Birmingham superhero Austin Perine named one of CNN’s most influential people of 2018

Screenshot from CNN’s Making an Impact segment about President Austin Perine of Birmingham.

5 year old Austin Perine, recent winner of the Vulcan Park Foundation 2018 “Spear Award” and superhero against homelessness and hunger has been named one of CNN’s most influential people of 2018, according to WPMI NBC 15 – Mobile.

“True happiness is when you know your child is becoming a good person,” said, Austin’s father Terance Perine in response to the news.

Big Fans of Austin

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Screenshot from the CBS Evening News feature about superhero Austin Perine at Birmingham’s Linn Park.

Earlier this year, Bham Now published  several stories about Austin Perine, documenting the four year old cape crusader (he turned 5 years old last week) efforts to bring attention to the homeless issue in the Magic City.

Austin’s simple message – “Don’t forget to show love!” and hashtag  #showlove – has caught on nationally . To date, President Austin, that’s his superhero name, has been featured on USA Today, NowThisNews, CNN and countless news and social media outlets. In November, Perine was honored by the Vulcan Park Foundation, one of Birmingham’s most prestigious community awards.

Here are  President Austin’s heartwarming stories that appeared on CNN and CBS News.

CNN:  In a superhero cape, he feeds the city’s hungry and homeless. And he’s only 4

CBS News:

GoFundMe Goal nearly met

In addition to Perine’s accolades, he has raised $87, 254 toward conquering homelessness in 2018.  The latest numbers show that he is less than $750 away from his goal of $88,000.

According to Austin’s father, the GoFundMe fundraiser will do the following:

“Austin’s show love project is a nonprofit movement that will involve traveling and fighting hunger and establishing a facility that will help with food, toiletries, drug rehabilitation and shelter integration. The nonprofit organization is called the Show Love foundation.”

Visit the Show Love Fight Hunger GoFundMe page – HERE.


How do you top being named one of CNN’s Most Influential People in 2018? We are confident President Austin will find a way.

#Showlove,  Happy 5th Birthday and congratulations on being named to CNN’s most influential list Austin!

You are truly Birmingham’s superhero!

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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