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Red Cross Seeks Nominations for Annual Heroes in the Heartland

Nominate Your HERO for 2013 Heroes in the Heartland Award

The American Red Cross is seeking nominations for the 2013 Heroes in the Heartland Awards Luncheon. The event honors individuals who have saved a life or otherwise positively impacted their community during the past year. The Red Cross is also pleased to announce Julie Mowat as the 2013 Heroes Event Chair and Sandy and Dave Parker as the 2013 Honorary Chairs.

“For the thirteenth year, we invite the public to nominate ordinary people performing extraordinary acts,” said Tina Labellarte, Nebraska/SW Iowa Region Executive. “Heroes walk among us everyday—the people who put others above themselves—and it’s our pleasure to recognize them each March during Red Cross Month.”

Awards will be given in the following categories:

Lifetime Hero - presented to an individual who inspire others by their example. This individual has overcome hardship, risen above challenges, or dedicated their life to serving others.

Good Samaritan - presented to an individual who is considered a hero because of their unselfish devotion and concern for the welfare of others.

Call to Action - presented to an individual who by circumstances beyond their control found themselves in a challenging situation and demonstrated extraordinary courage.

Commitment to Community - presented to an individual, couple, group or organization that has made a tremendous impact on the community through their volunteerism, philanthropy, service to others, or example.

Disaster Relief - presented to an individual or organization who has served an important role in disaster relief in our community.

Public Servant Hero - presented to an individual who in the line of duty (police, fire, military, medical, etc.) went above and beyond the call.

Heroes from these and other categories will be considered for the event.

Residents in the following counties are eligible for the Award: Boone, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Colfax, Crawford (Iowa), Cuming, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fremont (Iowa), Harrison (Iowa), Knox, Madison, Mills (Iowa), Montgomery (Iowa), Nance, Page (Iowa), Pierce, Platte, Polk, Pottawattamie (Iowa), Sarpy, Saunders, Shelby (Iowa), Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne counties.

Nominations must be returned to the Heartland Chapter, 2912 South 80th Ave., Omaha, NE 68124, or faxed to (402) 343-7777 by October 21, 2012. The awards will be presented at a lunch Wednesday, March 13th at 11:45 a.m. at Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. The Heroes in the Heartland event benefits the almost two million people in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa who rely upon their local Red Cross chapters to provide valuable services every day.

All qualifying Heroes in the Heartland Nominations will also be considered for recognition during the 2012 Heroes Game presented by Hy-Vee on November 23, 2012.

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 or join our blog at