Our MC will be Colonel Virginia I. Doonan. Col. Doonan, a board member of our Red Cross chapter, is the Commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. She leads more than 1,300 military and civilian personnel who ensure the wing’s ability to respond to peacetime contingencies while maintaining preparedness to accomplish its wartime missions of intelligence, cyber intelligence, cyber engineering and installation.
Please join us at the largest fundraiser of the year, this event helps the Red Cross of the Cape, Islands, and Southeast Massachusetts continue their mission of alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies.
The American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast is the largest annual fundraising event for the Cape, Islands and Southeast Massachusetts chapter. More than 500 heroes, individuals, community leaders, business owners, family and friends will be in attendance.
At the breakfast, we are proud to showcase how local heroes change lives. Selfless heroics- whether through saving a life or enriching and transforming lives over years of service to our community- make a difference in the Cape, Islands and Southeast Massachusetts communities. Every person we highlight is a true hero.
Our special guest presenter and hero is Joanne Peterson, Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit peer-led support network which began in 2004. With the growth and expansion of LTC, Mrs. Peterson has been called upon by high level government officials, law enforcement, and educators to assist in their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. LTC collaborates with communities across the state to spread messages of prevention, education, awareness and advocacy. We are hoping to receive nominations of other heroes battling the opiate addiction crisis.
Sheriff James Cummings, Barnstable County Sheriff, is this year’s Honorary Chair. Sheriff Cummings has been a supporter of the Heroes Breakfast almost since its inception in 2003 and has been a leader in treating inmates who suffer from substance abuse. Sheriff Cummings implemented a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT) for the inmates at the county correctional facility and has received national recognition for its success in reducing recidivism.