Red Cross names Hometown Heroes
The American Red Cross West Michigan Chapter is honoring a group of Hometown Heroes this week.
The nonprofit's annual Hometown Heroes Celebration is this Thursday in downtown Grand Rapids at DeVos Place and begins at 6 p.m.
Each honoree during the ceremony represents a different section of humanitarian work and was selected by the Hometown Heroes Committee based on open nominations.
The chapter said the seven honorees represent volunteerism, health advocacy, global impact, community impact, patriotism, saving lives and general humanitarianism.
“The work that they have accomplished, right here in our own backyard, is just staggering to think about,” said Mike Mitchell, executive director, Red Cross West Michigan Chapter.
“As an organization that exists to provide and support humanitarian aid, it is our privilege to thank these individuals for their selfless work. Our community is a better place because of them, and we’re honored to be able to publicly credit their work with these awards.”
The dinner is $150 a person.
Tickets are available online.
2015 Hometown Heroes
Kate Pew Wolters: Clara Barton Humanitarian of the Year Award
Judge Sara Smolenski: Mabel Boardman Spirit of Volunteerism Award
Frederick Bw’Ombongi: Henry Dunant Global Impact Award
Sister Carmen Rostar, O.P.: Caroline Campbell Community Impact Award
Jonathan Logan: Jane Delano Lifesaver Award
Sylvia Daining: Dr. Charles Drew Health Advocate Award
Jamie Hamming : General George Marshall Patriot Award