|Lake Geneva ‘hero’ could win $250,000 Sunday on CNN|
|Written by CSI media|
|Friday, 09 December 2011 10:35|
Sal Dimiceli, of Lake Geneva, is the founder of The Time is Now to Help charity. He is one of the finalists for CNN's Heros of the Year and will learn if he has won during a live broadcast Dec. 11, 2011. File photo.
LAKE GENEVA — The CNN Hero of the Year will be announced on live TV tonight, but the local nominee is undoubtedly already a hero in the eyes of the many people he’s helped over the years.
Sal Dimiceli, of Lake Geneva, founder of The Time Is Now to Help charity, is among the top 10 CNN heroes for 2011. After growing up in poverty, the local businessman made it his mission to help the poor. He helps nearly 500 people each year with food, rent, utilities and other necessities.
Dimiceli and the other nine heroes in this year’s top 10 each receive a grant of $50,000. The person chosen as the top hero, as determined by the public through online voting, receives an additional $250,000, according to a CNN news release.
(Read the Time is Now blog HERE.)
The awards show, “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” airs at 7 p.m. Sunday from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
This is the fifth year of the heroes program. Over those years, nearly 40,000 people have been nominated from more than 100 countries.
Some of the other heroes in this year’s top 10 have helped people with spinal cord injuries, provided free meals, provided wheelchairs for the poor, established a worldwide mentoring program and more.
“We hope to empower these selfless individuals to persevere in their humanitarian efforts to create progress,” said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide.
For more information about Dimiceli’s Time Is Now charity, go online to www.timeisnowtohelp.org.
|Last Updated on Friday, 09 December 2011 10:47|