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American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Celebrates San Mateo County Heroes at Breakfast on June 4
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May 18, 2009
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter announced today the recipients of its San Mateo County Heroes Awards, all of whom will be honored at the San Mateo Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, June 4 at 8 a.m. at Dominic’s Restaurant in San Mateo.  The annual program celebrates everyday heroes, recognizing those individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness.
 
Among this year’s heroes are an area teacher who inspired her students to fight global warming and an 11-year-old boy who pulled his younger brother from an overturned car and to safety following an accident. This year’s honorees include the following San Mateo County citizens and organizations:
  • Act of Courage Hero: Officer Scott Hennessey of California Highway Patrol in Redwood City will be honored for rescuing a driver who was trapped in a burning car by breaking the rear window and pulling him to safety.
  • Life-Saving Hero, Adult: Patrick Walter of Pacifica will be honored for saving a neighbor from the fire and smoke that had engulfed his home.
  • Life-Saving Hero, Child: Duran Andrade of Redwood City will be honored for pulling his younger brother from an overturned car following an accident and helping him with his injuries until medical personnel could arrive.
  • Community Service, Organization:  Thrive: The Alliance for Nonprofits of San Mateo County will be honored for its creative approaches to partnering among the nonprofit agencies of San Mateo County for disaster relief and readiness efforts.
  • Community Service, Individual: Suney Park of East Palo Alto will be honored for her innovative teaching methods about global warming with her sixth graders at Eastside College Preparatory School.
  • Animal Rescue Hero: Carol Wexler of Half Moon Bay will be honored for her work in rescuing abandoned dogs, nursing them back to health and finding new homes for them.  
  • Tom Lantos Humanitarian Award: Helen Hausman of Atherton will be honored for her involvement with the American Red Cross international services programs, including its holocaust and war victim tracing service which reconnects families separated by war around the world. 
The heroes will be honored at the San Mateo County Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, June 4 at 8 a.m. at Dominic’s at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo.
 
Tickets for the event are available for $50 per person and can be purchased online at www.redcrossbayarea.org/heroes or by calling (415) 427-8086. All proceeds from the event support the disaster preparedness and relief efforts of the American Red Cross in the Bay Area, including efforts in San Mateo County.
 
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 Chapter 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 lifesaving 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.

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