Red Cross Selects Pueblo 2014 Humanitarian Recipient

Drew exemplifies the spirit of humanitarianism in Pueblo and he has always been a strong proponent of the American Red Cross

Pueblo, CO, Nov. 19, 2013 – The American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter has selected Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix to receive the Humanitarian Hero award during the annual Red Cross Hometown Heroes event in 2014.

Drew Dix is well known in the Pueblo area. He considers Pueblo his home town and is one of four Medal of Honor recipients who have earned Pueblo the title of Home of Heroes. Born in New York but raised in Pueblo, Dix is best known for co-founding the Center for American Values, his support for Veterans and his love for Pueblo. Dix received the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon Johnson in 1969 for “gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” while serving in Vietnam.

“We are excited to honor Drew Dix with our Humanitarian Award in 2014,” said Tom Gonzalez, CEO of the Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter. “Drew exemplifies the spirit of humanitarianism in Pueblo and he has always been a strong proponent of the American Red Cross.”

The Hometown Heroes event seeks to highlight stories that exemplify the spirit of the mission of the American Red Cross: preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of disasters and emergencies. The annual Hometown Heroes Dinner recognizes local individuals who have made a difference through their individual acts of courage.

Every day, ordinary people perform extraordinary and sometimes life-saving acts of compassion. This is an event to celebrate people, organizations and animals who have made the extra effort to improve the lives of others and truly made a difference here in the Pikes Peak community.

The 2014 Hometown Heroes Dinner will be held at the Pueblo Sangre de Cristo Arts Center on February 13 2014. If you are interested in attending and/or sponsoring this event, please contact Tom Gonzalez at (719)785-2701 or Thomas.gonzalez@redcross.org. Nominations for other awards are still being accepted until Dec. 1. Click here to submit a nomination: www.redcross.org/colorado-nominate

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/colorado or visit us on Twitter at @ppredcross.