Red Cross plans Hometown Heroes luncheon March 14
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CHATTANOOGA — The American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee will recognize individuals who exemplify courage, kindness and unselfish character at its 6th Annual Hometown Heroes Luncheon March 14 at The Chattanoogan from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Volkswagen, Erlanger and Blue Cross Blue Shield are event sponsors.

The keynote speaker will be Keith Alvey, recent director for the Hurricane Sandy Relief in New York. He is a 17-year veteran of the American Red Cross from Kentucky who also worked in disaster response during Hurricane Katrina, the Sept. 11 attack on New York City, the Lexington Com-Air crash, Hurricane Floyd and the tornadoes in Kentucky and Indiana in March 2012.

The Red Cross will select five local heroes from nominations submitted by the community. Categories include Good Samaritan – Youth (18 and younger); Good Samaritan – Adult; Red Cross Volunteer-Hospital; Red Cross Volunteer – Disaster and First Responder.

Anyone may nominate a hero by visiting

People may also pick up nomination forms at the American Red Cross, 801 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403. They can be mailed or faxed to 423-265-8952. Nomination forms must be received by February 25 at 4:45 p.m. and will be judged by a committee of civic and community leaders.

Nominees must live or work in Hamilton, Bledsoe, Grundy, Sequatchie, Rhea, Marion, Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, Polk or Monroe counties. Additional guidelines may be found on the nomination form.

For information about table sponsorships contact or call 423-421-4587.

“This is a great opportunity to remember those who help all of us here in Southeast Tennessee by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said event coordinator Sandy Matheson, Red Cross regional chief development officer.

“We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.