Mid Illinois Chapter Heartland Heroes Dinner

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Central Illinois is full of unsung heroes.

The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. When we do this, we not only change lives and save lives, but we also help make heroes.

The people who carry out our mission are heroes to those they touch. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to make others’ lives better. The Heartland Heroes Dinner was born out of our desire to recognize such people right here at home - in Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt & Vermilion counties - and to inspire others with their stories.

Your local Red Cross knows it’s important to recognize people whose commitment and courage make a difference. That’s why, every year, we honor those who stand out in a crowd at our Heartland Heroes Dinner.

We are now seeking nominations for our 2013 heroes. Award Categories Include:

  • Young Courage: A youth under the age of 18 who has shown exceptional bravery, strength or courage.
  • Everyday Hero: A person who acts/acted heroically without thought, personal agenda and/or regard for his/her own safety.
  • Valor: A healthcare, military or public safety professional who has gone above and beyond to answer the call to service.
  • Citizenship: An individual who displays leadership and commitment to our community.
  • Senior Hero: A person(s) age 62 or above who has offered self in a heroic fashion in a time of crisis or has committed self in some significant, unexpected or unusual manner for the good of others.
  • In Memoriam: An individual who left an extraordinary legacy by sacrificing his/her life through a heroic or selfless act, or by demonstrating visionary humanitarian leadership, inspiring others to greater selflessness and service.
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