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American Red Cross of Bay Area 
July 22, 2008
The American Red Cross Bay Area is seeking nominations for its annual heroes awards program in Contra Costa County. The program is designed to celebrate the community’s everyday heroes, recognizing those individuals and organizations who make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary kindness and courage. The heroes will be honored at the Contra Costa County Heroes Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 17 at Scott’s Restaurant and Garden in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Contra Costa County residents are encouraged to nominate a hero for one of the following categories:
-Life-Saving Hero: An adult or youth who has performed an extraordinary life-saving act, using life-saving skills such as CPR or first aid.
-Act of Courage Hero: An adult or youth who has performed an extraordinary act of courage.
-Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero: An adult or youth who has shown an extreme act of kindness or selflessness.
-Community Service Hero, Individual: An adult or youth who has performed great community service.
-Community Service Hero, Organization: A business or organization that has performed great community service.
- Animal Rescue Hero: An animal that has protected a human in a time of need or a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation.
Heroes award recipients will be selected by a committee of Contra Costa County community leaders. All nominees must work or reside in Contra Costa County.
Nominations may be submitted online at www.redcrossbayarea.org/heroes. Nomination forms are available at the organization’s Concord Training Center located at 1300 Alberta Way in Concord. You may also request a nomination form by contacting Donna Siegel of the American Red Cross Bay Area at (415) 427-8170 or siegeldo@usa.redcross.org. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Aug. 15.
About the Heroes Awards Program
People in the Bay Area make a difference in the lives of others in their communities every day. The American Red Cross Bay Area and civic leaders from six counties in the Bay Area are joining together to celebrate everyday heroism, recognizing those individuals and organizations whose extraordinary acts of kindness and courage make them heroes. American Red Cross chapters around the county hold events in their communities to recognize acts of heroism by local residents and pay tribute to those who have performed life-saving acts. Each year, nearly 900 people attend events in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano Counties to honor local heroes. For more information about the events and corporate sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.redcrossbayarea.org/heroes. All proceeds from the events support the disaster preparedness and relief efforts of the American Red Cross in the Bay Area.
About the American Red Cross Bay Area
Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, your American Red Cross Bay Area helps residents in six counties prepare for disaster, recover from them and connect U.S. military families torn apart by war, terrorism and natural tragedy. The American Red Cross’s more than 1,700 personnel, 97 percent of which are volunteers, are all dedicated to saving lives. Every year, the American Red Cross Bay Area mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 500 disasters, trains more than 80,000 people in life-saving and preparedness skills, and exchanges hundreds of emergency messages for military, war and disaster-stricken families. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org to learn more. The Red Cross provides nearly half the Bay Area’s blood supply. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) today to schedule your lifesaving donation. 

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