Silicon Valley Heroes 2017 - Nominations


Nominations are due June 11, 2017.

Who is your hero?

Each year, the American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley presents awards to local heroes. These individuals have saved lives, made significant positive differences in their communities in the areas of emergency response, disaster preparedness and prevention, or exemplified the Red Cross mission in some way.

Heroes Categories

In our Centennial year, we actively seek nominees who align with one or more of the following categories:

Blood Services Hero: This award is given to someone who has played a major role in efforts to promote and build our community’s lifesaving blood supply or has been a part of scientific advancements to the biomedical community.

Disaster Services Hero: This award is presented to an individual who has shown extraordinary heroism in response to disaster or an emergency situation, providing relief through financial or voluntary assistance, or has significantly influenced their community’s disaster preparedness, resilience, or recovery. This award may be given to an ordinary citizen or a professional first responder whose lifesaving action or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty.

Health & Safety Hero: This award is presented to an individual who has shown extraordinary courage in an emergency, used life-saving skills (such as CPR, water rescue, first aid) to assist or save the life of another, or has significantly improved the well-being of their community. This award may be given to an ordinary citizen or a medical professional whose lifesaving action or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty.

International Services Hero: This award is presented to someone who has provided an outstanding service to the community in the field of international services including, not limited to, international humanitarian aid, refugee support, or restoring links within families separated by war, conflict, or disaster.

Service to the Armed Forces Hero: This award is given to someone who has provided exceptional support to service members, veterans, or their families or to a member of our armed forces (active, reserve, National Guard, retired, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose life saving action or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty.

*Note: Awards in all categories may be awarded posthumously.

If you know someone who you think is a hero but you are not sure what category they belong to or think they may belong in multiple categories, please do not hesitate to nominate them for the one category that which your hero qualifies for the most. When hero nominations are reviewed, they will be placed in the best or multiple categories if qualified. Please note that a hero may not be selected for every category.

Nomination Rules

The Heroes award recipients will be selected by a committee of local community leaders based on the degree to which their actions uphold the values of the Red Cross and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of Silicon Valley. Award decisions are based on the information provided by the nominator, so be detailed and include as much supporting material as possible.

  • All nominees must work or reside in Santa Clara County. The heroic acts may have occurred elsewhere.
  • The heroic event must be either ongoing commitment to the community for more than one year or have occurred between May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017.
  • All nominees must be able to attend the Heroes Centennial 2017 on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View at 11:30 a.m. and be willing to participate in video interviews and photographs for media and promotional reasons, unless it is a posthumous award.
For more information about the event visit redcross.org/SVHeroes2017. If you have questions about the nomination & selection process, please contact Nominations Chair Suzie Hall at Suzie.Hall@redcross.org.

Four Ways to Nominate:
1. Online form
2. Mail the printable PDF with completed form and any supporting documents to (printable nomination form, PDF):
American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley
Attn: Heroes Selection Committee
2731 N. First St. San Jose, CA 95134
3. Fax this completed form and any supporting documents to: (408) 324-1682
4. Email nomination information to: Suzie.Hall@redcross.org

Heroes Nomination Form