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Celebrities Pay Tribute to Everyday Heroes on CNN This Thanksgiving

by Dish Systems Team

Posted on November 23, 2010

It's not everyday you find celebrities eager to share the spotlight, but when it comes to the world's most selfless and compassionate individuals, Hollywood stars stop everything to take a night out of their busy lives and pay tribute to today's real heroes. This past weekend on November 20th, Anderson Cooper hosted the star-studded annual tribute where ten CNN Heroes finalists, of the more than 10,000 people nominated worldwide, were honored by popular actors and musicians. The "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" was held at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. and it will air on DISH Network this Thanksgiving, November 25th at 8:00 PM ET. In addition to the ten heroes that were honored at Sunday's event, the Chilean Miners who were trapped underground for nearly two months and their rescuers also took to the spotlight as CNN paid tribute to them on this special occasion. A panel of judges all of whom are "do-gooders" themselves chose the ten finalists of heroes, among them includes Muhammad Ali, Ludacris, Richard Branson, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Holly Robinson Peete and Apolo Anton Ohno. Each of the finalists was given $10,000 to help them continue to continue their humanitarian services built on compassion and the winner also receives an additional award of $100,000. The winner of this year's award was chosen by over a million voters that logged on to to cast their vote. Prepare to be inspired on Thanksgiving when celebrities like Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Marisa Tomei, Demi Moore and Jessica Alba present awards to each of the finalists and share their stories with the rest of the world. Some of those who will be honored include Narayana Krishnan from India who has served over 1.2 million meals to India's poorest citizens and Nepal's Anuradha Koirala who has worked tirelessly to protect women from prostitution. Performances by Sugarland, Bon Jovi and John Legend lit up the stage to add to the night's special tribute. Enjoy "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" with your family this Thanksgiving on DISH Network. Watch this DISH Network special and all of your favorite programming in HDTV free for life, to find out how, visit authorized DISH Network retailer DISH Systems or call 866-989-3474. Find us on Facebook or follow our tweets on Twitter for the latest DISH deals and online specials.