The fast approaching Red Cross Heroes Awards Breakfast will coincide with March as Red Cross Month, during which the Highland and Clinton County American Red Cross is recognizing the county’s everyday heroes – heroes who reach out to help people in need, make a difference in the community, or save a life.
On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, beginning 7:30 a.m. at the Roberts Centre, the eighth annual Highland and Clinton County Heroes Awards Breakfast for the American Red Cross will be held to celebrate March as Red Cross month and to honor more than forty local heroes from both counties.
Award recipients and categories for Highland County are as follows:
• Richard L. Warner Jr., Emergency Service — nominated by Karen Faust
• Highland County Farm Bureau Trustees, Emergency Service — nominated by Heather Utter, Farm Bureau
• Because He Lives Food Pantry (Ruth, Dick, and Richard Crabtree, Judy McCray c/o First Church of Christ, Virginia Rhonemus, Paul Carpenter, Bob Mount, H. Rosenmeyer), Humanitarian — nominated by Tamara Pierre, Village of Lynchburg
• Tyler Coleman, Humanitarian Award — nominated by Melanie Harper
• Jim Faust, Lifetime Achievement Award — nominated by Virginia Rhonemus
• Ron Ward, Lifetime Achievement Award — nominated by Highland County Commissioners
• Adrian Irizarry, Youth Award — nominated by Casey Smith
• Kris Davis, Humanitarian Award — nominated by Donna Grate
• Mary Chapin, Pet Hero Award — nominated by Helen Walton and Rhonda Mason
• Cierra Lively, Pet Hero Award — nominated by Lori Tuttle
• Highland District Hospital Foundation, Organization of the Year Award — nominated by Clinton and Highland County Red Cross Leadership Council.
To attend the Heroes Awards Breakfast a reservation is required. Reservations may be made by calling the Red Cross office at 937-382-0083 or by emailing Red Cross Community Relations Coordinator Kelley Robbins at Kelley.email@example.com. The extended deadline for reservations is noon on March 12.
“It is critical that we receive names of the attendees; regardless of whether they are a corporate sponsorship table or individual reservations. This will make for a smooth registration process the morning of the breakfast. A $10 late fee will be assessed in addition to general admission to anyone who comes to the Heroes Breakfast without a reservation, or emails or calls in after noon on March 12th, and we will not be able to guarantee that there will be seating available,” said Bev Mayo, Red Cross Heroes Breakfast Registration Leader.
“We encourage everyone to get their reservation made as soon as possible. This is going to be a very inspiring event that you will not want to miss. We look forward to seeing the community there,” said Robbins. The eighth annual event is taking place at the Roberts Centre, 123 Gano Road, Wilmington. The doors open at 7 a.m. and the program starts at 7:30 a.m.
The guest speaker for the event is Jessica Buchanan, who was taken hostage by a group of Somalis following a staff training visit in the field office of South Galkayo, Somalia. She was working as a regional education adviser at the time of her abduction.
Buchanan was rescued by U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six after more than 90 days of captivity. During that time, she lived in “deplorable conditions” and was “terrorized by drugged out thugs who demanded a 45 million dollar ransom for her freedom,” according to her biography on the invitation to the breakfast. Buchanan will speak about her experience and different African issues during the eighth annual Clinton and Highland County Heroes Awards Breakfast on March 19.
Also throughout Clinton and Highland counties will be Paint the Town Red and other events during the Heroes Campaign in March, April, and May.
According to Robbins, President Barack Obama proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the United States, a tradition begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943.
“Red Cross Month is a great time to become part of the Red Cross, and it’s easy to do,” Robbins said. “You can gather members of your household and work on a preparedness plan so you are ready for emergencies. You can become a Red Cross volunteer. You can give a financial donation.”
More information is available on how you can help by contacting the Highland-Clinton County Red Cross office at 937-382-0083 or by emailing Kelley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
“During American Red Cross Month, we honor those who devote themselves to bringing relief where there is suffering, inspiring hope where there is despair, and healing the wounds of disaster and war,” the president’s proclamation reads. “Today, American Red Cross workers, alongside countless humanitarian organizations and caring volunteers, deliver life-saving assistance in every corner of our Nation and all across the globe.”
The Red Cross has a long-standing relationship with the White House dating back to 1913 and President Woodrow Wilson. In 1906, a largely ceremonial office of president was added to the Red Cross leadership. In 1913, President Wilson agreed to serve in this role. This began a tradition that continues today whereby the president of the United States serves as honorary chairman of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is not a government agency and does not receive a regular appropriation from Congress.
The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in the United States every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40-percent of the nation’s blood supply; and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
“We appreciate the support that the community has consistently given to our local Red Cross. We are so thankful for that,” Robbins said. “We are looking forward to another successful Heroes Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 where we will honor over forty local heroes as well as hear an inspiring message from guest speaker, Jessica Buchanan Landemalm.”
Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @ashepherdHTG.