The Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross honors people who have gone above and beyond, saving lives or helping their communities every year at their Heroes in the Heartland Award Luncheon. The public is invited to nominate those who they believe fit the description of a "hero."
“For the thirteenth year, we invite the public to nominate ordinary people performing extraordinary acts,” said Tina Labellarte, Nebraska/SW Iowa Region Executive. “Heroes walk among us everyday—the people who put others above themselves—and it’s our pleasure to recognize them each March during Red Cross Month.”
Awards will be given in the following categories:
Lifetime Hero - presented to an individual who inspire others by their example. This individual has overcome hardship, risen above challenges, or dedicated their life to serving others.
Good Samaritan - presented to an individual who is considered a hero because of their unselfish devotion and concern for the welfare of others.
Call to Action - presented to an individual who by circumstances beyond their control found themselves in a challenging situation and demonstrated extraordinary courage.
Commitment to Community - presented to an individual, couple, group or organization that has made a tremendous impact on the community through their volunteerism, philanthropy, service to others, or example.
Disaster Relief - presented to an individual or organization who has served an important role in disaster relief in our community.
Public Servant Hero - presented to an individual who in the line of duty (police, fire, military, medical, etc.) went above and beyond the call.
Heroes from these and other categories will be considered for the event.
Residents in the following counties are eligible for the Award: Boone, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Colfax, Crawford (Iowa), Cuming, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fremont (Iowa), Harrison (Iowa), Knox, Madison, Mills (Iowa), Montgomery (Iowa), Nance, Page (Iowa), Pierce, Platte, Polk, Pottawattamie (Iowa), Sarpy, Saunders, Shelby (Iowa), Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne counties.
Nominations must be returned to the Heartland Chapter, 2912 South 80th Ave., Omaha, NE 68124, or faxed to (402) 343-7777 by October 21, 2012.
The awards will be presented at a lunch Wednesday, March 13th at 11:45 a.m. at Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. The Heroes in the Heartland event benefits the almost two million people in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa who rely upon their local Red Cross chapters to provide valuable services every day.
All qualifying Heroes in the Heartland Nominations will also be considered for recognition during the 2012 Heroes Game presented by Hy-Vee on November 23, 2012.
WOWT is a proud sponsor of the Hero Awards.