2013 San Mateo County Heroes Breakfast and Call for Nominations

SAN MATEO, CA (February 11, 2013) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is pleased to announce the 2013 San Mateo County Heroes Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the Poplar Creek Grill in San Mateo.

The Bay Area Chapter is currently seeking nominations for the Hero Awards, which recognizes members of the community who have shown courage, dedication, and character through acts of heroism and kindness. These people could be your neighbors, co-workers, friends, or family.

San Mateo County residents are encouraged to nominate a hero for one of the following categories:

  • Lifesaving Hero, Adult: An adult who has performed an extraordinary lifesaving act, using skills such as CPR or first aid.
  • Lifesaving Hero, Youth: A youth who has performed an extraordinary lifesaving act, using skills such as CPR or first aid.
  • Act of Courage Hero: An adult or youth who has performed an extraordinary act of courage.
  • Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero: An adult or youth who has shown an extreme act of kindness or selflessness.
  • Community Service Hero, Individual: An adult or youth who has performed great community service.
  • Community Service Hero, Organization: A business or organization that has performed great community service.
  • Animal Rescue Hero: An animal that has protected a human in a time of need or a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation.
  • A committee of San Mateo County community leaders will select the Heroes Award recipients. All nominees must work or reside in San Mateo County, although the heroic acts may have occurred elsewhere. The heroic act must have occurred in the 12 months prior to the nomination deadline.

    The deadline to submit nominations is March 15, 2013.

    To nominate a hero, purchase tickets to the event or for more details about the event, please visit the San Mateo County Heroes website at www.redcross.org/SMCHeroes. For more information on how to become a sponsor of the Heroes Breakfast, please contact Rachelle Ungaretti directly at Rachelle.Ungaretti@redcross.org.

    About the Heroes Awards Program

    People in the Bay Area make a difference in the lives of others in their communities every day. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and civic leaders from six counties in the Bay Area are joining together to celebrate everyday heroism, recognizing those individuals and organizations whose extraordinary acts of kindness and courage make them heroes. American Red Cross chapters around the country hold events in their communities to recognize acts of heroism by local residents and pay tribute to those who have performed lifesaving acts. Each year, nearly 900 people attend events in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano Counties to honor local heroes. For more information about the events and corporate sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.heroesredcrossbayarea.org. All proceeds from the events support the disaster readiness and relief efforts of the American Red Cross in the Bay Area.

    About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

    As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.