American Red Cross Announces Winners of “2017 Vermont Everyday Heroes Awards”

     everyday-heroes-awards-logo   Join Co-Operative Insurance Companies and the American Red Cross to Celebrate the 2017 Vermont “Everyday Heroes Awards”

Burlington Event Honors Vermont Citizens on April 12th

Burlington, VT. – Tuesday, April 4, 2017. — The New Hampshire and Vermont Region of the American Red Cross and Co-Operative Insurance Companies are honoring citizens in Vermont by celebrating “everyday people” and the heroic things they do in our community.

The Everyday Heroes Awards are celebrated all over the country at which the American Red Cross honors people who personify our mission of service in local communities. To celebrate 100 Years of Service in Vermont, the American Red Cross and Co-Operative Insurance Companies will honor local heroes at the 2017 Everyday Heroes Awards on April 12, 2017.

summer -croppedSummer Stoutes – Tinmouth, VT – Rutland County

On the 5 year anniversary of her husband’s successful kidney cancer surgery, Summer saw a post online by a mother who was desperately trying to find a kidney donor for her 29 year old son. Summer knew what she had to do. She donated a kidney to a stranger, and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.


gregg cuGregg Laber – St. Albans, VT – Franklin County

Gregg is a volunteer for Vision Guatemala and has helped source, organize, and ship over 100 wheelchairs to the underprivileged in Guatemala. Gregg works as a community leader to engage local residents in helping to provide resources for people who are in need.


tess - CU for webTess Kennedy – Montpelier, VT – Washington County

Tess watched her husband “PeeWee” lose his life to cancer, and all the while was moved by how important blood donation is. Tess has turned her grief into advocacy and shares her story with friends and family to gain awareness for the need of blood and platelet donations. She says “Donate blood or platelets. It’s the single best thing you can do to help.”


Dr. Richard Bernstein – Jericho, VT – Chittenden Countyrichard - close cropped

After retiring, Dr. Richard Bernstein became an Advanced EMT for Richmond Rescue.  While there, Richard saw a need and started the Richmond Rescue Opiate Task force with a goal of providing a mobile needle exchange, training EMS providers, providing education at local schools, and working with the Richmond Police Department to have a year-round drug take-back program.


Steve Bova - CU for webOfficer Stephen Bova – Winooski, VT – Chittenden County

Officer Bova was one of the first responders of a two vehicle accident where one female operator needed medical assistance. Officer Bova began medical assessment and, when unable to detect a pulse, began to administer CPR. The rescue squad arrived and brought the patient to the emergency department. After follow up, the patient had made a full recovery and the emergency doctor had advised that CPR was responsible for her full recovery by keeping her body oxygenated.


The 2017 Everyday Heroes Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel Conference Center at 870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Ticket Price: Single ticket for $25, or a grouping of 8 tickets for $175.
Includes: admittance to the event, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Purchase tickets here:

For information on sponsoring or attending this heartwarming event, go to . Questions can be directed to Kevin at or at 802-660-9130.

The Media is invited to attend this event.

Everyday Heroes, Co-Operative Insurance Companies leadership, Red Cross leadership, volunteers, and community sponsors and supporters will be available for photos and interviews. Scheduled to attend:

All Everyday Heroes Award recipients
Maria Devlin – Regional CEO, American Red Cross
Kevin Mazuzan – Vermont Executive Director, American Red Cross
Stephanie Couturier – Chief Development Officer, American Red Cross
Lloyd Ziel – Chief Communications Officer, American Red Cross


This year’s event is presented by the American Red Cross with generous support from our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Co-operative Insurance Companies

Media Sponsor


Corporate Sponsors

Northeast Delta Dental

Community Sponsors


Mylan Technologies Inc.

PC Construction

Rutland Regional Medical Center

Vermont State Employee Credit Union

In Kind Sponsors

BAE Systems


Program Ad Sponsors

Liberty Mutual Group

Titus Insurance Agency


About Co-operative Insurance Companies:

Co-operative Insurance Companies are based in Middlebury, Vermont and have been meeting insurance needs since 1915. They are a member-owned, non-assessable co-operative committed to protecting farms, homes, autos and businesses through fast and fair claim service and local operations. They have an A.M. Best financial rating of A (excellent) and do business throughout Vermont and New Hampshire through a network of local insurance agents.  For more information, please visit

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at



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