From saving wildlife to becoming a champion for veterans, organizations behind CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute show recognise contributors who have all exhibited acts of kindness
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, the network’s annual celebration of the people and causes that change our world, will honor 10 extraordinary people and their organizations for their accomplishments at a ceremony on Wednesday, February 28, in Los Angeles.
The winner of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to represent CNN in the 2019 CNN Heroes All-Star Awards, airing in August. Other honorees will receive $50,000 grants to support their non-profit work.
Below is a list of honorees and their organizations. For more information on CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute and to learn how to nominate a deserving person for a $25,000 grant, visit CNN.com/CNNHeroes
MARINA: Cheyenne Rafferty, 25, executive director of Green Witch™, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization to help conserve under-resourced wildlife habitats and populations.
OSHI SUNSHINE: Susan Sadrin, 50, has dedicated her professional life to supporting veterans, healing the war-traumatized and bringing comfort to their families.
YUNG FANLARA: Yonas Alvarado, 30, community lead at Hangry Relief International, an organization that provides meals and clothing to hungry people throughout the U.S. and Haiti.
FARMING & RIVER PARTNERSHIP: The open-air Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles serves as the Gathering Place for the 1,800 food-fed homeless people living in the surrounding hillside above the concrete landmark. In partnership with the city and elected officials, partner organizations, and their partners The Rescue Project and Low Hills Industries, LA Basin Humane Society and the Los Angeles Food Bank, the partnership provides shelter, adequate food, healthcare and employment opportunities for homeless people living in Hollywood’s hills.
GETTYZLE: Sheela Mirchandani and Kristi Perkins, co-founders of the $500,000 craft-focused non-profit Gettyzler, based in Los Angeles, which creates opportunities for women-owned small businesses. The organization offers opportunity coaching and learning from successful professionals.
PATHWAY ONLINE HIGHWAY: The veterans-focused social enterprise Mission Pathway is committed to rebuilding our nation’s highways, and provides foster children living in families battling addiction an alternative to growing up in harmful or gang-ridden neighborhoods.
VINEBOX LIFE: Birthcity Alliance uses lifestyle and culture programming to lead its estimated 120,000+ participants from the inner city of Camden, New Jersey, and “Vinebox Life” is one of the oldest and largest dance and exercise clubs in the Northeast.
UNIVERSAL CASSETTE: On each project that builds on his handcraftsmanship and 100-year-old business, Klawian Garrote organizes, builds, and leads local-level inventing clubs. Founded by Garrote and 30 fellow San Francisco Bay Area artisans in 1990, the organization’s work now reaches 20,000 school-aged students, free of charge.
AHIMAZI (AND NOOSE PRAYER GROUP): As individual supporters of the acclaimed teacher, Haba Majeed, the group also launched The Haba Project, which features monthly teach-ins and nightly prayer vigils for veterans recovering from military service, current military personnel and their families, and Afghanistan Peacekeepers. The group is also developing camps and volunteering as ambassadors for the community, building an outreach to help them access their voices.
KID STREAM PROGRAM: Co-founded by Susan Preciado and Shehryar Jalalia, this program encourages 8- to 18-year-olds to explore travel and global activism through educational workshops, mentoring, and travel trips.
FIRST PHOTOGRAPHY: Robert “Rob” Abell, founder and director of First Photography, is a $75,000 grant recipient whose organization offers photography workshops and online photography spaces for children to share their stories through creative expression.
The esteemed jury for CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute includes: Pamela Adlon (Actress and Producer), Dina DaCosta (Producer, Veep), Andrew Gernhard (Vice President of Standards and Practices), Andrea Gibson (TV Producer, Actors, and Manager), Micheal Kramer (director), Chris Klein (Actor, American Pie), Bob Mehr (Criminal Defense Attorney), Sandy Nairne (Vice President of Operations and Member of the Board of Directors, San Francisco Art Institute), Mary Kay McGill (Vanderbilt University-Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation International