CNN Heroes All Star Tribute

CNN Heroes All Star Tribute

The Star Treatment for CNN Heroes at Celebration

The CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute was recently hosted by Anderson Cooper. The TV special put the spotlight on everyday people who are changing the world and making it better. And Cooper said he was humbled by the extraordinary individuals he met at the event.

The star-studded turnout for the great event also expressed their awe for the heroes who got the spotlight. Among the celebrities who enjoyed participating to honor true heroes were Demi Moore, Common, John Legend, Kid Rock, Gerard Butler, Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, John Legend, LL Cool J, Loretta Devine, Melanie Fiona, Patty Austin, Jennifer Nettles and Sugarland.


John Legend

Demi Moore gushed that she was in the presence of people who accept nothing less than absolute greatness.


She was among the celebrities who were happy to take a backseat to the quiet heroes, like a guy who helps build homes for soldiers returning from the war, or a woman to helps feed the needy.

In recognition of all the inspiring people who make a difference, Gavin Keilly, founder of GBK Productions, produced the official backstage Thank You Gift Lounge for the heroes being honored and gave them the star treatment, along with the other stars on hand.

They got pampered with Catfootwear, Croton Watches, Astor & Black Custom Clothiers, Booda Brand,  LovelinksAmerica, the Wine to Water a charity label that uses proceeds to fund clean water projects, and the Zamani Retreat Kempinski in Africa, and much more.

Keilly also donated $25,000 to the heroes to help their worthwhile organizations.

Among those who benefited from the support were Dan Wallrath with the Bay Area Builders Association to Support Our Troops; Evan Wadongo with Sustainable Development for All U.S.; Aki Ra with the Landmine Relief Fund; Harmon Parker with Bridging the Gap Inc.; Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow with Mary’s Meals USA Inc.

Narayanan Krishnan with Akshaya USA; Linda Fondren with Shape Up Mississippi; Susan Burton with A New Way of Life Reentry Project; Guadalupe Arizpe De La Bega with the FEMAP Foundation; and the grand prize winner among the heroes was Anuradha Koirala with Friends of Maiti Nepal.

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.