SAN RAFAEL, CA (September 24, 2013) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter will honor recipients of the 2013 Marin County Heroes Awards at the annual Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, October 3, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Rafael. The program recognizes local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness. This year’s honorees include the following Marin County citizens and organizations:
Lifesaving Heroes, Individual: Oliver Hawkes and Ernie Bates,
Public Safety Heroes: Captain Graham Groneman, Marin County Fire Department; Robert Custer, U.S. Coast Guard; Pilot Paul Bradley and Deputy Sheriff Debbie Little, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department
Act of Courage Heroes: Brian Swanson, Lane Rodriguez-Dickens, Collin Rodriguez-Dickens, and Jesse Barnett
Act of Kindness Hero: Reverend Betty Pagett
Community Service Hero, Organization: Marin County Medical Reserve Corps
Community Service, Individual: Carlos Garcia-Bedoya
Animal Rescue Heroes: San Rafael Fire Department, Marin Mounted Sheriff’s Posse Large Animal Rescue Unit, San Rafael Sheriff’s Dept., Marin Humane Society, Dr. James Williams, DVM; and Ad-Lite Crane Co., Matt De La Montanya.
Special Tribute: Joan Capurro
The actions of these Heroes embody the principles and ideals of the Red Cross’ humanitarian mission. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Heroes Breakfast event, please visit: redcross.org/MarinHeroes or call the Marin Heroes Breakfast Chairperson, Carol Freedman, at 415-721-2380 to request tickets.
More Information about the Breakfast:
The Marin County Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, October 3, will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with registration at 7:30 a.m. Local ABC News anchor Cheryl Jennings will Emcee the awards program.
Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased at: redcross.org/MarinHeroes or by calling the Event Chairperson, Carol Freedman at 415-721-2380 to request tickets.
It will be at the Embassy Suites, Hotel Ballroom,101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael.
Proceeds benefit disaster relief and readiness efforts throughout the Bay Area.
Sponsors of the 2013 Marin County Heroes Breakfast include: Kaiser Permanente, Marin Independent Journal and Bank of Marin.
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 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 redcross.org/bayarea. All proceeds from the events support the disaster preparedness 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 redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.