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Central Coast Chapter raises approximately $57,000 at annual Heroes Breakfast

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CARMEL, CA (June 29, 2017) – More than 200 community members, business leaders, and guests joined the American Red Cross of the Central Coast at an event this month to honor 11 inspirational community members for their selfless acts of courage. The 12th annual Heroes Breakfast, which took place on June 16, 2017 at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, also raised approximately $57,000 to benefit the programs and services of the American Red Cross.

The event sponsors included Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, Dignity Health Medical Group-Dominican, Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz, Carl's Jr., Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Blanny Hagenah, Kendall-Jackson Family Wines, Radiology Medical Group of Santa Cruz County, and Thomson Alliance.

“We are very appreciative of the amazing support we received from the sponsors and the many individuals who attended this year's Heroes Breakfast,” said Michele Averill, CEO for the Central Coast Chapter, serving Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. “Because of their generosity, the Red Cross is there when we are needed most by the people who live in our three local counties."

The Heroes Breakfast is a signature event for the local Red Cross chapter. It benefits the numerous lifesaving programs and services the chapter provides, including responding to local disasters, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life, and assisting military members and their families.

The 11 honorees, nominated for the Hero Awards by members of the general public, were selected by a committee of local community leaders who considered the degree to which their heroic actions benefited their communities and upheld the values of the American Red Cross. The following individuals were honored at this year’s banquet:

  • Animal Rescue Hero: Rosanna Leighton – Seaside
  • Disaster Services Hero: Sarah Blackstone – Monterey
  • Education Hero: Willie Stokes – San Juan Bautista
  • Environmental Heroes: Alex Weber and Jack Johnston – Carmel
  • First Responder Hero: Kraig Evans – Santa Cruz
  • Good Samaritan Hero - Adult: Michael Dremel – Seaside
  • Good Samaritan Hero - Youth: Reese Selck – Watsonville
  • International Services Hero: Jon Winston – Santa Cruz                
  • Medical Hero: Dr. Larry deGhetaldi – Soquel
  • Service to the Armed Forces Hero: Lisa Tkoch-McFarland – Felton
  • Their stories are described here.


    About American Red Cross of the Central Coast:

    With offices in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties, the American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit our web site at or call us at 831-624-6921. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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