Grand Haven woman attends ‘CNN Heroes’ tribute

Michelle Noordhof, who leads a Tri-Cities-based nonprofit agency, attended the 2011 "CNN Heroes: An All–Star Tribute' in Los Angeles on Dec. 11.
Tribune Staff
Dec 20, 2011


Noordhof was invited by the national cable television news service to attend the event, where the year’s top 10 “heroes” were honored. The Grand Haven woman is president and co-founder of the Medical, Education, Training and Development (METAD) agency.

The evening was hosted by Anderson Cooper. Celebrities participating in this year’s show included comedians Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez, actors J.R. Martinez and Chris Colfer, musical artists Ice Cube and Miley Cyrus, model Christy Turlington Burns, and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.

A consecrated lay missionary of St. Charles-Scalabrinian, Noordhof has dedicated nearly 30 years to service of the poor, economically vulnerable, migrants and refugees. She co-founded METAD in 2001, a Ferrysburg-based nonprofit agency committed to providing domestic and international health solutions and community development initiatives.

This is the fifth year CNN has celebrated “everyday people changing the world.” More than $6 million was raised for the various “CNN Heroes” over the past five years.

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