The Central Kansas American Red Cross has opened up the nomination process for the second annual Heroes Luncheon. The event recognizes the kindness of everyday citizens who perform extraordinary acts of kindness. Citizens within central Kansas are encouraged to nominate a hero and share their story of ordinary people performing extraordinary acts.
The heroes will be honored on June 11th at the Heroes Luncheon located at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center’s Pavilion. At the event, the Heroes and their guests will be honored in front of an audience of approximately 200 community leaders and supporters. Everyone will be treated to lunch and enjoy heartfelt videos produced by Daren Dunn. People are eligible for one of the seven unique Hero categories.
To honor someone, the nominee must live or work within the 14 counties of the Central Kansas American Red Cross.
Nomination forms are also available by request by phoning (620) 662-3336. Self nominations are not permitted.
HOW TO NOMINATE A HERO
1. The Hero nominee must live or work in, or the Heroic act must have occurred in the following Kansas counties: Reno, Rice, Barton, Kingman, Harper, Barber, Pratt, Stafford, Rush, Pawnee, Edwards, Kiowa & Comanche.
2. If the act of kindness, courage or compassion does not represent an ongoing commitment to the community (one year or more) then it should have occurred on or after January 1, 2011. Other nominees will be considered, but events occuring within this timeframe will be preferred.
3. Nominations involving a single incident and nominations involving an on-going committment to their community are equal in significance and one is not preferred over the other.
4. A Hero who impacted 500 people is not necessarily a better choice than a Hero who impacted one individual.
5. Stories that directly relate back to the Red Cross make a bigger impact on the audience than those stories that do not.
6. There is a preference for stories with a local angle rather than a national or an international angle.
7. There will be no tie decisions. One nomination is to be chosen per category.
8. Witnesses should be available for every story. Stories with more witnesses and/or people to participate in the video usually better represent the story and make a more compelling ask.
9. Based on other chapter's donor and audience feedback, a rescue or story that involves the death of a Hero, victim or witness does not detract from the impact of the story or the ability to tell the story at the event as long as there are other witnesses or family willing to tell the story and attend the event.
10. Nominees can be placed in more than one category or moved to a different category at the discretion of the Committee and during deliberation.
11. Red Cross staff will record the first and second Hero chosen in each category. If new information affecting the validity of the nomination, or of the ability of the Hero to film the video comes to light after the recipents have been selected , the Selection Committee's second choice will be used.
12. Slate of final nominees should reflect the diversity goals of the Red Cross.
Ad Astra Per Aspera Broadcasting Youth Good Samaritan Hero: Presented to an outstanding young person who displayed courage and care upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.
Hutchinson Regional HealthCare System Armed Forces Hero: Presented to an active, reserve or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC who acted above and beyond the call of duty.
Cargill Good Samaritan Hero: Presented to an outstanding individual who displayed courage and care upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.
Mennonite Friendship Communities Senior Citizen Hero: Presented to someone over the age of 55 who has made a difference in their community through volunteerism, or performing an unexpected extraordinary act of kindness.
Data Center Inc., Law Enforcement Hero: Presented to a law enforcement officer who, in performing his or her job, acted above and beyond the call of duty.
Pipeline Testing Consortium, Inc., Firefighter/EMS Hero: Presented to a firefighter/EMS professional who, in performing his or her job, acted above and beyond the call of duty.
Give Life Hero: Presented to an individual whose commitment to blood and platelet donation played a significant role in ensuring the health of patients in our communities and throughout the country.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples.
Impartiality: The Movement does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or politcal opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of indivivuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
Neutrality: In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
Independence: The Movement is independent. The National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always mantain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.
Voluntary Service: Red Cross is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
Unity: There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
Universality: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilitites and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.