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Nominate a Local Hero to Be Honored at the Red Cross 2016 Central Coast Heroes Breakfast

SANTA CRUZ, CA (January 8, 2016) – The American Red Cross of the Central Coast is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 Central Coast Hero Awards, which recognizes members of the local 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.  Extraordinary acts of heroism occur in our community every day. Help us identify our local community heroes by completing our online nomination form below and spread the word!

The community is encouraged to nominate a hero at redcross.org/CCHeroes2016 for one of the following categories:

• Act of Courage Hero

• Animal Rescue Hero

• Education Hero

• Environmental Hero

• Humanitarian Youth Hero

• Law Enforcement Hero

• Medical Professional Hero

• Military Hero

• Rescue Professional Hero

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 26, 2016. Any of these categories can be awarded as a posthumous award. The 2016 Central Coast Hero Award recipients will be selected by a committee of local community leaders based on the degree to which their acts of heroism uphold the values of the American Red Cross and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of the Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

Criteria for Nominations:

• Nominees must work or reside in Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Cruz Counties.

• The heroic act does not need to have occurred in Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Cruz Counties.

• The heroic act must have occurred between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Selected heroes will be honored at the 2016 Central Coast Heroes Breakfast on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Twins Lake Church in Aptos.  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 lifesaving programs and emergency services provided by your local Red Cross Chapter.

Visit redcross.org/CCHeroes2016 for more details on each of the 2016 Hero Award categories as well as the online nomination form, how to purchase tickets, and how to become a sponsor.