Real Heroes Celebration: Southwest Washington

  • SW Washington Heroes Event

Do you know a Real Hero?

If you know someone who has done something amazing in our community such as saving the life of another, click on the nomination button below and fill out the form.

*Please note that the nominee must live, work or be stationed in Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties, or the event must have occurred in these counties.

Annual Celebration

An annual community celebration, the Real Heroes event is the signature fundraising event for Southwest Washington American Red Cross. The Real Heroes event grew out of the desire to develop an event that is closely related to the Red Cross Mission - Saving lives through prevention, preparedness and response. It recognizes the heroic deeds of everyday people while raising undesignated operational revenue for your local Red Cross.

Nominations are accepted from Dec 1 through Nov 30 for recognition of individuals who have performed a single act of heroism within those 12 months, and the breakfast is held the following March. Nominees for the award must live or work in Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Skamania or Klickitat counties. Hero categories are Medical Rescue, Animal Rescue, Youth Good Samaritan, Adult Good Samaritan, Workplace Rescue, Professional Rescue and Educational Rescue.

Partnership Opportunities for the Real Heroes Celebration

This event would not be possible without the continued financial support of area businesses. The annual Real Heroes Breakfast provides an opportunity for local businesses to sponsor different components of this fundraiser.

To learn more about the wide range of pre-event, during-event, and post-event partnership opportunities, contact Dennis Rugg at