Living Lands & Waters’ Chad Pregracke Named Top 10 CNN Hero

CNN honors 10 heroes each year at the "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute Award show." This year, a Caterpillar Foundation grantee, Living Lands & Waters' Founder Chad Pregracke, has been nominated as a Top 10 Hero.

The Foundation has invested in LL&W for many years, and Pregracke has worked with Caterpillar volunteers through river cleanups, tree giveaways and tree planting events. Click here to see Pregracke's story and vote.

Caterpillar employees, along with the Caterpillar Foundation, recently worked with Pregracke and Living Lands & Waters to clean up the Illinois River. Click here to read the story.

A commercial highlighting the Caterpillar Foundation's work alleviating poverty is airing in the weeks leading up to, during and after the award show, as well. CNN estimates more than 25 million adults ages 25-54 will view the Caterpillar Foundation's 30-second commercial, which began airing this month. Caterpillar Foundation ads will also be found on and the mobile website, which will be exposed to approximately 60 million users a month. The commercial ads will also be aired internationally, reaching more than 265 million people worldwide.

"CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" airs 7 p.m. Central Standard Time December 1 on CNN.