Pushpa Basnet of Nepal was awarded the highest honor last night at CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute in LA after she was named “Hero of the Year.”
Though host Anderson Cooper announced the award, earlier in the even Susan Sarandon had presented Basnet $50,000 in recognition for her work with her nonprofit organization, the Early Childhood Development Center.
She will receive an extra $250,000 as the winner.
Hollywood heavyweights arrived at the Shrine Auditorium to see the ten honorees receive their accolades including Harvey Keitel, who opened the evening, as well as presenters 50 Cent, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, Viola Davis, Josh Duhamel, Cullen Jones, Jane Lynch, Rainn Wilson, David Spade, Rico Rodriguez and Miranda Cosgrove.
Performances from Ne-Yo, who sang the appropriately named “Heroes”, as well as “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips’ Summer Olympics anthem “Home”, rounded out the evening.