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Local Red Cross Raises Over $40,000 at Annual Heroes Breakfast

Photos from the event can be found on our Flickr page

[Santa Cruz – June 3, 2015] Over 200 local business leaders and guests attended the American Red Cross of the Central Coast 2015 Real Heroes Breakfast held at the historic Cocoanut Grove, on the shore of beautiful Monterey Bay and adjacent to the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, on May 13, 2015. Contributions for the 2015 Heroes Breakfast totaled more than $40,000 to benefit the American Red Cross.

“We are very thankful to have such a strong support system from our partner sponsors and the community for the Heroes Breakfast each year to ensure the Red Cross can help our three counties prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies of all kinds,” said Michele Averill, CEO for the Central Coast Chapter, serving Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

The annual event allows the Red Cross to recognize local heroes while raising money to support programs and emergency services the Red Cross provides to support the communities of the three counties within the Central Coast Chapter whether it's responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life, or assisting military members and their families.

During this event, 14 remarkable and brave individuals who have all selflessly performed lifesaving acts or served their community in an extraordinary way were honored.

  • Animal Hero: Lynn Hummer of Watsonville
  • Corporate Hero: Santa Cruz Seaside Company
  • Education Hero: Cece Pinheiro of Santa Cruz
  • Good Samaritan Hero: Nathaniel Reynolds from Claremont
  • Law Enforcement Hero: Capitola Police Officer Brantly Sandretti of Santa Cruz
  • Lifetime Achievement Hero: Rowland and Pat Rebele of Aptos
  • Medical Professional Hero: Lety Rubalcava of Salinas
  • Military Hero: John Wagner of Salinas
  • Rescue Professional Hero: Seaside Firefighter Chris Marsiguerra of Seaside
  • Workplace Hero: Tony Alvarez and Marco Hernandez of Salinas
  • Youth Hero: Felicia Davidson of Watsonville
  • Eleanor Wasson Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Hero: Craig Veteran of Aptos
  • 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, Whiting Foods, Pajarosa Floral, California Giant,, and Cartwright, Scruggs, Fulton and Walther, Attorneys at Law. Master of Ceremonies for the 2015 Heroes Breakfast was Dale Julin, News Anchor and Producer at KSBW TV-8.

    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 Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community to 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 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.