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American Red Cross is Calling for Nominations for the Heroes Game

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Who’s your Hero? Do you know someone who has performed an extraordinary act of courage or dedicated countless hours to a special cause? We are looking for the common citizens, the unheralded and unselfish pillars of our community.

A hero from both Iowa and Nebraska will be honored before a sold out crowd at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, IA when the Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers play the Heroes Game presented by Hy-Vee on Friday, November 23, 2012. Go to or visit your local Hy-Vee Store to nominate your hero today.

“There are Heroes walking among us every day—the people who put others above themselves—and it is our pleasure to work with Hy-Vee, the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa again to recognize Heroes across Iowa and Nebraska,” said Tina Labellarte, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Nebraska/SW Iowa Region.

A hero must be at least 18 years of age and live, work or go to school in either Iowa or Nebraska; however, the act of heroism or good deed need not have occurred in either state. One person from both Iowa and Nebraska will be selected to represent each state at the Hy-Vee Heroes Game on Friday, November 23rd in Iowa City, IA, receive four tickets to the Iowa vs. Nebraska NCAA football game and have their name and hometown inscribed on the Heroes Game trophy.

Nominations will be taken September 29 – October 21, 2012. Nomination forms, rules, and further information can be found online at or may be picked up at local Nebraska and Iowa Hy-Vee stores. Hero nominations not selected for the Heroes Game will be considered for recognition at the Annual American Red Cross Heroes of the Heartland events in selected Nebraska and Iowa cities and towns in 2013.

Gary Launderville of Storm Lake, Iowa and Kathy Griess of Fremont, Nebr were recognized during last year’s Heroes game. Launderville was chosen as the Iowa hero for his concern for children and for putting community safety ahead of personal safety. Launderville and his wife, Sandy, have fostered 125 children, seven of which they eventually adopted and joined their family of six. Last January, Launderville was hit by an SUV and thrown 20 feet into the air when he was rescuing a mother and child stranded in a raging snowstorm. Griess was chosen as the Nebraska hero for her efforts to save the lives of two children. Griess was driving home when she noticed thick, black smoke coming from a mobile home park. She pulled off the highway and drove to the park where she found two children trapped by a fire. Without hesitation, Greiss went to a window of the mobile home and pulled the boys, ages three and one, to safety.

Nominations may be filled out online or mailed to the American Red Cross Omaha office, 2912 S. 80th Ave., Omaha, NE 68124, or faxed to (402) 343-7777 by midnight on October 21, 2012.

This year fans will have the chance to see a Heroes Game traveling trophy up close as it stops at Hy-Vee stores and local businesses throughout Nebraska and Iowa during October and November. Shoppers can also support the humanitarian work of American Red Cross by purchasing Heroes Game Shields for $1 at Hy-Vee Stores and other participating locations in both states.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at