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Monday, January 13, 2014

Honoring Hometown Heroes in Pueblo February 13, 2014

Heroes come in all sizes and shapes, all ages and from all walks of life. The word “hero” is often associated with military, law enforcement, and firefighters. But as we all know anyone can be a hero under the right circumstances. Ordinary people often step up to do extraordinary things when the need arises. It is not often that we get a chance to recognize some of those local heroes in our community. However, Feb. 13, 2014 that opportunity comes to Pueblo.

The Pueblo Hometown Heroes Dinner will be held at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 N Santa Fe Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003. from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 13. This event is an American Red Cross fundraiser that honors individuals and organizations who exemplify courage, kindness, and unselfish character through their acts of heroism in our local community. Heroes who have saved a life or helped make a life better within the last 18 months are nominated by their family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community.

While this event serves as a primary fundraiser for the Red Cross it is also an opportunity to recognize those people who have clearly made a difference in the community. This is a wonderful event that is full of pageantry, ceremony, heart-felt laughter and tears.

The 2014 Humanitarian Award will be presented to Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix. A long time resident of Pueblo, Dix is known for his support to America’s Armed Forces and for being the co-founder of the Center for American Values, an organization that highlights the sacrifice made by the men and women of our military services.

Hero awards will also be presented for the following categories:

Adult Hero:  (Age 18 and Over) Presented for a courageous or life-saving response that made an exceptional difference in, or saved the lives of others.
Youth Hero:  (Age 18 and under) Presented for a compassionate response or life-saving skills that made an exceptional difference in, or saved the lives of others.
Military Hero:  Presented to a member of the armed forces (active, guard, reserve or retired,) whose actions went above and beyond the call of duty.
Animal Hero:  Presented to an animal whose trained or innate skills helped save a life.
Community Service Hero:  Presented to an individual who has performed an extraordinary community service that has made a difference in the lives of others.
Community Partner Hero:  Presented to a business or organization whose compassion or life-saving actions made an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.
First Responder Hero:  Presented to a First Responder (Police, Fire and EMS) whose actions went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life or whose personal commitment to their local community has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.

If you would like to be part of the special event to sponsor an award, purchase a ticket or sponsor a table at the event contact Tom Gonzalez at 719-785-2701 or by email at thomas.gonzalez@redcross.org.

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