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2017 Heroes Awards Winners Announced

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These heroes join hundreds more who, for more than a century, have helped people across our state.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., April 28, 2017 — The American Red Cross Minnesota Region has announced its 2017 Heroes Awards recipients, whose extraordinary actions exemplify the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. The heroes will be recognized at the 100 years of Red Cross service in Minnesota celebration at U.S. Bank Stadium on May 19.

“This year in Minnesota we reach a landmark in fulfilling the Red Cross mission to alleviate human suffering,” said Phil Hansen, CEO of the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. “These heroes join hundreds more who, for more than a century, have helped people in need across our state.”

2017 Heroes:
Community Hero: Mohamed Ahmed, Burnsville
First Responder Hero: Julia Weegman, Stillwater
Give Life Hero: Gordy Kircher, St. Paul
Good Samaritan Hero: Mikael Tekeste, St. Paul
Military Hero: David Winkler, Newport
Youth Good Samaritan Hero: John Marcella and Beau Foix, Virginia 

The 9th Annual Heroes Awards and Centennial Celebration will take place on Friday, May 19, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Tickets and table sponsorships are available online at or by calling (612) 872-3241.

Thank you to our 2017 Heroes Awards and Centennial Celebration sponsors, including presenting sponsor Land O’Lakes, Inc., matching gift sponsors Deluxe Corporation Foundation and General Mills, and hero award sponsors Abbott, Anime Twin Cities, CenterPoint Energy, Medica Foundation, Smiths Medical, and UnitedHealthcare. Thank you to centennial gala sponsor Allina Health, VIP reception sponsor Enbridge Energy, vignette sponsor Patterson Companies, Inc., hero alumni sponsor Bituminous Roadways, Inc., and centennial next century sponsors 3M, Abbott, Land O’Lakes, Inc., Medtronic Foundation, Target, and U.S. Bank. Thank you to the heart of Red Cross sponsor Deluxe Corporation Foundation. Thank you to Red Cross champion sponsors Cargill, General Mills, Mortenson and Polaris, and Red Cross lifesaver sponsors Ames Construction, Inc., Best Buy and Fastenal.  

About the American Red Cross
Each year the American Red Cross responds to more than 64,000 disasters, mostly home fires. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; 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 humanitarian mission. The Minnesota Region serves 5.2 million people across Minnesota and part of western Wisconsin with offices in Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Cloud. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross Minnesota Region. Follow us on Twitter: @mnredcross.