The 19th Annual Real Heroes Awards is a celebration honoring local heroes for courage, compassion and leadership!
Each year, the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties honors individuals for acts of great bravery, dedication and service to the community at our Real Heroes Awards event, hosted by Monica Dean of NBC 7 San Diego.
Due to the ongoing health crisis, the Red Cross is unable to honor these extraordinary humanitarians at our annual in-person event. Instead, we're excited to celebrate the 2021 class of heroes virtually.
This year, heroes will be honored in the following categories:
Animal Welfare Hero
Disaster Services Hero
First Responder Hero
Gift of Life Hero
Good Samaritan Hero
Service to the Armed Forces Hero
Register today for the 2021 Virtual Real Heroes Awards!
Click here for more information about our 2020 Real Heroes honorees and to watch the 2020 Real Heroes Awards.
For more event information, including details about sponsorships and ticket sales, please contact Melissa Rutan at email@example.com.
Thank You to Our 2021 Event Sponsors
Hometown Hero Sponsors
Disaster Relief Match Partner
Teresa and Byron Pollitt
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Animal Welfare Hero: Presented to an animal that has protected a human or another animal in a time of need, to a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation, to an animal that is making a difference to impact someone’s life, or to an individual that cares for animals.
Corporate Hero: A business or organization that has contributed significantly to the American Red Cross mission and/or made a positive impact in our community.
Disaster Services Hero: An individual or an organization that has exhibited heroic efforts in any or all of the areas of disaster services, including preparedness, response or recovery during a natural disaster or emergency situation through mission-driven response assistance to people in need.
First Responder Hero: Presented to a professional or volunteer serving as a law enforcement official, firefighter, first responder or responder in the medical or healthcare field. This award is presented to a person or persons who has exhibited heroism in their response to an emergency, on or off-duty, through acts of courage or selflessness.
Gift of Life Hero: An individual or group that supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross through blood or platelet donations or inspiring others to give blood or platelets.
Good Samaritan Hero: Presented to a person that has demonstrated outstanding heroism, skill, commitment or resourcefulness in attempt to save one or more lives by utilizing skills aligned with those taught in Red Cross programs such as CPR/AED/First Aid or other health and preparedness training.
Service to the Armed Forces Hero: Presented to a member or members of the armed forces (active or veteran, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose heroic action(s) demonstrated exceptional courage or improved the welfare of the military community. This award may be presented posthumously and may also be awarded to ROTC members or civilians/organizations that have made a significant impact on the military community.
Youth Hero (age 18 or younger): Presented to a youth in the community who has demonstrated courage, initiative and/or compassion in the spirit of the American Red Cross in service to another individual or the welfare of the region.
Nominate Your Hero
Please submit your nomination by filling out the online nomination form below
Nomination Guidelines and Award Requirements
All nominees must work or reside in San Diego County or Imperial County. The heroic act may have occurred elsewhere.
The heroic act must be either an ongoing commitment to the community for more than one year, or must have occurred in 2020 or 2021.
It is possible to have more than one person awarded in a category for the same act.
The 2021 Class of Heroes will be selected by the Heroes Selection Committee based on hero merit, availability for filming and award acceptance and adherence to our fundamental principles.
Nominees may meet the criteria for more than one category or be moved to a different category at the discretion of the Selection Committee during deliberation.
Honorees will be selected by a committee of local community leaders based on the degree to which their actions uphold the values of the American Red Cross and leave a lasting and positive impact on our region. Award decisions are based on the information provided by the nominator, so please be detailed and include as much supporting material as possible.