ELIZABETH CITY, NC, March 28, 2013– More than 90 miles off the coast of Hatteras, NC amidst 30 foot waves and 60 mph winds caused by Hurricane Sandy, brave members of the US Coast Guard risked their lives to rescue crew members of the HMS Bounty after they were forced to abandon ship. Fourteen of the HMS Bounty crew was saved from the treacherous seas and airlifted back to mainland where the local Red Cross helped the survivors reconnect with their loved ones and provided them with lodging, food, clothing and emotional support.
To honor the heroism, courage and selflessness of this rescue mission, the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will pay tribute to the men and women of the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City at the Heroes Victory Celebration.
The Heroes Victory Celebration will be held on April 11th, 2013 at the Kermit E. White Center. Heroes’ fundraisers who raised $1,000 or more for the Red Cross Heroes Campaign will be invited to a private reception with the Coast Guard members from 6-7pm. After the private reception, the general public is invited to view the awards ceremony; doors will open at 6:45pm.
The Heroes Campaign is held during the month of March, in honor of presidentially declared, National Red Cross Month. Each year, the Red Cross honors real, local heroes in the community as part of the Heroes Campaign.
Heroes for the American Red Cross is a grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign that gives community members the chance to make a big, lasting difference by raising vital funds to help those in need. The goal for this year’s Heroes Campaign was to raise $25,000 to support the vital programs and services provided to the community by the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
To learn more about the Heroes Campaign and how you can get involved log on to redcross.org/encheroes or contact the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter at 252-335-2185.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.