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American Red Cross Honors CNY Real Heroes Wednesday

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Dec. 2, 2014) - The American Red Cross of Central New York will honor 13 Central New Yorkers for their heroic actions during the past year at its 16th annual Real Heroes Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 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 people from throughout Central New York who have performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations. From a 5-year-old Auburn girl who saved her mother’s life by calling 9-1-1 to the truck driver in the National Guard who orchestrated the dramatic Thruway rescue last December, each of this year’s honorees is directly responsible for saving a life – or multiple lives.

For a complete list of heroes with a description of why they’re being honored, visit

Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast benefit the Red Cross, which provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Working families in Central New York require almost daily emergency assistance because of home fires and other disasters, and in the fiscal year that ended June 30 the Red Cross provided about $160,000 in direct cash assistance, plus additional shelter and basic needs, to 860 people from 301 families who were displaced from their homes by disasters in Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Oswego counties.

More recently, the Central New York Chapter responded to 18 home fires from Nov. 1-30 and assisted 95 people from 31 families with nearly $20,000 in direct case assistance.

Award Sponsors for this year’s Real Heroes Breakfast are Bristol-Myers Squibb, Community Bank  N.A., Crouse Hospital, Dunkin’ Donuts, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Kinney Drugs Foundation, Lockheed Martin, M&T Bank, NBT Bank, SEFCU, Sports PT,  St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Wegmans and Upstate Medical University.

2014 Real Heroes Breakfast

When/Where: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse

Tickets: A limited number remains. Call 315-521-0084 or email by 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Parking: Free for attendees at either Oncenter garage or street-level parking lot.