Hometown Heroes Encore

Honoring our Hometown Heroes of the past 12 years

Tickets for the benefit concert portion of the evening are available by clicking the button link on the left.

The American Red Cross of West Michigan is proud to announce the 2018 Hometown Heroes Encore on April 10, 2018, at a new and exciting venue, 20 Monroe Live. Don’t miss the most talked about event in Grand Rapids this year! Hometown Heroes Encore will mark the end of the heroes’ event format. Going forward in 2019 we will be hosting a totally different type of fundraiser. As we transition to this new event we want to do one last recognition of our heroes, an Encore of sorts, to honor our past heroes in one night. The event will highlight the collective community impact of all our past Hometown Heroes. In addition to dinner and a program, the evening will offer a live auction and a concert by local band, The Accidentals.

We invite you to support the American Red Cross, the most trusted and respected humanitarian organization in the world, and consider sponsoring the 2018 benefit. Your investment helps to ensure that the American Red Cross is always there in times of need. We rely on people like you to help us fulfill our life-saving mission every day. Please join us as we recognize distinguished community heroes who are past recipients of Hometown Heroes Awards, and provide community leaders with a fun opportunity to become better acquainted with the work of the American Red Cross and its impact in the West Michigan community.

For sponsorship information please call Eva Alexander at 616-456-8661 x8999 or email at eva.alexander@redcross.org.

The Accidentals

Named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017,” The Accidentals’ adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI, when Katie Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Savannah Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a high school orchestra event. The gifted young musicians became fast friends and before long, bandmates. Having both grown up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalists for mothers, their shared influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.

The Heroes

  • Jacqueline Taylor, Ph.D.
  • Anthony Chang, Ph.D.
  • Consumers Energy
  • Christy Buck
  • Bing Goei
  • Mary Dailey Brown
  • Lani Forbes
  • Tim Lipan
  • Bates Footwear
  • Kate Pew Wolters
  • Frederick Bw'Ombongi
  • Sister Carmen Rostar, O.P.
  • Sylvia Daining
  • Jonathan Logan
  • Judge Sara J. Smolenski
  • Jamie Hamming
  • Jamie R. Mills
  • Don Lubbers
  • The Right Place
  • Spectrum Health Aero Med
  • Kate Cragwall
  • Shelly Loose
  • Lt. Colonel John & Mrs. Nancy Colburn
  • Michelle Bottrall
  • The Late Ralph Hauenstein
  • Christina Keller
  • Judge Patricia Gardner
  • Fire Chief Laura Knapp (Ret. 2015)
  • Van Andel Institute
  • Duane Rotman
  • Vicki Cech
  • Jeff Vandenberg
  • GRPD Negotiations Team
  • Dr. Thomas Alguire
  • David & Carol VanAndel
  • Shawn Harmon
  • Chad McKersie
  • Todd Wuis
  • Jim & Lee Wood
  • Paul Ryan
  • Mark House
  • The Late Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers
  • Diet Eman
  • Life EMS Ambulance
  • Jennifer and Vernon Goss
  • Walter Catton
  • Joan VanZee
  • Nathan Seese
  • Dave Grube
  • Rick Teitsma
  • Sr. Mary Aquinas Weber
  • Kenneth Jamerson
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kozminski
  • Miya Peyregne
  • Tiffany Peyregne
  • Mr. & Mrs. Peter F. Secchia
  • Craig VanEss
  • Terry Boer
  • James Baumgardner
  • Michael Burri
  • JoAnne Burri
  • Richard Ford
  • Mary Gill-Thorton
  • Marilyn King
  • Harvey E. Lemmen
  • Terrilynn L. Lymburne
  • Michael Mann
  • Roger L. Martin
  • Dorothy Sewe
  • Victor Bennett
  • Steve Westphal
  • Larry Walt
  • Alan Abraham
  • Bonnie Robert
  • Debbie Jones, Chapter DAT Team
  • The Wooten Family
  • The Corner Bar
  • Upcoming Local Events