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Heroes Among Us nominations


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‘Heroes Among Us' Event Seeks Community Nominations


With the catastrophic events of 2008 in Iowa, heroes are everywhere.  Some saved lives; others pulled people from wreckage or rescued people from rising waters.  Some brought food; others gave their time or even their home to someone without a home.  The Sartori Health Care Foundation and Covenant Foundation's "Heroes Among Us" Awards Breakfast is the perfect place to recognize these individuals.

Nominations are being accepted for this joint venture to honor local heroes as well as benefit the emergency services departments at both Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls.  The 2008 Heroes will be honored for their heroism on March 26, 2009 at Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls.

The public is encouraged to nominate individuals or groups who they feel risked their lives, who's done something extraordinary for a group or organization or demonstrated exceptional courage, compassion and unselfish character this past year. The heroic act must have occurred during the calendar year of 2008.

 "Living through a natural disaster makes you cherish even more all those around you," said Alyssa Becthold, Nashua resident and Event Co-chair.  "My family and I took shelter in Janesville when the tornado swept though Parkersburg.  Then, only a week or so later the floods hit my community of Nashua.  It was an unbelievable moment in time to watch so many come together for their neighbors.  Lives, homes, communities being saved by heroes.  Heroes Among Us is a great way to recognize these people."

Nomination categories include: public safety (firefighter, law enforcement, security officers, 911 dispatchers, part-time or volunteer);  Good Samaritan (youth 20 and under); Good Samaritan (adult 21+); community service (individual or group); medical/health care (physicians, nurses, EMT, paramedics or caregiver); military (active duty, reserve, guard, individual or group); nature (nature rescue or environmental efforts); animal (heroic acts involving an animal); work place safety (heroic act in a workplace). Each award presented is sponsored by a corporate donor.  Video vignettes of each hero's story will be shown at the breakfast.



Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 2, 2009. Nominations can be placed online at http://www.covheath.com or forms may be picked up at the Sartori Memorial Hospital and Covenant Medical Center front desks or foundation offices. 

Proceeds from previous events have helped put a new ambulance on the streets serving the Cedar Valley as well as put new radios in the hands of paramedics. 

Table sponsorships are limited and going fast.  Individual tickets for the event will be sold to the general public for $20 per ticket.

Covenant Foundation, Inc. exists to "develop friends and resources for Covenant Medical Center." As the charitable fund-raising arm of the hospital, the Foundation seeks to bring together the gifts and resources of the community to help meet the healthcare needs of those who are served in all areas of the hospital. The mission of Sartori Health Care Foundation is to develop and maintain relationships and resources to enhance the quality of healthcare for the people served by Sartori Memorial Hospital. The Sartori Health Care Foundation creates an environment that supports, promotes, stimulates, and acknowledges Sartori Hospital for its quality care.

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