Do you know a hero? Someone who took extraordinary action to save a life or perform an unselfish and extraordinary act for a family member, friend, co-worker or a stranger? An act that changed a person’s destiny, or made a community impact.
If so, then submit that person’s name by Monday, June 20 to the American Red Cross, giving them a chance to be honored at the 2022 Long Island Heroes Among Us gala set for Thursday, Sept. 22.
To be eligible, that person’s heroic or courageous action needs to have taken place between July 1 last year, and the end of this past May 30. Nominees need to live in either Nassau or Suffolk counties, and agree to complete a criminal background check administered by the Red Cross if selected.
Those who move forward in the selection process will share their heroic story on video, and receive the Heroes Award at the gala. They’ll also have a chance to talk to reporters, and gain some much-deserved publicity for what they accomplished.
“Long Islanders represent the best of this country,” said Jose Dominguez, American Red Cross on Long Island’s chief executive. “We are proud to shine a light on one of our exceptional neighbors from Nassau or Suffolk counties, an everyday hero — or a group of individuals who acted together — whose actions made a life-changing difference in someone’s life.”
Heroes are expected to be chosen by the end of July. A preferred hero and two alternate heroes will be selected, that way if one ultimately declines to be honored, organizers will reach out to the runner-up.
The Sept. 22 gala begins at 6 p.m., at the Oheka Castle, 135 W. Gate Drive, Huntington. Individual tickets start at $400.
To nominate a potential Long Island hero, go to tinyurl.com/RedCrossLIHero.
To purchase tickets or to become a gala sponsor, visit tinyurl.com/RedCrossGala.