Red Cross Honors Distinguished Heroes in Eastern Massachusetts

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The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts will celebrate Red Cross Month by honoring our 2013 Distinguished Heroes who hold true to the values inherent in the mission and programs of the American Red Cross.

Each year, the U.S. President designates March as Red Cross month. The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts will celebrate Red Cross Month by honoring our 2013 Distinguished Heroes who hold true to the values inherent in the mission and programs of the American Red Cross.

Meet our heroes:

Nurys Camargo - Youth Service Hero

Nurys Camarago is the founder of CHICA, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization for Latinas aged 14-18 from low-income and underserved communities in the state. The year-long program provides leadership workshops, mentoring and summer internships to these future leaders.

Camarago is a woman of accomplishment herself: She currently serves as Senior Police Advisor at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security. Among her responsibilities are running Gov. Deval Patrick’s Safe and Successful youth initiative and managing the Witness Protection Board for the state.

Joseph Carroll - Community Resiliency Hero

Mary Chin – Volunteerism Hero

Mary Chin is the President of the Asian American Civic Association, an organization that since 1967 has been providing social and education services to low-income Asian immigrants, helping them to achieve economic and social self-sufficiency.

Chin in her years of service has ensured AACA is a vital resource to immigrants settling in Greater Boston during their first year in their new homeland, annually serving more than 2,000 Asian newcomers.

She is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice.

Mary Kakas – Philanthropy Hero

Mary Kakas is a retired business women who gives time and serves on 10 local non-profit boards’ is a mentor for many young women and has been a wonderful door opener for the Red Cross.

She is President Emeritus and CEO of Edward F. Kakas & Sons, a one hundred forty-nine year old family-owned business, founded in 1858 in Boston. She is a dedicated community service volunteer, and creates numerous opportunities for others to serve. Always promoting self-esteem and encouraging others to pursue their dreams. She participates on the advisory communities and board of numerous organizations, which she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for.

Andrea and Eric Greenwood, Partnership Heroes

Leonard Doolan, Lifeblood Hero