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The Times
  • Nominations sought for Real Heroes Breakfast

  • The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by honoring people who have performed heroic acts to help others in need.

    The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will host its 14th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre in downtown Utica.

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  • The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by honoring people who have performed heroic acts to help others in need.
    The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will host its 14th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre in downtown Utica.
    “We look forward to honoring the people in our communities who have put someone else’s needs ahead of their own,” said Jennifer Balog, community chapter executive. “We know there are many heartwarming stories of heroism throughout our three counties, and we want to find them.”
    The Real Heroes Breakfast will honor people from Herkimer, Oneida and Otsego counties in 13 award categories, including Adult Good Samaritan (20 years of age and older), Animal Rescue, Mary Haggerty Blood Donor, Education, Fire Rescue, Good Neighbor, Industrial Safety, Kurt Wyman Law Enforcement, Medical, Military, Youth Good Samaritan (19 years of age and younger), 911 Dispatch and Michael Cianfrocco Humanitarian of the Year.
    The Red Cross is asking for the public’s help by nominating individuals who have shown courage, dedication and unselfish character through their acts of heroism in the community.
    Nomination forms may be found on the chapter’s website at www.redcross.org/ny/utica. Completed forms may be mailed to Balog’s attention at American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter, 1415 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501 or faxed to 735-7149. Completed forms may also be emailed.
    Balog said the breakfast grew out of a desire to sponsor an event closely related to the mission of the Red Cross. “The Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. This is done through the simple, yet powerful, process of one person putting their needs aside to help another. Across the nation, over one million Red Cross volunteers do this each day. And, right here in the Mohawk Valley over 100 dedicated volunteers contribute their time and energies to assist those in need,” she said. “In order to celebrate this spirit of humanitarianism, the American Red Cross honors individuals who have shown courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism in our community. Real heroes make a difference.”
    All nominations must be received by March 29.
    Balog said for more information about the nomination process, sponsorships for the event or tickets individuals may contact James Hastie, major gift officer, at 374-6021 or James.Hastie@RedCross.org.

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