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Local Red Cross Seeks Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast

Calling All Heroes: Local Red Cross Seeks Public’s Nominations for Annual Awards 

16th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast to be held Oct. 12 aboard U.S.S. Midway Museum 

SAN DIEGO – June 26, 2018 – Do you know an “ordinary” person with extraordinary courage? Someone who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in their community? If you know a local hero, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties asks you to nominate them for the 16th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast. 

“Not all heroes wear capes; in fact, we're surrounded by unsung heroes every day. Perhaps you know a family member, colleague, neighbor or friend who has performed a selfless act of bravery or humanitarian service. We want to recognize ordinary people with extraordinary courage right here in our communities,” said Sean Mahoney, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “We are seeking nominations from the public to locate and honor the many deserving heroes among us.” 

The annual Red Cross Real Heroes Awards Breakfast honors those making an impact through their brave and compassionate actions, demonstrating a true commitment to creating safer, stronger communities. Since the event’s inception, over 100 heroes have been honored. Watch the inspirational stories of previous honorees at

This year, honorees will be celebrated across nine categories: adult, animal welfare, community leader, community partner, fire and rescue, humanitarian, law enforcement, military and youth. For complete category descriptions, visit

Heroes are nominated by the public and are chosen by an awards selection committee comprised of local community leaders and event sponsors. Honorees are then selected based on the degree to which their actions uphold the values of the Red Cross humanitarian mission, and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of the community. 

This year’s Real Heroes award recipients will be honored at the event on Friday, October 12, 2018, aboard the U.S.S. Midway Museum. 

How to Nominate a Hero 

Submit your nomination form by July 31, 2018 via the avenue easiest for you: 

- Submit a nomination online or download the nomination form: 

- Submit a nomination via email: 

- Mail: American Red Cross Attn: Real Heroes 3950 Calle Fortunada San Diego, CA 92123 

- Fax: (858) 309-1285 

Join the conversation online, get event updates and share stories about your hero using the hashtag #SDICRealHeroes. Learn more about the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties at

About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties 

The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families, and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. 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, please visit or connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. 

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