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Elizabeth Lauten was born and bred in eastern North Carolina, and is currently a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill as well as a media consultant at Audeamus Communications in Washington, D.C., developing communications plans for clients ranging from political campaigns to TV show pilots. When she’s not busy working her 9-5, Elizabeth can be found volunteering for the Junior League of Washington or shopping along the streets of Georgetown or working at the local Lilly Pulitzer store, Pink Palm.

CNN 2012 Hero Of The Year

Pushpa Basnet, CNN 2012 “Hero of the Year”
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Last night it seems as though all of Hollywood was at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, for the Sixth Annual CNN Heroes: All Star Tribute, where host Anderson Cooper revealed Pushpa Basnet, a 28 year-old of Kathmandu, Nepal, as the 2012 CNN “Hero of the Year.”

Basnet was among 10 hero honorees who each received $50,000 for their hard-work, and winner Basnet will receive an additional $250,000 grant for her nonprofit the Early Childhood Development Center.

At the young age of 21, while still an undergrad in Social Work, Basnet visited the women prison in Kathmandu. Dismayed seeing children forced to live with their incarcerated parents, she raised 70,000 rupees (roughly $885) from her friends and family to begin a non-profit, The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), to provide a daycare program to the children. Since its 2005 inception, the ECDC has grown to provide housing, education and medical care to more than 140 children.

Basnet was among 10 hero honorees
(Photo Credit: CNN)

Stars 50 Cent, Maria BelloAdrien BrodyViola DavisJosh DuhamelJeff Gordon, Cullen JonesJane Lynch, Susan Sarandon, and Rainn Wilson presented other heroes with awards, while David Spade, Rico Rodriguez and Miranda Cosgrove honored three “Young Wonders,” children who have made extraordinary differences in their communities.

With over 45,000 nominees from more than 100 countries, CNN Heroes shines a light on individuals who go above and beyond to serve others. Viewers may continue to donate to any and all of this year’s 10 honorees at CNNHeroes.com, and Google will waive all transaction fees, ensuring 100% of the donations go directly to charity, through December 31.

Click here to find out more about Basnet and the Early Childhood Development Centrer.

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