California Northwest Real Heroes Breakfast

Heroes Nomination - California Northwest

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, 350 community members, business leaders, and guests joined the American Red Cross of the California Northwest in honoring 15 inspirational community members for their selfless acts of courage at its 14th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast. The event took place at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa, CA and raised $138,000 to benefit the American Red Cross.

The Real Heroes Breakfast is a signature event for the local Red Cross chapter, in benefit of the numerous lifesaving programs and services the chapter provides in support of nearly 1 million people in that area. After careful consideration, a committee of local community leaders selected the 2017 California Northwest Red Cross Hero Award recipients based on the degree to which their heroic actions have benefited their communities and upheld the values of the American Red Cross. The following individuals were honored at this year’s banquet:

  • Act of Courage: Jose Martin
  • Animal: Shirley Zindler
  • Education: Lee Morgan Brown
  • Environment: Alden Olmsted
  • Humanitarian Adult: Jeff Gilman
  • Humanitarian Youth: Brice Marcuz, Jack Marcuz, Gunter Kison
  • Law Enforcement: Jason Bahlman, Matthew Barawed, Daniel Russo, Daniel Mitchell
  • Medical: Erin Morales
  • Military: Akash Kalia
  • Rescue Professional: Aaron Pendergraft
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