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Hometown Heroes Celebration Raises $175,500 for American Red Cross of West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 6, 2014 The American Red Cross of West Michigan would like to thank the community members, organizations, and businesses that celebrated local heroes and the Red Cross at the 8th annual Hometown Heroes Celebration.


More than 425 people attended the May 1 event, which raised more than $175,500 thanks to support from corporate partners and the community. All of the proceeds will go towards continuing services provided by the American Red Cross of West Michigan.


“The Red Cross is so grateful to be part of a community where helping each other is a core value of its people,” said Sam Tidwell, Regional CEO of the Red Cross of West Michigan. “We were proud to recognize the heroic service of our award winners and we are thankful for the individuals and businesses who generously gave during this celebration. The Red Cross is truly a community organization made up of friends and neighbors who willingly give of their time, blood, and money. We are so pleased to see the community come together and support this great cause.”


Recognized community heroes included:


  • Jamie R. Mills, Clara Barton Humanitarian of the Year Award
  • Lt. Col. John & Mrs. Nancy Colburn, General George Marshall Patriot Award
  • Kate Cragwall, Dr. Charles Drew Health Advocate Award
  • Dr. Arend Lubbers, Henry Dunant Global Impact Award
  • The Right Place, Caroline Campbell Community Impact Award
  • Spectrum Health Aero Med Team, Jane Delano Lifesaver Award
  • Shelly Loose, Mabel Boardman Spirit of Volunteerism Award


The Red Cross of West Michigan would like to thank Hometown Hero Award Sponsors including: Farmers Insurance, Life EMS, the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation, and the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.


For more information on how to donate funds or blood, get trained in lifesaving skills or become a volunteer with the American Red Cross, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.


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 @RedCross.