Nora Sandigo to Receive the “Hero of the Year” Award at The People Magazine Awards

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Lynne Sladky/AP
Lynne Sladky/AP

The PEOPLE Magazine Awards announced more attendees scheduled to appear for the star-studded event special and snapshot of the year in pop culture. Jeff Bridges, Billy Eichner, Josh Gad, Jon Hamm, Diane Guerrero and Chloë Grace Moretz have been added to previously announced attendees Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton and Jennifer Lopez. 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5 are set to perform.

Also announced today was the recipient of the Hero of the Year Award, honoring an everyday hero for their generous and selfless aid to others in need. Nora Sandigo will receive this honor for her work as Founder and Executive Director of American Fraternity Inc., a non-profit in Miami that helps immigrants and their families. Ms. Sandigo created the fraternity with a desire to advocate for the rights of immigrants, and to guide them in their process of adjustment to the American culture. Her focus in recent years has been “immigration orphans,” U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants facing deportation or the threat of deportation. Currently, Ms. Sandigo is legal guardian to more than 800 immigration orphans, allowing them to remain in the country with friends or relatives. Her efforts have taken her to work in Washington where Ms. Sandigo, along with a committed group of community leaders, is working earnestly to protect the rights of U.S. citizen children being torn apart from their immigrant parents. “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin” actress Diane Guerrero, whom herself is a child of immigrant parents that were deported when she was 14-years old, will present the Hero of the Year Award to Ms. Sandigo.

The two-hour special will broadcast live on NBC on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 9 P.M. ET/PT, from The Beverly Hilton.  The night will include performances from 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.

Viewers and readers across the country will have the opportunity to participate in the fan-voted award, Best PEOPLE Magazine Cover of the Year. Tweet your pick with the hashtag #PEOPLEMagazineAwards. Voting has begun, and will continue through week of show.

“The PEOPLE Magazine Awards” are sponsored by L’Oréal Paris and Kohl’s.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.