Brianna Kelly, Regional Communications Manager
Nominations for the Inland Empire Heroes Awards due Friday, December 16, 2022
Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, CALIF. — November 14, 2022 — The American Red Cross is looking for local heroes to be honored at the annual Red Cross Inland Empire Heroes Awards on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at the Ontario Convention Center.
“If you know an ‘ordinary’ person with extraordinary courage, someone who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made an impact in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties, we encourage you to nominate them to be recognized,” says Lois Beckman, Executive Director of the Red Cross of Riverside County.
At the 2023 Inland Empire Heroes Awards honorees, local heroes will be celebrated for acts of heroism and humanitarian service and attendees can hear moving stories of courage, compassion, and community impact.
“Each day across the Inland Empire, there are heroes helping neighbors in need, and making a difference in our communities,” says Yevette Baysinger, Executive Director of the Red Cross of San Bernardino County. “We need the public’s help so we can discover and honor these hometown heroes. It’s our way of thanking people for their positive contributions across our region.”
Nominate a hero in the following categories:
- 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 American 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 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 to 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.
HOW TO NOMINATE A HERO
Nominations are due by Friday, December 16, 2022.
Submit via Online Nomination Form: redcross.org/IEHeroes
Submit via Email: Download the nomination form at redcross.org/IEHeroes and email completed nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit via Mail: Download the nomination form at redcross.org/IEHeroes and mail completed nomination form and any supporting materials to:
American Red Cross
Attn: Karyssa Heggie
600 Parkcenter Dr.,
Santa Ana, CA 92705
For more information, please visit redcross.org/IEHeroes, email email@example.com or call 949-226-2348.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/SoCal or cruzrojaamericana.org, or connect with the Southern California Region on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Facebook.