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.
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.
Hero Nomination Categories
Community Service Hero: An individual, couple, or family involved with an event, project, or on-going effort that directly benefits the community.
Youth Hero: A student (elementary, middle, high school or college) who demonstrates leadership qualities, or is involved with an event, project, or on-going effort that directly benefits the community.
Life Saving Hero: A person or group of people who helped save a life in 2016.
Professional Hero: A Firefighter, Police Officer, EMT, or other first responder who has performed an act beyond the call of duty.
Armed Forces Hero: A member of the Armed Forces who acted above and beyond the call of duty.
Individual with Disabilities Hero: An individual with any type of disability who serves our community in an extraordinary way or helps save a life.