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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Red Cross Looking for Sonoma County Heroes to Honor

6th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast to highlight acts of extraordinary

They were a college student who donated a kidney to her mentor, a woman who created debriefing teams to relieve stress in those who serve at emergencies, and an Army Specialist who survived a bomb explosion in Afghanistan and helped the other ambushed Rangers. The
American Red Cross, Sonoma & Mendocino Counties, honored those heroic community members, and many others, at last year’s Real Heroes Breakfast.

Now the Red Cross is seeking new heroes to honor at their sixth annual breakfast on April 29, 2009. The breakfast benefits the local disaster relief fund and supports other essential, local Red Cross services. It will be held in Rohnert Park at the Doubletree Hotel.

The Red Cross wants to know about anyone in either Sonoma or Mendocino County who has shown an extraordinary gift for human compassion since January 2008. Nomination forms, which must be received by February 27, are available on or from the Red Cross by calling 577-7600.

Major sponsors for the Real Heroes Breakfast to date include Medtronic and Eileen Adams.

A panel of community leaders will review nominations. The categories are Animal, Education, Environmental, Good Samaritan (Youth, Adult, and Senior), Law Enforcement, Medical, Military, and Professional Rescue.

Heroic acts must be ongoing or have occurred between 1/1/08 and 2/27/09. Heroes for all categories must live in, or heroic acts must have taken place in, Sonoma or Mendocino County.

There is no admission fee, however guests will be encouraged to support the efforts of our local chapter.

The full breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the event is done by 8:45 a.m. To attend or to find out more about sponsorship, call (707)577-7600.


American Red Cross is a neutral, humanitarian organization that provides relief to victims of disasters, and prepares people to prevent and respond to emergencies. Our chapter, like all Red Cross chapters, is self-sustaining and receives no funding from the national organization. All disaster assistance provided by the Chapter is free and is made possible by voluntary donations of time and money by the people of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Donations can be made online at, via mail to 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, or by phone at 707-577-7600. Mendocino residents can call locally, (707) 463-0112.

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