San Jose, CA (November 14, 2018) — Close to 200 guests, including 13 honored individuals and organizations, joined the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter at a spectacular event held at the historic Villa Montalvo estate in Saratoga on October 3, 2018. The event paid tribute to community members and organizations for their selfless acts of courage. The highly successful event raised over $185K in commitments and pledges from generous sponsors and donors.
The Heroes celebration is a signature event for the Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter. It benefits the many lifesaving programs and services that the chapter provides, including responding to local disasters, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life, and assisting military members and their families.
“We are grateful and humbled by the awesome support of our generous sponsors and the overwhelming enthusiasm of the people who attended this year's Heroes event,” said Ken Toren, CEO for the Silicon Valley Chapter. “This is due to the outstanding support of these dedicated people and organizations that are we able to serve the growing needs of our community."
The honorees nominated for the Hero Awards were selected by a committee of local leaders who considered the degree to which their heroic actions benefited their communities and upheld the values of the American Red Cross. The following 13 individuals and organizations were honored at this year’s celebration:
- Lifetime Achievement: Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman, Menlo Park Fire Department
- Service to Armed Forces Hero: Carolann Wunderlin, 129th Air Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard
- Blood Services: Stan Shore
- First Responder: Santa Clara County Search and Rescue Team
- Corporate Achievement: PayPal
- Humanitarian: AJ Scott
- International Humanitarian: Tzu Chi Foundation
- Unsung Hero: Bill Rutledge
Their stories are described here.
Photos from this year's breakfast can be found here.
Slides of this year's Heroes can be viewed here.
This year's celebration was generously supported by our Gold Sponsors, Accenture and PayPal; our Silver Sponsors, e-Nor and El Camino Health Care District; and our Bronze Sponsors, ActionCOACH of Santa Clara, Chris and Jeff Carlton, Eve Dreyfuss and Moss Adams, Patti Fry and David Hauk, Northern Trust, Katie and Preston Roper, Sanjeev and Indu Tyagi Family Charitable Fund, Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union, and Terry and Irene Unter.
About American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter: The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter serves almost two million people in Santa Clara County. Founded in January 2009 with the merger of the Palo Alto Area and Santa Clara Valley chapters, the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from local Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Led by volunteers and supported by community donations, your American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley is dedicated to saving lives and helping people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Visit our web site by clicking here or call us at (877) 727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.