“Real Heroes” from the 2013 American Red Cross at New Mexico Real Heroes Recognition Breakfast gather following the event. (Courtesy Photo)
Who is your hero?
If you have a hero who lives here in our community, then now is your chance to honor them.
Nominations for the Real Heroes Recognition Breakfast, sponsored by the American Red Cross in New Mexico, will be accepted until Friday.
“We’ve received numerous submissions, but we wanted to extend the deadline to give everyone an opportunity to make nominations,” said Gale Landrum, community relations manager for American Red Cross.
This will be the second time the event will be held in Roswell, and Landrum said she hopes it will become an annual event.
“There is an advisory committee of community leaders who will review the nominations from the community, and they will make the selections of who is named a Real Hero,” Landrum said. Once the nominees are chosen, they will be announced at the Real Heroes Recognition Breakfast, which will be held at 7 a.m. on June 18 at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.
The purpose of the Real Heroes program is to honor ordinary people who make extraordinary contributions by putting their needs aside to help others in the community, Landrum said.
Award categories include humanitarian; adult Good Samaritan; youth Good Samaritan; military; firefighter; animal rescue; emergency medical; disaster relief; workplace; education; law enforcement and water safety.
Recognizing local people for their humanitarianism began as an initiative of the American Red Cross in New Mexico. Countless acts of heroism went unnoticed and the staff, board of directors, volunteers, local businesses and donors agreed that outstanding individuals and groups from communities throughout the state should be publicly honored for their services.
“The Real Heroes program is a statewide event, and there will be five recognition ceremonies around the state,” Landrum said.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Rep. Nora Espinoza, Landrum said, and the master of ceremonies for the event will be Darryl Burkfield from 94.9 The Country Giant.
“Without our sponsors, none of this would be possible,” Landrum said. “We have many wonderful local businesses who support us, and Blue Cross Blue Shield is a statewide sponsor for the event.”
Sponsorships are still available for the Roswell recognition breakfast, Landrum said, and sponsorships levels range from $250 to $5,000 with various benefits coming to the different levels of sponsors.
Individual tickets for the event will be $25.
Anyone interested in nominating a community hero for recognition or interested in sponsoring the recognition breakfast can contact Landrum at 622-4370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.