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Red Cross Seeks Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast Awards

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (Jan. 30, 2015) — The American Red Cross of the Southern Tier is seeking nominations for its Sixth Annual Real Heroes Breakfast, which will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at The McKinley at Huron Campus, Endicott.

The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing residents from Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties who in the past year have performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations. Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast support Red Cross lifesaving services such as disaster response, preparedness education, and service to members of our Armed Forces.

The Real Heroes Breakfast honors residents in 12 award categories: Adult Good Samaritan, Animal Rescue, Blood Donor, Education, Fire Rescue, Good Neighbor, Law Enforcement, Lifeline/9-1-1, Medical, Military, Workplace Safety and Youth Good Samaritan.

“Whether it’s a first responder who acted bravely in a life-threatening situation, or your next-door neighbor who donates blood on a regular basis, you may know ‘Real Heroes’ in our community,” said Shelley Bierwiler, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter. “Please take a few minutes to fill out the nomination form so we can honor them.”

To nominate a Real Hero from Broome, Chenango or Tioga County, visit redcross.org/southerntier for the Real Heroes Breakfast story under “Latest News.” That story includes a link to an online nomination form. It also includes a link to a nomination form that you can print and mail to the American Red Cross, c/o Susie Chadwick, 620 E. Main St., Endicott, 13760; fax to (607) 785-7216; or email to susie.chadwick@redcross.org.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 20.

Sponsors that have already pledged their support for the 2015 Southern Tier Real Heroes Breakfast include Greater Binghamton Airport, Lockheed Martin, New York Central Mutual Insurance, NYSEG Corp., Press & Sun-Bulletin, and Raymond Corp.

There are several other award sponsorship opportunities available, and individuals or businesses that want to get involved as sponsors should contact Carlos McCluskey, Major Gifts Officer, at (607) 220-9713 or carlos.mccluskey@redcross.org. Visit the website at redcross.org/southerntier for more sponsorship information.
                                                         
About the American Red Cross    

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, please visit redcross.org/southerntier or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/SouthernTierRedCross and Twitter @OneRedCrossCNY.