Red Cross and NBT Bank Team Up to Honor Young Heroes

VESTAL, N.Y. (April 9, 2014) — The American Red Cross and NBT Bank have entered a partnership that will enable the Red Cross to recognize heroic youths throughout the Southern Tier, Central New York and the Mohawk Valley, said Shelley Bierwiler, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of the Southern Tier.

NBT Bank will sponsor the Youth Good Samaritan Award at the Red Cross’ 2014 Real Heroes Breakfast events in Cortland, Binghamton, Utica and Syracuse. The Real Heroes Breakfast is the Red Cross’ signature event because it celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing people from throughout the region who have performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations.

The partnership between the American Red Cross and NBT Bank will be formally announced at a news conference/check presentation at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at NBT Bank, 3121 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal. The media is invited to attend the news conference to interview Red Cross and NBT Bank officials and learn details about the partnership.

The Youth Good Samaritan Award is presented to a person 21 or younger who used his or her skills to save a life. The 2013 Youth Good Samaritan Award winner at the Southern Tier Real Heroes Breakfast in Binghamton was Demetrius Colvin, a seventh-grade student who rescued his 2-year-old sister and 8-year-old cousin from their burning home. In Syracuse, the 2013 Youth Good Samaritan Award winner was 14-year-old Marshall Winn, who used his Wave Runner watercraft to rescue four people drowning in Lake Ontario.

All proceeds from Real Heroes Breakfast sponsorships and tickets sales go to the American Red Cross for its services throughout the Central New York Region.

“NBT Bank is pleased to partner with the American Red Cross to recognize the heroism of the four special young people who will receive Youth Good Samaritan Awards at the Real Heroes Breakfast events being held across our shared market area,” said NBT Bank Greater Binghamton Regional President Jeffrey Lake. “Our support of this award is an extension of our bank’s larger commitment to helping youth and young adults develop the skills and perspective they need to be successful adults through our financial education programs and support of community initiatives.”

NBT Bank will sponsor the Youth Good Samaritan Award at the following Real Heroes Breakfasts this year:

• 4th Annual Cortland-Tompkins Real Heroes Breakfast, April 16, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Cortland.

• 5th Annual Southern Tier Real Heroes Breakfast, May 8, Holiday Inn Arena, Binghamton.

• 15th Annual Mohawk Valley Real Heroes Breakfast, June 4, SUNY IT, Utica.

• 16th Annual Central New York Real Heroes Breakfast, Dec. 3, Oncenter, Syracuse.

“We are grateful to NBT Bank for its continued support of the American Red Cross and our Real Heroes Breakfast events throughout the region,” Bierwiler said. “The Youth Good Samaritan Award is a special one for us because it demonstrates that the Red Cross mission of helping others will continue with the next generation.”

There are sponsorship opportunities available, and individuals or businesses that want to get involved as sponsors for the Real Heroes Breakfast should contact Susan Lee, Major Gift Officer, at 785-7207 or susan.lee@redcross.org.

About NBT Bank:

NBT Bank offers personal banking, asset management, business services through a network of over 155 locations in five states. Through its Strive® program, NBT Bank provides in-classroom and online financial education to help youth and young adults become financially savvy. NBT Bank and its parent company, NBT Bancorp Inc., are headquartered in Norwich ,N.Y. NBT Bancorp had assets of $7.7 billion as of December 31, 2013. More information about NBT Bank, its products and services and its Strive® financial education program can be found at www.nbtbank.com.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.