national certification exam.

Once students have passed the exam, Guadalupe helps them get jobs. More than 200 people have graduated from the program since 2016 and only two have reoffended -- a recidivism rate of less than 1%.

Michele Neff Hernandez: Finding a way through grief together

Her cause: Michele Neff Hernandez created Soaring Spirits  in 2008, three years after her husband's death. Her nonprofit connects widows and widowers, allowing them to heal in a community that understands the pain of losing a partner. It has grown to include 70 regional chapters all over the US, as well as pen pals and programs specifically for the LGBTQ community.To date, the organization has reached more than 4 million people worldwide.

Zannah Mustapha: Building a strong and peaceful future generation 

His cause: For more than a decade, Zannah Mustapha has devoted his life to providing hope and peace for children in northern Nigeria caught in the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency. He and his staff educate more than 2,000 students from both sides of the conflict at the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School.

The school offers psychological and social support to help children with trauma. Students, who all live nearby with relatives or family members, are also provided uniforms, books, meals and health services.

Mustapha said 1,023 students have graduated, and many have gone on to college or careers.

Shirley Raines: Beauty 2 the Streetz

Her cause:  For the past six years, Raines and her organization, Beauty 2 the Streetz, have been a mainstay on Los Angeles' Skid Row, providing food, clothing, hair and makeup services -- and most recently health and hygiene items -- to thousands of people. Her goal: to make the homeless feel human, whether that means a haircut, a facial, a hearty meal, or a hug.

Dr. Ala Stanford: Bringing Covid-19 testing and vaccines to Philly's minority neighborhoods

Her cause: Since April 2020, Dr. Ala Stanford has been working to change Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy among people of color. Her group, the Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium, has brought testing and vaccines to more than 75,000 residents of Philadelphia's minority neighborhoods.The volunteer effort that Stanford initially funded from her own pocket is now a large operation with 70 employees and more than 200 volunteers.

Made Janur Yasa: A plastic clean-up program that's feeding families

His cause: Made Janur Yasa's non-profit, Plastic Exchange , allows local villagers in Bali, Indonesia, to exchange plastic trash for rice, a main food staple. This barter system benefits the environment and empowers the local people. Villages hold community exchange events once a month in which residents can bring in plastic to trade in for rice. Yasa says the organization has so far helped feed thousands of families and collected nearly 300 tons of plastic for recycling.

Article Written & Photo By Marcello Cutti Jr.

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