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'CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute'

Updated 9:25 AM ET, Mon December 2, 2013
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CNN's Anderson Cooper hosts this year's edition of "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute." The globally broadcast event honored the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013 -- everyday people doing extraordinary things to help change the world. Theo Wargo/WireImage
The show was held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Celebrities were on hand to honor the Heroes, who receive $50,000 for making the top 10. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo presents CNN Hero Danielle Gletow during the show. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
Gletow speaks to the audience after Ne-Yo's introduction. Gletow posts the wishes of foster children online so the public can help grant them. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
Actor Jason Biggs listens to presenters during the show. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
CNN Hero Estella Pyfrom accepts her award as comedian Sarah Silverman looks on. Pyfrom used her life savings to create "Estella's Brilliant Bus," a mobile computer lab that provides tutoring for thousands of low-income students in Palm Beach County, Florida. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
Actress Allison Williams watches the show. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
Actor Josh Lucas presents CNN Hero Dale Beatty with his award. Beatty co-founded Purple Heart Homes, which has helped build or modify homes for dozens of disabled U.S. veterans. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
Comedian Jim Gaffigan performs during the show. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
CNN Hero Richard Nares is presented an award from actor Alan Cumming. Nares organizes transportation for sick children who have trouble getting to their chemotherapy appointments. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
Actor Terry Crews watches the show. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
Actor Jeffrey Wright watches CNN Hero Georges Bwelle accept his award. Bwelle travels into the jungles of his native Cameroon nearly every weekend, providing free medical care for those who don't have access to good health care. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
CNN Hero Laura Stachel, who created a special "solar suitcase" to help health care workers deliver babies in more than 20 developing countries. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
A special honoree was Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper who earlier this year persuaded an armed intruder to surrender at a Georgia elementary school. Theo Wargo/WireImage
The Camden Sophisticated Sisters perform Beyonce's song "Get Me Bodied." The drill team was started by CNN Hero Tawanda Jones to empower the youth of Camden, New Jersey, one of the poorest cities in the country. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
Television personalities Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan present Jones with her award. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
CNN Hero Chad Pregracke has made it his life's work to clean up the Mississippi River and other American waterways. Since 1998, about 70,000 volunteers have helped Pregracke remove more than 7 million pounds of garbage from 23 rivers across the country. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
Williams presents an award to CNN Hero Kakenya Ntaiya. After becoming the first woman in her Kenyan village to attend college in the United States, Ntaiya returned home to open the village's first primary school for girls. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
CNN Hero Robin Emmons has grown more than 26,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables for people who live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Emmons started her nonprofit, Sow Much Good, after she learned that more than 72,000 people in Charlotte lack access to fresh produce. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
Three-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles performs her hit single "Brave." Theo Wargo/WireImage
At the end of the show, Pregracke was revealed as the CNN Hero of the Year. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
For this honor, which was decided by a five-week vote on CNN.com, Pregracke receives an additional $250,000 for his cause. Pregracke said he would give $10,000 of his winnings to each of the other top 10 Heroes. Theo Wargo/WireImage
Cooper and the top 10 gather at the conclusion of the show. Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN