During the COVID-19 pandemic, countless acts of heroism have been exhibited in the daily actions of frontline workers, from first responders to medical professionals to retail employees. Volunteers who risked their health and safety to aid others also performed heroically. The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio will honor many of these individuals during the 2021 Hero Awards, taking place virtually at noon on May 12, 2021.
A special feature of the Northeast Ohio Hero Awards is the inclusion of a Community Leader Award honoree, who is selected for serving the Northeast Ohio community with outstanding leadership, vision, and a commitment to the health and well-being of our region. This year’s honoree is the Haslam Family and the Cleveland Browns.
What comes to mind when you think of the word “hero?” Throughout 2020, many folks within our communities served as everyday heroes, despite the challenges of the pandemic, to ensure we did not go without basic needs and health care services. From the grocery clerk, to our nurses and civil service men and women, to the non-profits who continued to deliver upon their mission, we would like to take time to celebrate these everyday heroes.
2021 Community Leader Award Honorees: Haslam Family and the Cleveland Browns
We will celebrate those who have aspired higher with the 2021 Northeast Ohio Red Cross Hero Awards. Additionally, we will recognize the philanthropic mission of the Haslam Family and the Cleveland Browns with our Red Cross Community Leader Award.
Event Chairperson - Vic DiGeronimo.
This year’s Event Chairperson is Vic DiGeronimo. Vic is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, an avid Browns fan, and season-ticket holder. He serves as the CEO for the DiGeronimo Companies, which includes such notable companies as Independence Excavating, Precision Environmental Co., and Donley’s IC. He received an Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2017 and has served as a Kitchen Cabinet member for the Cleveland Food Bank. Vic is also a dedicated Board Member for the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio and Premier Event Sponsor.