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Local Community Leaders Raise $40,000 for Lifesaving Programs

American Red Cross Santa Cruz County - 2013 Heroes
The goal of the event was to recognize acts of heroism by local residents and pay tribute to those who have performed lifesaving deeds while supporting the local lifesaving programs and emergency services.

SANTA CRUZ, CA (June 12, 2013) - On Wednesday, May 15, the American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter honored 15 individuals at the Heroes Breakfast event. Volunteers, sponsors, and community members gathered at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and honored the commitment and compassion of our everyday heroes who serve as the heart and soul of the Santa Cruz Chapter. The goal of the event was to recognize acts of heroism by local residents and pay tribute to those who have performed lifesaving deeds while supporting the local lifesaving programs and emergency services.

The Heroes Breakfast hosted a “Fund-A-Need” fundraiser and over $10,000 was raised. In total, the event raised more than $40,000 for local programs and services. More than 300 people were in attendance.

Congratulations once again to our 2013 Santa Cruz County Heroes!

  • Animal Rescue: Lynne Achterberg
  • Education: Stephanie Raugust
  • Good Samaritan: Kevin Koch
  • Law Enforcement: Patrick Dimick
  • Lifetime Achievement: Chuck and Susan Hawley
  • Medical Professionals: Matt Ryan, Scott Vahradian, and Greg Vandervoort
  • Military Hero: Tony Rojas
  • Rescue Professional: Anna Kiff
  • Workplace Hero: David Kwan
  • Youth Heroes: Autumn and Simone Bushard
  • Eleanor Wasson Lifetime Volunteer: Milt Entwistle
  • A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors: Wells Fargo, Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz County, Dignity Health Medical Group Dominican, and Dominican Hospital, Media Sponsors: 105.1 K-Ocean, 92.7 KTOM, KSCO AM 1080, 102.5 KDON, KSBW Channel 8, Central Coast ABC, Santa Cruz Sentinel, and Joyce Anderson Productions and Table Sponsors: Granite, Santa Cruz County Bank, Fox, Jeffree Lee, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Additional thanks to our Red Cross Supporters: Rowland and Pat Rebele and Thompson, Kontz, Brenner and Carter, Attorneys at Law; and Red Cross Advocates: Cartwright, Scruggs, Fulton and Walther, Attorneys at Law and Pajarosa Floral. This event would not have been made possible without your kind support and contributions.

    About the American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter

    The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Cruz County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at www.sccredcross.org or call us at 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.