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Celebrate Tri-State heroes at Red Cross banquet

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Everyone is invited to take part in the 12th Annual American Red Cross Heroes Banquet on May 16.

The Red Cross says they will be honoring heroes who have done extraordinary things in the Tri-State.

Thanks to nominations from the community, the Red Cross has selected heroes in 9 different categories for the 2013 Heroes Awards Banquet. These heroes have made lasting impressions on individuals' lives, dedicated themselves to the community and have literally saved lives.

The Red Cross says awards will be presented in the following categories: First Responder, Role Model, Educator, Military, Volunteer, and more.

"This year's award winners have gone above and beyond in our community to help make the Tri-State area a better place to live and we encourage the community to purchase tickets to hear their inspirational stories," said Amy Canterbury, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross.

Those in attendance will also hear from keynote speaker Michael Hingson. Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author and international lecturer. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog Roselle.

In addition, the Red Cross will also give $250 gift cards to four students who entered an essay contest and wrote about their heroes.

"We had hundreds of submissions, and four deserving students from the Tri-State will be honored for their hard work," added Canterbury.

The Heroes Banquet is also a celebration of the funds the community has helped raise to ensure Red Cross services continue every day – 24 hours a day.  This year's campaign goal is $200,000.

The Red Cross says the deadline to purchase tickets for the Heroes Banquet is Wednesday, May 8.

You can purchase tickets or help support the Red Cross Heroes Campaign by visiting www.redcross.org/tristate or by calling 812-471-7200.

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