The American Red Cross of Northern New York will honor 17 Northern New Yorkers for their heroic actions during the past year at the Real Heroes Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown.
The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing people from throughout Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties who performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations. Among this year’s honorees: A Spanish teacher and mother of three who donated one of her kidneys to a former student; a woman who performed CPR on her 5-year-old son; and a 13-year-old girl who saved her 2-year-old cousin from drowning.
The Red Cross had not hosted a Real Heroes Breakfast in Northern New York for more than 10 years before Jane Gendron, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of Northern New York, brought it back last year. The 2013 event sold out at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown, prompting this year’s move to a larger venue at Samaritan Summit Village.
Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast benefit the Red Cross, which provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Working families in Northern New York require almost daily emergency assistance because of home fires and other disasters, and in the fiscal year that ended June 30 the Red Cross provided more than $86,000 to 284 people from 90 families impacted by disasters in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.
More recently, the American Red Cross responded following the ice storm that left about 30,000 people in Northern New York without power. The Red Cross opened shelters in Norwood, Watertown and Harrisville; deployed 29 volunteers and eight staff members to transport supplies, provide mental health counseling and perform other tasks; and provided blankets, cots, personal hygiene items and hot meals to fire departments and other organizations for their shelters.
Read about the 2014 Real Heroes Breakfast awards and honorees.