, Newburyport, MA

November 12, 2012

Red Cross seeks Community Heroes

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts is seeking nominations of local heroes who have demonstrated outstanding courage, generosity and service to others to be recognized at the 11th Annual Community Heroes Breakfast.

The awards aim to honor people in the region who have saved a life, made their community a safer place or gone above and beyond to help someone in need. All heroes must live or work on the North Shore. Six hero categories will be honored at the 2013 event, which is set for Thursday, March 13, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore in Danvers. The award categories are:

Enduring Hero: A person who has made a difference in the community by engaging in many different activities over a long period of time.

Community Hero: An individual, couple or family “Good Samaritan” involved with an event, project or ongoing effort that directly benefits the community.

First Responder Hero: A firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician or other first responder who has performed an act beyond the call of duty.

Youth Hero: A student (elementary, middle, high school or college) who demonstrates leadership qualities or is involved with an event, project or ongoing effort that directly benefits the community.

Education Hero: An exemplary educator (elementary, middle, high school or college) who is highly qualified, deeply committed to his or her vocation and is dedicated to improving educational standards both for students and fellow educators.

Healthcare Hero: A physician, nurse, home-care worker or other healthcare provider who has delivered outstanding services.

Nominations are due by Jan. 4.

The annual breakfast, a gathering of more than 500 business leaders and community members, raises critical funds to help support Red Cross disaster preparedness and response programs in Northeast Massachusetts. Tickets are $50. The mistress of ceremonies for the breakfast will be Candy O’Terry, assistant program director for Magic 106.7 FM.

Nomination forms are available at or can be obtained by calling the Red Cross at 978-922-2224 or by writing to: American Red Cross, 85 Lowell St., Peabody 01960.