Ventura County heroes were honored for their bravery and heroism at the First Annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast held on April 23 at the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo. More than 200 guests joined in celebrating the generous and selfless acts of 16 local heroes at the breakfast event which was presented by Dole.
“Each one of our heroes celebrated embodies the spirit of the Red Cross mission. We are honored to share their stories – stories that truly capture the heart of public service and the belief that we are capable of sacrificing everything for someone we’ve never met,” said Jim McGee, CEO of the Red Cross, serving Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
The 2013 award recipients included:
The event opened with comments by Reza Razzaghipour, Wells Fargo community bank regional president for the Pacific Coast. Wells Fargo is an Annual Disaster Giving Program partner with the Red Cross and annually supports our efforts to disaster response. “Wells Fargo helps our communities grow and prosper in many ways, and our involvement extends far beyond just being a financial service provider, it also involves working closely with organizations like the America Red Cross here in Ventura County, to create more resilient communities that are better equipped to help each other prevent, prepare for, and respond to life-threatening disasters,” said Razzaghipour.
Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast will assist the Red Cross in providing emergency assistance to Ventura County families affected by disasters, aid members of the Armed Forces and their families and help provide critical community preparedness education.
The event was sponsored by area businesses including Dole, Wells Fargo, Carl’s Jr., Edison International, Farmers Insurance, the Ventura County Star, Dignity Health, C-Suite Media, California Lutheran University, Pacific Coast Business Times, American Medical Response, Abbyson Living, Barkley Insurance & Risk Management, Dr. and Mrs. Vinod Gupta, rgroup and Vintage Production LLC.