Hollywood stars including Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Neil Patrick Harris awarded ordinary people from across the globe for their contributions to the society.

Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson Honour Everyday Heroes
Last Updated: 2009-11-23T10:39:51+05:30
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Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson Honour Everyday Heroes
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Stars including Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Neil Patrick Harris shined the spotlight on ordinary people who have made a difference in their communities at the CNN Heroes gala on Saturday (21Nov09).
Ten inspiring honourees from across the globe were celebrated for their goodwill efforts as they were brought on stage at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles to receive awards from a host of celebrities, including Greg Kinnear and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
In one of the night's most emotional moments, James Bond star Pierce Brosnan recalled his late wife Cassandra Harris, who died of ovarian cancer in 1991, while paying tribute to breast cancer survivor Andrea Ivory, who helps provide free screenings in Florida.
Eva Mendes awarded the Hero of the Year prize and a $100,000 grant to 21-year-old Efren Penaflorida, who founded a mobile pushcart program to distribute books to children in slums in his native Philippines.
Country sensation Carrie Underwood, R&B singer Maxwell and pop star Leona Lewis all performed at the event, which will air in the U.S. on Thanksgiving (26Nov09).

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