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Sep 20, 2012 1:35 PM by Erin Schattauer

Butte's Leo McCarthy makes CNN's Top 10 Heroes list

Butte's Leo McCarthy has made CNN's list of Top 10 Heroes.

Leo and the other nine people will receive $50,000, according to CNN's website. All the top 10 placers were audience-nominated. They will be honored at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," which airs live Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT.

"At the tribute show, hosted by Anderson Cooper in Los Angeles, one of the top 10 will be named CNN Hero of the Year and receive an additional $250,000 to continue their work," according to the website.

Click here to see CNN's story.

Leo founded Mariah's Challenge after his 14-year-old daughter, Mariah, was killed by a drunk driver in 2007. He was recognized by CNN as one of its CNN Heroes earlier this year.

The CNN story touched on Butte and the rest of Montana's struggle with alcohol and notes how Leo is using this tragedy as a way to change things in a state that it says "routinely ranks in the top five per capita for drunken-driving fatalities."

As the Mariah's Challenge website states, the concept is simple:

• If you are under 21, do not drink and never get in a car with somebody who has been drinking.
• If you are over 21, do not drink and drive, and be a good role model for our children.
• If you sell alcohol, check IDs, train your employees to obey the law, and keep alcohol out of the hands of our children.
• If you are a part of our justice system, enforce our laws and keep our children safe.

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