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Red Cross Announces 2015 Real Heroes Breakfast Honorees

Santa Cruz, CA - The American Red Cross of the Central Coast will be honoring the courageous acts of inspirational members of the community at the 2015 Central Coast Heroes Breakfast on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8 a.m. at the hisoric Cocoanut Grove, on the shore of beautiful Monterey Bay and adjacent to the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The annual Red Cross Central Coast Heroes Breakfast recognizes acts of heroism by local residents and pays tribute to those who have performed lifesaving deeds while supporting the programs and emergency services provided by your local Red Cross.

The 2015 Central Coast Hero Award recipients were selected by a committee of local community leaders. Awardees were chosen because they upheld the values of the Red Cross and left a lasting and positive impact on the residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. The following is a snapshot of the heroes to be honored at the event:

Animal Hero: Lynn Hummer of Watsonville

  • Lynn Hummer, Founder of the Pregnant Mare Rescue works day in and day out to save horses from neglect, abuse or even death by fundraising efforts for providing care, coordinating adoptions, educating the public, and for her lifetime policy called “An Umbrella of Protection."
  • Corporate Hero: Santa Cruz Seaside Company

  • Under the direction of Charles Canfield, Santa Cruz Seaside Company (SCSC) and its various entities of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Cocoanut Grove, and Boardwalk Bowl for generously contributing toward a wide cross section of nonprofit organizations and schools in Santa Cruz County such as Familia Center, Second Harvest, Salvation Army, Hospice, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, and Jacob's Heart each year through cash donations, in-kind contributions, and through special events.
  • Education Hero: Cece Pinheiro of Santa Cruz

  • Cece Pinheiro, executive director of the Special Parents Information Network (SPIN), a nonprofit organization that provides support and training for families of special needs children, has dedicated her career to improving educational practices with a goal of helping “all” students work at grade level and prepare for college.
  • Good Samaritan Hero: Nathaniel Reynolds from Claremont

  • Nathan Reynolds did not hesitate to put himself in harm's way to rescue a grandmother and a 9-year-old child from drowning in a vehicle submerged in the river after it accidentally left the road way.
  • Law Enforcement Hero: Capitola Police Officer Brantly Sandretti of Santa Cruz

  • Newly hired Capitola Officer Brantly Sandretti made quick decisions and was able to save two lives within one week in the process by performing CPR when he arrived to separate incidents before medical crews.
  • Lifetime Achievement Hero: Rowland and Pat Rebele of Aptos

  • Pat and Rowland Rebele have provided a lifetime of their knowledge, money and spirit to our community over the years as active volunteers, leaders and financial supporters of many charitable and arts institutions that include the Red Cross, Homeless Services Center, Battered Women’s Assistance, Cancer Society, Santa Cruz Symphony, and UCSC Institute of the Arts and Sciences.
  • Medical Professional Hero: Lety Rubalcava of Salinas

  • Labor and Delivery nurse Lety Rubalcava took charge in assisting with the delivery of a premature baby in less than ideal conditions in a Wal-Mart restroom before the arrival of medical crews.
  • Military Hero: John Wagner of Salinas

  • John Wagner, veteran, Marine reservist and co-founder of Semper Fresh Farms has dedicated himself to providing vocational training through agriculture, Monterey's number one industry, by giving back to fellow veterans.
  • Rescue Professional Hero: Seaside Firefighter Chris Marsiguerra of Seaside

  • Seaside Firefighter Chris Marsiquerra went beyond the call of duty when he rescued a resistant mother from the second story window of a fully involved apartment fire. The mother mistakenly believed that her daughter was still in the burning building.
  • Workplace Hero: Tony Alvarez and Marco Hernandez of Salinas

  • Tony Alvarez and Marco Hernandez were on their way home from a long 16-hour day on a stormy night when they made the fateful decision to travel on a road that had been closed when they came upon an overturned vehicle with a trapped elderly man that they helped rescue.
  • Youth Hero: Felicia Davidson of Watsonville

  • Pajaro Valley High School senior Felicia Davidson has made tremendous accomplishments by volunteering with numerous organizations has been instrumental in recruiting many of her peers in projects that she has organized like the annual "Kidrageous Carnival" that was named "Event of the Year" by the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Eleanor Wasson Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Hero: Craig Veteran of Aptos

  • Craig Veteran helps to improve the lives of those in the community by countless hours and a lifetime of volunteerism with numerous organizations like the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary, Elks, Native Sons of the Golden West, Surf City Kiwanis, the Salvation Army and the SPCA; demonstrating humility and kindness.
  • The event sponsors include Dominican Hospital, Dignity Health Medical Group, Physicians Medical Group, Granite, Palo Alto Medical Foundation-Sutter, Salinas Valley Medical Healthcare, First Alarm Security Services, PG&E, Bay Federal Credit Union, Blanny Hagenah, De Camara Property Management, Inc, Fox Racing, Seaside Company, and Whiting Foods.

    Master of Ceremonies for the 2015 Heroes Breakfast will be Dale Julin, News Anchor and Producer at KSBW TV-8. Tickets must be purchased in advance by May 8, 2015. Tickets are available at

    About the American Red Cross of the Central Coast

    The American Red Cross of the Central Coast is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from the residents and companies of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties to provide services and programs that help our community prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 831-600-4909. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.