Nominations are open to the public, accepted until November 15
Riverside, Calif. (October 2, 2019) – Calling all heroes! Do you know an “ordinary” person with extraordinary courage? Someone who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties? If you know a local hero, the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region asks you to nominate them for the 5th Annual Inland Empire Heroes Luncheon.
“Every day we’re surrounded by heroes, often without even knowing it,” said Lois Beckman, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Serving Riverside County and Coachella Valley/Morongo Basin. “We need the public’s help to identify everyday heroes in our community who we can recognize for their contributions.”
The Inland Empire Heroes Luncheon honors those who make an impact through their brave and compassionate actions and who demonstrate a commitment to creating safer, stronger communities.
Heroes will be celebrated in the following categories:
- Animal Welfare Hero
- Corporate Hero
- Disaster Services Hero
- First Responder Hero
- Gift of Life Hero
- Good Samaritan Hero
- Service to the Armed Forces Hero
- Youth Hero (age 18 or younger)
This year’s award recipients will be honored at the Inland Empire Heroes Luncheon event on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside. Honorees will also be recognized at the Eleventh Annual Red Cross Jersey Night on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Toyota Arena in Ontario. As part of Red Cross Jersey Night, the Ontario Reign will be wearing custom-designed Red Cross-themed jerseys for the game. These jerseys will be sold in a live auction following the game, with proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross Serving San Bernardino County.
“We look forward to honoring our 2020 class of heroes at Red Cross Jersey Night,” said Yevette Baysinger, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Serving San Bernardino County. “It’s a great opportunity for us to recognize our local heroes and celebrate them alongside the Ontario Reign and their fans.”
The Inland Empire Heroes Luncheon is made possible by generous sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Sysco Riverside and Community Preparedness Sponsor Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.
For more information on award categories, to purchase tickets, or to nominate a hero please visit redcross.org/ieheroes or contact the local Red Cross at Events.DTS@redcross.org or (714) 481-4444.
To be considered for the 2020 Inland Empire Heroes Luncheon, nominations must be received by Friday, November 15, 2019.
About the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region:
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. The American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region has proudly served Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties for more than 100 years. For more information, please visit redcross.org/dts or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossDTS or Facebook at facebook.com/RedCrossDTS.