It's time to recognize those in the community who have made an impact.
Seneca County and Fostoria Red Cross chapters say they plan to honor local heroes at the sixth annual Everyday Heroes award luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25 at the Red Cross bingo hall.
Fostoria Fire Chief Keith Loreno is to be the event's guest speaker and Keith Hodkinson of Seneca County Radio is to serve as master of ceremonies for the luncheon. Food for the event is to be provided by Fostoria Pizza Palace.
The Everyday Heroes award luncheon is to give Seneca County residents a chance to recognize people who make a difference in the everyday lives of ordinary citizens through extraordinary acts of kindness and good citizenship.
"A true hero is someone who understands that with freedom comes a responsibility," said Donna McConahay, administrative assistant for Seneca County Red Cross.
"Heroes are people who do the right thing not because it is expected, but because it makes life better for people they live with, work with or come in contact with in their everyday life," said McConahay. "These are the Everyday Heroes who will be honored at our March 25 luncheon."
Tickets for the event are $10 and may be purchased by contacting the Seneca County Red Cross at (419) 447-1424 or the Fostoria Red Cross, 115 S. Main St., Fostoria, at (419) 435-5360. Tickets also are available from any Red Cross board member or volunteer.
In addition to recognizing community heroes and their accomplishments, the awards luncheon also serves as a fundraiser for Fostoria and Seneca County Red Cross chapters. Last year's event brought in about $5,000 to the Red Cross.
"This year, we would like to make the Heroes awards our biggest annual fundraiser," said Seneca County and Fostoria Red Cross executive director John Sherer.
Those interested in donating may contact the Seneca County or Fostoria Red Cross office.
Categories and sponsors for this year's awards are to include: animal welfare, public safety, community impact, senior, education, volunteerism, health care, work place, military, youth and a posthumous award.
Those who wish to nominate someone for an Everyday Hero Award may do so by contacting Fostoria or Tiffin Red Cross, or by visiting the chapters' Web site at www.arcross.org and clicking on the "Heroes" tab in the center of the page. Entry forms also are to be printed in The Advertiser-Tribune.