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Kelly Ripa to Join Anderson Cooper in Hosting 10th Anniversary of CNN Heroes

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While taking a break from finding her own co-host for Live! with Kelly, Kelly Ripa is set to join Anderson Cooper in hosting the 10th anniversary of CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute this holiday season.

The Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated show celebrates those individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others.

The ceremony will honor the 2016 Top 10 CNN Heroes, including an owner of a nonprofit that rescues senior dogs from shelters, a man whose organization offers free outdoor adventures for cancer patients, a soccer coach for refugee youth in America, a woman helping other women to escape prostitution, addiction and trafficking, and more.

“After 10 years, and nearly 300 Heroes, we are so grateful to continue honoring those making such an impact in their communities, and to help them continue their work,” said Kelly Flynn, creator and senior executive producer of CNN Heroes, in a statement. “This year, we are thrilled to broadcast live around the world, and welcome the addition of Kelly Ripa – a three-time CNN Heroes presenter – as co-host.  Her passion and expertise, coupled with the on-stage chemistry she and Anderson share will surely help create an unforgettable evening.”

Starting Wednesday, voters are able to select the CNN Hero of the Year by voting for the CNN Hero who inspires them.

The 10th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air live this year on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.