The 18th Annual Real Heroes Awards is a celebration honoring local heroes for courage, compassion and leadership!
Join us for an inspiring virtual event with our 2020 Real Heroes Honorees.
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.
For the first time in 18 years, due to the current public 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 2020 class of heroes in our first-ever virtual Real Heroes Awards!
This year, heroes will be honored in the following categories:
Fire & Rescue
Gift of Life
Youth Good Samaritan
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PST
Watch the 2020 San Diego and Imperial Counties Virtual Real Heroes Awards live on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PST at SDHEROES.givesmart.com
Click here for more information about our 2019 Real Heroes honorees.
For more event information, including details about sponsorships and ticket sales, please contact Leah VanLeeuwen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal Welfare: An animal that has protected a human or another animal in a time of need, or a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation.
Community Partner: A local organization or individual that has administered exceptional safety and preparedness measures to protect staff and prepare for emergencies.
Fire and Rescue: A professional rescuer (firefighter, EMS personnel, etc.) whose lifesaving action went beyond the scope of his or her job to help another in critical need.
Gift of Life: An individual or group that supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross through blood or platelet donations or an individual or group that inspires others to donate blood or platelets.
Humanitarian: A person or an organization that is committed to humanitarian aid efforts locally, nationally and internationally.
Good Samaritan: An adult (18+) who used lifesaving skills to save or attempt to save the lives of others or has helped to improve the welfare of their community.
Law Enforcement: A professional law enforcement officer whose lifesaving action went beyond the scope of his or her job to help another in critical need.
Military: A member of the armed forces (active, reserve, retired, commissioned or noncommissioned) whose lifesaving action during active-duty status went beyond the scope of his/her job to help another in critical need or improve the welfare of the military community.
Youth Good Samaritan: A youth (age 17 and under) who has gone to the aid of those in need and/or has helped to improve the welfare of their community.
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 have occurred on or after January 1, 2019.
All nominees must be able to attend the Heroes Awards and be willing to participate in video interviews and photographs for media and promotional reasons (exceptions can be made if necessary).
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.