CANCELED: Hometown Heroes Breakfast

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Concerns over COVID-19 nationally and in Massachusetts have prompted the Red Cross to cancel four planned Heroes Breakfasts events scheduled in Massachusetts this March and April.

Each year, the Red Cross accepts nominations from the public and recognizes nominees who go above and beyond in service to others, exemplifying the spirit of the Red Cross mission. The Red Cross is communicating with media partner, 22News-WWLP and The Springfield CW to facilitate the broadcast around each hero story and potentially the hero sponsors.

The events where scheduled to take place in Danvers, Hyannis, Springfield and Worcester. The State of Emergency issued by Governor Baker on March 10 and the call for social distancing nationwide are cause for the events cancelation.

“It pains us to make this difficult decision,” said Holly Grant, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in the Massachusetts Region. “Our Chapter boards and Heroes Breakfast planning committees have worked so hard to identify individuals whose acts of courage inspire us as and embody the work of the American Red Cross in communities across The Commonwealth. Our heroes have a powerful stories to tell, and we will share them.”

The Red Cross will share videos of select heroes whom it will honor on our webpage and on Red Cross of Massachusetts social media channels.

Among the more than 60 organization supporting the four breakfasts are Arabella Insurance, National Grid and Windward Trading. “The Red Cross simply cannot serve the people of Massachusetts as tirelessly as we do without the support of major sponsors, we are truly indebted to them,” said Grant. “Our sponsors’ support also allows the Red Cross to implement new training and cleaning standards so our disaster responders are ready to work in communities affected by COVID-19.”

Heroes Breakfasts are an annual gathering of Red Cross supporters in key communities across the state. At these high-profile gatherings, Red Cross leaders honor individuals who demonstrate extraordinary acts of courage that exemplify the American Red Cross mission of elevating human suffering in the face of emergency.

The four breakfasts were scheduled on:

  1. Tuesday, March 24, 2020: Beechwood Hotel, Worcester MA
  2. Thursday, March 26, 2020: Double Tree North Shore, Danvers, MA
  3. Friday, April 3, 2020: Hyannis Resort and Conference Center, Hyannis, MA
  4. Thursday, April 9: MGM Springfield, Springfield, MA

For information visit www.redcross.org/massachusetts

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