Central Illinois is full of unsung heroes.
The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. When we do this, we not only change lives and save lives, but we also help make heroes.
The people who carry out our mission are heroes to those they touch. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to make others’ lives better. The Heartland Heroes Dinner was born out of our desire to recognize such people right here at home — in Peoria, Tazewell, Fulton, Schuyler, Marshall, Mason, Stark and Woodford counties — and to inspire others with their stories.
In 2003, the Red Cross held its first Heartland Heroes event. Gen. Wayne A. Downing of Peoria was our speaker, and he motivated us all with his patriotism. Since then, the event has grown into a marquee dinner where more than 600 people gather to honor local heroes.
Your local Red Cross knows it’s important to recognize people whose commitment and courage make a difference. That’s why, every year, we honor those who stand out in a crowd at our Heartland Heroes Dinner.
Please join us for this special evening at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Saturday, May 4, 2013 ~ Reception – 5:30pm and Program/Dinner – 6:30pm.
Our keynote speaker this year will be U.S. Olympian and Dancing with the Stars competitor, Apolo Anton Ohno.