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: http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/everyday-heroes-vt

For information on sponsoring or attending this heartwarming event, go to http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/everyday-heroes-vt . Questions can be directed to Kevin at Kevin.Mazuzan@redcross.org 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

MyNBC5 – WPTZ

Corporate Sponsors

Northeast Delta Dental

Community Sponsors

Comcast

Mylan Technologies Inc.

PC Construction

Rutland Regional Medical Center

Vermont State Employee Credit Union

In Kind Sponsors

BAE Systems

Comcast

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 co-opinsurance.com.

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 redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

 

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Announcing the Winners – American Red Cross 2017 Everyday Heroes Awards in New Hampshire

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Unitil Proudly Sponsors Event Honoring Extraordinary New Hampshire Citizens

The New Hampshire and Vermont Region of the American Red Cross and Unitil are once again honoring heroes in New Hampshire 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 and help in local communities. To celebrate 100 Years of Service in New Hampshire, the American Red Cross will honor local heroes at the 2017 Everyday Heroes Awards on March 1, 2017.

Everyday heroes are all around us – the good Samaritan who intervenes when someone is in an accident, or the watchful neighbor seeing a need in a community. These awards shine light on selflessness of heart and heroism of character.

Maria Devlin, CEO for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont said, “People who make it their business to serve others in their community are the embodiment of the Red Cross Mission. We want to honor people who serve as examples for the rest of us. They truly are heroes.”

The 2017 Everyday Heroes Award winners to be honored on March 1st are as follows:

Dylan CummingsNashua, NH- Dylan saw a shuttle van crash outside the dealership where he works. He ran to the van to find the driver unresponsive. He helped the passenger out of the van, yelled for his coworkers to help him remove the driver who was suffering from cardiac arrest. He called for someone to bring an AED device as he began CPR on the driver. When more help arrived, Dylan took control of the scene clearing debris so first responders could access the scene.

The Tremblay Family– Manchester, NH- Erin and Derek Tremblay were awaiting the birth of their second child when doctors instructed Erin to report to the hospital due to a concern about her blood. Erin delivered a healthy baby girl but complications that followed necessitated her being moved to intensive care at a Boston hospital. She spent 10 days in the ICU during which time she received 50 units of blood to stabilize her. Now blood donor advocates, the Tremblays not only give blood and host blood drives, but they also share their story to motivate and inspire others to do the same.

Bev McKinley– Enfield, NH- Recognizing that the large number of homeless residents in the Upper Valley region of VT and NH were often overlooked, Bev McKinley founded the Silent Warriors in 2013 as a grass roots effort to address homelessness.  Initially, Bev was able to provide 100 sleeping bags and 20 tents, but now, thanks to the financial support of donors, she has container storage and collects and distributes sleeping bags, tents, and personal hygiene items and kits that government programs don’t provide, giving the recipients self-esteem and hope.

Melissa Lee– Franklin, NH- Melissa Lee serves as the coordinator of “Senior Safety Day,” a partnership between LRGHealthcare and 14 fire departments in the Lakes region in New Hampshire. Melissa facilitates the procurement of the smoke alarms, batteries, and other safety devices and recruits local fire department staff and volunteers to install these devices in area homes. Melissa’s work and leadership reduces the risk of injuries and gives residents peace of mind in knowing how to live more safely in their homes.

Girl Scout Troop 20001– Auburn, NH- The girls of Girl Scout Troop 20001 saw a need, and did something about it. The troop wanted to find a way for every kid, including those who are too shy to speak up, to find a friend, so they purchased and installed a buddy bench. But soon after its installation, the bench was defaced and had to be removed. When word got out, a local citizen started a GoFundMe page on their behalf. Money is coming in, and soon a new bench will be installed with the hope that no kid will be lonely on the playground.

Our presenting sponsor Unitil will receive the American Red Cross Corporate Hero Award for their continued support of Everyday Heroes in New Hampshire.

Unitil – American Red Cross Corporate Hero Award – Unitil’s commitment to stronger, safer communities aligns with the Mission of the American Red Cross. For the past few years, Unitil has proudly partnered with American Red Cross regions in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. In addition to hosting Red Cross blood drives and partnering with the Red Cross during major events to help reach the affected public with preparedness, safety, and restoration information, Unitil serves as a prominent sponsor of the Everyday Heroes events in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. By working together, Unitil and the American Red Cross can better serve the people who depend on them when emergencies arise.

The 2017 Everyday Heroes Awards will be presented on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Grappone Conference Center at 70 Constitution Ave., Concord, NH 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: http://www.redcross.org/local/nhvt/everyday-heroes-nh

For information on sponsoring or attending this heartwarming event, go to http://www.redcross.org/local/nhvt/everyday-heroes-nh . Questions can be directed to Shannon at Shannon.meaney@redcross.org or at 603-225-6697 ext. 212.

 

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New Hampshire Blood Donation Opportunities Apr. 1-15, 2016

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

MANCHESTER, NH (March 15, 2016) —The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.

More than 3 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. The Red Cross salutes these volunteer blood donors who helped fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to roll up a sleeve and join them.

Kathy Huey became a donor after encouragement from her husband, who has given more than 11 gallons of blood. “I love the fact that I’m helping others by giving a little bit of my time,” she said. “It’s simple and easy and helps save lives – what could be better?”

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

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Vermont Blood Donation Opportunities Apr. 1-15, 2016

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

BURLINGTON, VT (March 15, 2016) —The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.

More than 3 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. The Red Cross salutes these volunteer blood donors who helped fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to roll up a sleeve and join them.

Kathy Huey became a donor after encouragement from her husband, who has given more than 11 gallons of blood. “I love the fact that I’m helping others by giving a little bit of my time,” she said. “It’s simple and easy and helps save lives – what could be better?”

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

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Vermont Blood Donation Opportunities Mar. 16-31, 2016

Be a hero and donate blood during Red Cross Month

BURLINGTON, VT (Feb. 29, 2016) – During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross invites individuals to become everyday heroes by giving blood.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities, helping to prepare for and bringing help and hope after emergencies.

For more than 30 years, blood donor Sherri Kay has been helping the Red Cross fulfill its lifesaving mission. “Knowing that I help to save lives and make a difference through the Red Cross is one of the most significant things that I do,” she said.

Heroes of all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply this spring. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

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New Hampshire Blood Donation Opportunities Mar. 16-31, 2016

Be a hero and donate blood during Red Cross Month

MANCHESTER, NH (Feb. 29, 2016) – During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross invites individuals to become everyday heroes by giving blood.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities, helping to prepare for and bringing help and hope after emergencies.

For more than 30 years, blood donor Sherri Kay has been helping the Red Cross fulfill its lifesaving mission. “Knowing that I help to save lives and make a difference through the Red Cross is one of the most significant things that I do,” she said.

Heroes of all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply this spring. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

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