GALLIPOLIS — In a joint effort to recognize community members who have supported the region through their good will and volunteerism, the Gallia County chapter of the American Red Cross and the Gallipolis Daily Tribune will sponsor a breakfast ceremony Friday, June 22, in honor of the recently named recipients of the 2012 Everyday Heroes awards.
Ten people were selected for the 2012 Everyday Heroes award during the committee meeting that was held at the end of May. The award recipients, who span a variety of categories, are as follows:
Billy C. Campbell, Military Hero; Polly Wetherholt, Senior Hero; Cliff and Fran Richie, Community Heroes; Jim Eutsler, Fire Hero; Dot Neutzling, Blood Volunteer Hero; David Clay, Blood Donor Hero; Gracie Hoffman, Youth Hero; Lisa Richie, Education Hero; Kody Lambert, Good Samaritan Hero; and Tommy Wright, Law Enforcement Hero.
The Gallia County chapter of the American Red Cross participates in several events and fundraisers throughout the year, but Everyday Heroes, now in its fourth year, is their biggest. The money that is collected from the fundraisers stays in Gallia County and goes toward disaster relief efforts for area victims — providing shelter, clothing, food and other necessities.
“It has been a great event to honor those that go beyond to help others,” said the Betty Beggrow, director of the Gallia County Red Cross.
The ceremonial breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Gallia County Senior Resource Center, with volunteers serving those in attendance.
Stephanie Filson, managing editor of Ohio Valley Publishing group, which includes the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
“Those of us at the Tribune are honored to help recognize those in the community who give their time and resources so freely to help others,” said Filson. “Our partnership with the Gallia County Red Cross in this effort is something we look forward to all year. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to shine a light on such positive news in our community.”
Tickets for the breakfast are $10 and can be purchased by contacting the American Red Cross at (740) 446-8555 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be picked up at the Gallipolis Red Cross office located at 417 Second Avenue. Those interested in attending are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible, as the event has sold out in past years.
Those interested in volunteering for the American Red Cross can contact the office for more information.
Editor’s note: More indepth biographies of the 2012 award winners will be published throughout the coming week in the Gallipolis Daily Tribune.