Heroes Breakfast

Celebrating Community Heroes

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The American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast was established in an effort to raise awareness for local heroes who carry out the mission of the Red Cross by making a commitment to creating stronger communities and providing help when disaster strikes.

With more than 800 philanthropic and distinguished guests in attendance, the annual Heroes Breakfast is a celebration of spirit and community. Award presentations are made each year to Chicagoland’s finest heroes in the following categories:

  • Blood Services Hero: The eligible nominee can be an individual(s) or organization that is involved in activity that creates awareness of the importance of blood donation in the community, helps to ensure a sufficient and safe blood supply is available to those in need, and/or acts as an activist for the blood community at large.
  • Community Impact Hero: The nominee has displayed leadership and commitment to community by making a positive, noticeable and significant impact in our community. The nominee has identified a community need and created a program or service or otherwise took action to address that need.
  • Disaster Services Hero: The nominee is an individual who has exhibited heroic efforts in any or all of the areas of disaster services, including preparedness, response or recovery during a natural disaster or emergency situation through mission-driven response assistance to people in need. The nominee has exhibited heroism in response to an emergency situation or is involved in an ongoing situation in which a commitment is made to a community that experienced a disaster through an act/s of kindness, courage, or unselfishness in response to an identified need. The eligible nominee must be from the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois area, but could have been deployed elsewhere to assist individuals in need.
  • Emergency Medical Assistance Hero: The nominee is an individual(s) who has exhibited heroic efforts as a paramedic, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) representative, or a non-medical professional with any type of training to prepare them for the emergency (i.e: lifeguard training, CPR training, or first aid).
  • Firefighter Hero: The nominee is a professional, reserve or volunteer firefighter or medical personnel related to dispatch operations of a fire department. The eligible nominee could have been on- or off-duty at the time of the incident. The situation does not have to be associated with the use of skills directly related to his/her profession. The nominee either exhibited heroism in their response to an emergency situation or the nominee is involved in an ongoing situation in which a commitment is made to the community through an act/s of kindness, courage, or unselfishness in response to an identified need.
  • Global Citizenship Hero: The nominee(s) has volunteered or worked to meet the needs of the world’s potentially vulnerable populations by building safer, more resilient communities and providing needed relief. The eligible nominee must be from the Northern Illinois & Chicago region but may have conducted their service locally, nationally and/or internationally to assist individuals in need.
  • Good Samaritan Hero: The eligible nominee(s) is 18 years or older and has performed an act of heroism involving an unusual, significant or unexpected incident requiring a courageous or unselfish reaction in a crisis or time of need.
  • Law Enforcement Hero: The nominee(s) is a professional police officer or related law enforcement official. The eligible nominee(s) could have been on- or off-duty at the time of the incident. The situation does not have to be associated with the use of skills directly related to their profession. The nominee either exhibited heroism in his/her response to an emergency situation or the nominee is involved in an ongoing situation in which a commitment is made to the community through an act/s of kindness, courage, or unselfishness in response to an identified need.
  • Military Hero: The nominee(s) is an active or retired military service member, a member of the military reserves or a member of the military reserve training corps or a military supporter. The eligible nominees could have been on- or off-duty at the time of the incident. The situation does not have to be associated with the use of skills directly related to their profession. The nominee either exhibited heroism in their response to an emergency situation or the nominee is involved in an ongoing situation in which a commitment is made to the community through an act/s of kindness, courage, or unselfishness in response to an identified need.
  • Nurse Hero – The nominee(s) is a licensed and practicing nurse, nursing student or retired nurse. The eligible nominee(s) could have be on- or off-duty at the time of the incident. The situation does not have to be associated with the use of skills directly related to his/her profession. The nominee either exhibited heroism in their response to an emergency situation or the nominee is involved in an ongoing situation in which a commitment is made to the community through an act/s of kindness, courage, or unselfishness in response to an identified need.
  • Youth Hero – The nominee(s) must be 17 years old or under at the time of the incident or act. The eligible nominee(s) has performed an act of heroism involving an unusual, significant or unexpected incident requiring a courageous or unselfish reaction in a crisis or time of need. The nominee(s) can be involved in an ongoing situation in which a commitment is made to the community through an act/s of kindness, courage, or unselfishness in response to an identified need.
  • Thank You 2018 Heroes Sponsors

    2018 Heroes Breakfast

    Nominate A Hero For 2018
    Each year, the American Red Cross of the Chicago and Northern Illinois Region honors individuals and groups for acts of great bravery, dedication and service to the community at our Heroes Breakfast. We are currently accepting nominations for our our 2018 Heroes Breakfast.
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    For questions regarding Heroes nominations, please contact Sarah Herczog at: Sarah.Herczog@redcross.org

    To learn about how you can sponsor the 2018 Heroes Breakfast contact Heather Richards at: Heather.Richards@redcross.org

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    2017 Heroes Breakfast

    Thank you to all of the sponsors and guests who supported the 2017 Heroes Breakfast.
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  • Read short bios of the 2017 Class of Heroes
  • Thank You 2017 Heroes Sponsors

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