Heifer International Empowering Women Everywhere

Heifer honors those whose time, talents and influence help end hunger and poverty and lift the voices of women and girls all over the world.

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Honorees

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss

When not writing epic fantasy and grand stories, New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss runs Worldbuilders. Together with thousands of readers, authors, gamers, and geeks, Rothfuss has raised more than $3.5 million for Heifer International.

Tai Lopez

Tai Lopez

Tai Lopez is an investor, partner or advisor to more than 20 multi-million dollar businesses. Through his popular book club and podcasts, Tai shares advice on how to achieve health, wealth, love and happiness with 1.4 million people in 40 countries.

Chris Gero

Chris Gero

Widely regarded as a world-class image-maker, Chris Gero is a GRAMMY-nominated record producer, concert producer, film director, and the founder and Vice President of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America.

Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush

Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush

Tom Colicchio has served as head judge on ”Top Chef“ since 2006. He also served as executive producer for ”A Place at the Table,“ a documentary directed by his wife, Lori Silverbush, an award-wining screenwriter and director.

Annie Griffiths

Annie Griffiths

Annie Griffiths, one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, has worked in nearly 150 countries. As Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, she works with photographers documenting programs that empower women and girls throughout the developing world.

Diane Lane

Diane Lane

Oscar-nominated actress Diane Lane first heard about Heifer at a fundraising dinner party. Soon after, she signed up for a Heifer International Study Tour to Rwanda with her daughter, where they witnessed the impact of Heifer’s exponential model of ending poverty and improving lives around the world.

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder is an American actor known for starring in The CW’s hit drama, ”The Vampire Diaries.“ In 2010, he launched The Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to educate, empower and collaborate with people and projects that positively impact our planet and its creatures.

Susan Sarandon

Pierre Ferrari & Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon is an Academy Award-winning actress known for her social and political activism. Sarandon serves as a spokeswoman for Heifer, contributing to videos and commercials, and has visited Heifer Projects around the world. In 2006, Sarandon received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award.

Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen

Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen

Actress Mary Steenburgen and husband actor Ted Danson began their relationship with Heifer International almost 20 years ago and have since been advocates for the organization. The couple received Heifer International’s first Noble Globe award in 2012.

Past Dinner Committee
& Co-Hosts

  • Cat Cora
  • Diane Lane
  • Jon and Kirsten Heder
  • Rainn Wilson and Holiday Reinhorn
  • Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed
  • Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Ed Asner
  • Mario Batali
  • Mehcad Brooks
  • Janie Bryant
  • Danielle Campbell
  • Ben Cohen
  • Mindy Cohn
  • David Cross
  • Carson Daly
  • Robert Floe
  • Johnny Hanson
  • Patricia Heaton and David Hunt
  • Nina Jacobson
  • Allison Janney
  • Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop
  • Amy Madigan and Ed Harris
  • Dana Mathews
  • Ryan Newman
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Millie and Steve Smith
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Ashley Stone
  • Lucy Schwartz
  • Arlene Falk Withers
  • Christi Wohl
  • Josh Zuckerman

Corporate Supporters

  • Yamaha Entertainment Group of America
  • Variety
  • DAW Books, Inc.
  • Production Solutions
  • Craver, Mathews, Smith & Company
  • Lake Group Media, Inc.
  • Cortney and Kevin Beebe
  • Laserfiche ®
  • Lifeblue
  • Mayfair Games, Inc.
  • MDS Communications