Know someone who is selfless or heroic in his or her service to others?
Now is the time to show appreciation by nominating them for American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee 2014 Hometown Heroes recognition.
Julia Wright, Red Cross community development manager, said the award is open to anyone in the 11 counties of Southeast Tennessee, and expects the contest to have nominations from each of them.
“We are looking to expand that into some of the more rural areas to give them the opportunity to nominate people from those communities as well, because we know there are some really compelling stories in some of our smaller communities. We would love to be able to recognize people in those areas as well,” Wright said.
Wright said the nominations could stem from a single event or outline a person’s continued commitment to serving others.
“Every day, ordinary people make extraordinary contributions by putting their needs aside to help others in our community. Many of these people go unrecognized for their courageous acts. Now is your chance to honor them,” the nomination information states.
Nominations can be made in seven categories, including role model, youth, military, rescue, first responder, community or medical.
“We would just encourage folks in the community to think about the folks they know who are heroic and take this opportunity to recognize them in a big way. We would like to see that from all the communities because we know they are in every community,” Wright said. “We kept the categories broad on purpose, because we want to have a variety of people who are nominated, and different types of stories.”
Nominators are asked to give the name, address and phone number of the person they are nominating as a Hometown Hero.
Wright said each submission should also includes “a story about why they are being nominated.”
Nomination forms can be found at http://www.redcross .org/news/event/2014-Hometown-Heroes-Luncheon or by stopping by a Red Cross office. The Cleveland Service Center is located at 3856 Candies Creek Lane N.W.
The deadline to submit a nomination is April 1.
A committee of Red Cross volunteers will select the winners.
A Hometown Hero in each of seven categories will be recognized at a luncheon on May 14 at 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Former Tennessee Vols coach Phil Fulmer will be the guest speaker.
The event also serves as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee.
Tickets are $75 each or $125 each for VIP tickets. Tables of 10 are also available for $750 or $1,000 for VIP Tables. VIP tickets include met and greet with the guest speaker, autograph and photo opportunities during a VIP session.
Sponsorship packages are available and start at $1,000. For tickets contact Sandra Kilgore at 423-265-3455 or Sandra.Kilgore@redcross.org. Tickets can also be purchased at http://www.redcross.org/news/event/2014-Hometown-Heroes-Luncheon.