The American Red Cross is accepting nominations for their 2017 Heroes Awards honoring Minnesotans who through their courage and compassion made significant, positive differences in their communities, exemplifying the humanitarian mission of the organization.
“Everyone knows a hero deserving of recognition,” said Phil Hansen, CEO of the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. “Whether they save lives or go out of their way to share kindness, our local heroes inspire the humanitarian in all of us.”
Community heroes will be recognized in six categories:
Community Hero: Presented to an individual who displays leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive and significant impact.
Give Life Hero: Presented to an individual whose commitment to blood and platelet donation plays a significant role in ensuring the health of patients in our local communities and throughout the country.
Good Samaritan Hero: Presented to an individual who displays courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.
First Responder Hero: Presented to an individual or group of the public service community, such as EMS, firefighter or law enforcement) who went above and beyond the call of duty.
Military Hero: Presented to an active, reserve or retired member of the U.S. Armed Forces of ROTC or civilian that has made a significant impact on the military community.
Youth Good Samaritan Hero (under 21): Presented to an outstanding young person who displays courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.
Heroes will be honored at the American Red Cross Minnesota Region’s 2017 Heroes Awards and Centennial Gala on Friday, May 19, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Presented by Land O’Lakes Inc., the inspirational event will celebrate local heroes and 100 years of neighbors helping neighbors through the American Red Cross in Minnesota. Centennial partners includes 3M, The Goodman Group, Land O’Lakes Inc., Medtronic Foundation, St. Jude Medical and US Bank.
Nominations may be made at redcross.org/mnheroes. Heroic acts and events must have occurred in 2016 to be eligible for 2017 awards. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2016. For more information about nominations or attending the event, please contact Jacqueline Michaud at (612) 872-3241, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories of previous Heroes Awards winners may be viewed here.