GRAND ISLAND, NEB. September 30, 2016 – The American Red Cross of Central and Western Nebraska has
opened the nomination process for “Heartland Heroes: A Centennial Celebration.” Through October 28,
Nebraskans are encouraged to visit our webpage and share their story of ordinary people performing
“This is a great opportunity to truly thank someone for the difference they’ve made,” said Rachelle Lipker,
Executive Director for the American Red Cross in Central and Western Nebraska. “Each year I am amazed with
the nominations and enjoy hearing about the wonderful people we have in our community.”
The heroes will be honored on May 4th, 2017 at the Heartland Heroes event located at the Hotel Grand
Conference Center. At the event, the community will celebrate 100 years of Red Cross service and honor heroes
and their guests in front of an audience of approximately 250 community leaders and supporters. Everyone will be
treated to dinner and will enjoy heartfelt videos. People are eligible for one of six unique Hero categories:
Lifetime Hero – presented to an individual who inspires others by their example. This individual has overcome
hardship, risen above challenges, or dedicated their life to serving others.
Gift of Life – presented to an individual, couple, group or organization that supports the lifesaving mission
through personal blood or platelet donations or inspiring others to give blood or platelets.
Good Samaritan – presented to an individual who is considered a hero because of their unselfish devotion and
concern for the welfare of others.
Call to Action – presented to an individual who by circumstances beyond their control found themselves in a
challenging situation and demonstrated extraordinary courage.
Commitment to Community – presented to an individual, couple, group or organization that has made a
tremendous impact on the community through their volunteerism, philanthropy, service to others, or example.
Disaster Relief – presented to an individual or organization who has served an important role in disaster relief in
Public Servant Hero – presented to an individual who in the line of duty (police, fire, military, medical, etc.) went
above and beyond the call.
“We are thrilled to hold the Heartland Heroes again this year and recognize our community’s unsung heroes,” said
To honor someone, the nominee must live or work in the central and western Nebraska. To submit a nomination,
visit http://www.redcross.org/local/nebraska/heroes-nomination or mail nomination forms to the American Red
Cross office in Grand Island (404 E. 3rd Street). Self-nominations are not permitted.
Heartland Heroes nomination form: