Wilkes-Bare - The fifth annual Heroes Awards Breakfast benefiting the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday at the East Mountain Inn. Tickets for the event are $25 per person.
Tables of eight are $200. Personal Hero ads, which include an individual’s name and the name of a personal hero, are $50. Program book ads are $350, $175 and $100. Contact the chapter to purchase tickets at 570-823-7161.
Sponsors of the breakfast are Geisinger, M & T Bank and Medico Industries. Co-chairs of the event are Conrad Schintz, vice president, Geisinger Health Systems, and Bruce Gover, vice president, Wells Fargo Investments. Committee members are Mina Hontz, Edna Vivian, Cindy Garren and Sherry N. Williams, chapter executive.
The Spirit of Heroism Award is presented to an individual or group that reflects the mission of the Red Cross, saving lives and making a strong, positive impact on the safety of the community. Gina Pocceschi Boyle and Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosely, founders of Fallen Officers Remembered, will receive the award.
The Corporate Good Citizen will be presented to Lord & Taylor for its generous contributions to the American Red Cross, Ruth’s Place, Jonathan Grula Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Youth Center, Bennet House and Cancer Awareness.
Marge Bart, founder of Blue Chip Farms, will receive the Animal Rescue Award. Blue Chip Farms provides a sanctuary for animals that are abused, old, sick and strays. The farm does not participate in euthanasia.
Chief Mike Morresi, a Beaver Meadows officer, will receive the Law Enforcement Award for saving the life of a fifty-year old woman.
Hazleton Fire Chief Donald Leshko, a career firefighter, will receive the Fire Safety Award for his commitment to public safety and the safety of all firefighters.
Loretta Amico, Director of Surgical Services at Bucci Eye Surgery Center, will receive the Adult Good Samaritan Award for performing CPR on a parishioner at Our Lady of the Eucharist Church. Amico also applied the AED and continued CPR until paramedics arrived, saving the man’s life.
Adam Davidick and Ivan Berrios, both from Hazle Township, will also receive the Adult Good Samaritan Award for rescuing a wheelchair-bound man and his wife from a home fire.
Adrian Grieve, Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Emergency Services Officer, will speak about his recent Red Cross experience in Boston. Grieve, who has 17 years of advanced disaster response experience, has taught disaster education throughout the United States. While in Boston, he managed the Family Assistance Center in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
For more information, visit redcross.org or join the blog at http://blog.redcross.org.