The American Red Cross of Fairfield and Hocking Counties is seeking nominations for its ninth annual Heroes Breakfast, which will be held Feb. 14 at the Eagles Event Center, 1936 E. Main St., Lancaster.

The American Red Cross of Fairfield and Hocking Counties is seeking nominations for its ninth annual Heroes Breakfast, which will be held Feb. 14 at the Eagles Event Center, 1936 E. Main St., Lancaster.

For nearly a decade, the local chapter of the American Red Cross has sought to honor people in various walks of life who are making an impact on their communities.

This year is no different, and the Red Cross is accepting nominations for its 2012 Heroes Breakfast through Dec. 15.

Nomination forms are available at the Red Cross Chapter House, 121 W. Mulberry Street, Lancaster, or online at www.fairfieldcountyohio.redcross.org.

Nominations also can be made by calling the Red Cross at (740) 687-5585.

From there, an independent panel of community and business leaders in Fairfield and Hocking counties will review the applications for such categories as Workplace Hero, Youth Hero, Health Care Hero, Education Hero, Community Hero, Public Safety Hero and Senior Adult Hero.

“The Heroes Breakfast gives us the opportunity to recognize heroes and raise them up in a forum not done anywhere else,” said Jeff Miller, executive director of the local Red Cross chapter. “It’s done for the community to reach out and say, ‘Thanks,’ particularly the Red Cross.

“We look to honor people who have done something in a significant way,” he added. “There are everyday heroes who have just gone the extra mile.”

In addition to recognizing those who save or enrich lives in their communities, the Heroes Breakfast also is the local Red Cross chapter’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

Money generated from event sponsors, as well as those who reserve tables or buy individual tickets, goes to support the Red Cross’ ongoing education and assistance programs. Approximately 375 people attend the breakfast each year.

“The Heroes Breakfast has been adopted by Red Cross organizations across the country as the signature event for fundraising,” Miller said. “We fill the Eagles to capacity.

“It’s a tear-jerker event. Some of the stories are happy and some are sad.”

Tickets for eight-person tables, as well as individual seats, are still available through the Red Cross.

Table reservations are $275 and individual tickets are available for $25 each.

Those reservations can be made on the Red Cross website or by calling the organization.

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