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Nonprofit names Hometown Heroes

March 28, 2016
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Red Cross names Hometown Heroes
The American Red Cross West Michigan Chapter is based in Grand Rapids and honors members of the community at its annual Hometown Heroes Celebration. Photo via

Four local individuals and one local organization will be recognized by a nonprofit as Hometown Heroes at an event downtown next month.

The American Red Cross said last week that it will honor its five Hometown Heroes for their commitment to service and in recognition of their humanity to their neighbors.

The winners will be honored at the Red Cross’ Hometown Heroes Celebration on April 21 in Grand Rapids at DeVos Place’s Steelcase Ballroom, from 6-9 p.m.

The event will include food and entertainment.

Each year, the American Red Cross honors Grand Rapids area “heroes” who have been determined to inspire and facilitate an inclusive and humane environment in the region.

The honorees are selected for their acts of courage and commitment to service in showing what it means to value the humanity of local and global neighbors.

Tickets to the event can be purchased for $150 a person online.


Grand Rapids entrepreneur Bing Goei will receive the Clara Barton Humanitarian of the Year Award, and former American Red Cross of Muskegon Executive Director Tim Lipan will be honored with the Mabel Boardman Spirit of Volunteerism Award.

Mary Dailey Brown, who founded the nonprofit SowHope in 2006, will receive the Henry Dunant Global Impact Award, and Barry County United Way Executive Director Lani Forbes will be honored with the Dr. Charles Drew Lifesaver Award.

Bates Footwear, a brand of Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide, will receive the General George Marshall Patriot Award.

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