McCartney received the honor, along with $100,000 to support her work, at the November 22 taping of "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. The program, which aired on Thanksgiving, was hosted by Anderson Cooper and featured musical performances from Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and John Legend.
McCartney's work in New Orleans began after Hurricane Katrina when she left her job to help rebuild the St. Bernard Parish, La., area. She dedicated herself to raising money, organizing volunteers and rebuilding houses for struggling citizens. Eventually McCartney founded and opened the non-profit St. Bernard Project, which focuses on helping senior citizens and families with children rebuild and move in. To date, more than 6,000 volunteers have worked with the St. Bernard Project and more than 120 families have moved back into homes.
Liz McCartney, Graduate-GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development