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American Red Cross Seeks Real Heroes

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Aug. 6, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Central New York is seeking nominations for its 16th annual Real Heroes Breakfast, which will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Oncenter in Syracuse.

The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing residents from Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Oswego counties who have performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations. Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast benefit the American Red Cross of Central New York, which covers those counties and provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

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

“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 a real hero in your community,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Central New York Region. “Please take a few minutes to fill out the nomination form so we can consider them for a Real Heroes award.”

To nominate a Real Hero from Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison or Oswego County, visit Nominations must be received by Aug. 31.

There are several Real Heroes Breakfast sponsorship opportunities available, and individuals or businesses that want to get involved as sponsors should visit or contact Judy Pollman, Chief Development Officer, at 315-234-2216 or