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Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us Celebration Announced


GREATER MILWAUKEE AREA, March 30, 2012…The annual American Red Cross Brave Hearts charity event will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive in Hales Corners. This year’s theme is “Brave Hearts in the Park.” The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner/program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Brave Hearts recognizes and celebrates the life-saving achievements of everyday heroes; those who have prevented life-threatening situations from occurring, come to the aid of another or contributed to the safety of our community. Awards are presented to six recipients in the following categories:

Military presented by American Red Cross

Master Sergeant Chris Winchell, Wisconsin Air National Guard, donated his kidney to his step-father, while taking medical leave from flying combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. He advocates for “living donors” and volunteers for the German Shepherd Rescue Alliance for Wisconsin.

Emergency Response presented by Forest County Potawatomi Foundation

Officer Guadalupe Ramirez-Cervantes from the Milwaukee Police Department, pulled a 2-year-old girl from a burning house while out on a routine patrol. His bravery saved her life.

Animal Companion presented by Rockwell Automation

Sergeant Caroline Knitter, Milwaukee Sensitive Crimes Division. She lead the charge to arrest in two major animal abuse cases – youth who set a dog on fire and a dog-fighting operation. Her research and training ties animal abuse to interpersonal violence and is making our area safer for animals and people alike.

Youth presented by State Farm

Four middle school aged kids discovered two children ages 2 and 6 months abandoned in Sherman Park, with a note from the mother who said they were too much for her. Along with the staff, they provided warmth, food and security.

Community Safety & Security presented by Right Management

Sherri Stigler, Waukesha County Communications. While at a Memorial Day event, a 68 year-old Military Veteran collapsed, her training and quick actions saved his life through CPR and the use an Automated External Defibrillator.

Hero of the Year presented by Northwestern Mutual Foundation

Michael Grabowski Jr.. Michael was killed by a motorist while he was helping someone who had just been involved in a hit and run accident. It has been 10 months since his death. His mother nominated him for his compassionate care and his ultimate sacrifice.

The evening would not be possible without our award and event sponsors including, Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, State Farm, MillerCoors, Johnson Controls, Inc., The Laureate Group, Right Management, Rockwell Automation and the Business Journal.

The event magic would not be possible without the in-kind work of David Caruso, Dynamic Events; McDill Design, Midland Video Productions, Front Room Photograph, and artist Tom Queoff who capture the essence and beauty of the communities we serve.

Brave Hearts recognizes and celebrates the life-saving achievements of everyday heroes; those who have prevented life-threatening situations from occurring, come to the aid of another or contributed to the safety of our community. The reception begins at 5:30p.m and the dinner/program at 6:30p.m. Individual seats are $75.00 and reserved tables are available for $1,000. To register call Kathy Fargo at 414-345-8664 or online at RedCrossinSeWIS.org or http://american.redcross.org/braveheartsregistration.

Proceeds from the event are used to help support the American Red Cross’s life-saving and disaster services. The Southeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross serves eight counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter at 414-342-8680 or visit RedCrossInSeWIS.org on the web, twitter.com/RedCrossSeWi and facebook.com/RedCross.SoutheastWI

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org."