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Red Cross to Honor Community Heroes April 29 in Stamford

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This year’s honorees are inspiring for their willingness to help.

Honorees Come from across the State of Connecticut

The 17th annual American Red Cross Connecticut Heroes Breakfast is set for April 29 in Stamford. The breakfast will be held at the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa, 243 Tresser Boulevard. WTHN Good Morning Connecticut co-anchor Laura Hutchinson will serve as Emcee.

The honorees represent individuals and organizations that have made a life-saving or life-changing difference in their communities.

“We are looking forward to once again honoring Connecticut’s Heroes,” said Mario Bruno, CEO American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “This year’s honorees are inspiring for their willingness to help and for their impact on the lives of others. The people and organizations we are honoring do extraordinary things. They represent the best in the human spirit and reflect the Red Cross ideal of helping others.”

This year’s honorees are: 

Community Resilience Hero Award: The City of Milford, for their long-term recovery following Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.

Life Saving Hero Award: Jovany Roman for performing CPR and saving the life of a man while on the job.

•Military Hero Award: The United States Coast Guard, for their coordinated rescue of two mariners from the ice-cold waters of Long Island Sound

Spirit of the Red Cross Hero Award: Mark and MaryGrace Gudis and Mike Daglio, president of Norwalk Hospital, for purchasing and placing 100 AEDs in their local community.

•Water Safety Hero Award: Plainville Lifeguards for their continued diligence and teamwork to keep swimmers safe at the town pool.

•Workplace Hero Award: Bridgewater Associates for its commitment to supporting American Red Cross as well as its outstanding philanthropic and volunteer commitment to communities across Connecticut.

“The Red Cross mission, at its core, is about alleviating human suffering,” said Bruno. “These heroes have helped to improve lives of individuals and have helped to build stronger, safer, more resilient communities. Their work helping neighbors is heroic and they deserve recognition.”

The Statewide Leadership Sponsor is Wells Fargo. WTNH Good Morning Connecticut co-anchor Laura Hutchinson will serve as Emcee. Registration. and breakfast begin  at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets online, visit For more information about the event or to reserve tickets contact Libby Richardson at (860) 678-4310 or  

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 visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.