American Red Cross Seeking Nominees for Heroes Recognition Event

Heroes_WebBannerSACRAMENTO, Calif., Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – The American Red Cross Gold Country Region is seeking out the local heroes of Sacramento and Yolo counties to be honored at the annual Heroes Recognition luncheon – to be held on Friday, January 22 in Woodland.

The Red Cross is asking community members to nominate individuals who they consider heroes. Do you know someone that who has demonstrated an act(s) of heroism in the last year? Now is your chance to place them in the spotlight. Submit the story of your hero and why they should be recognized.

Candidates for nomination can be anyone that lives or works in Sacramento, Yolo  and Placer counties who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to exhibit a true act of selflessness. There are seven different categories for nomination including adult and young good Samaritans, animal rescue, first responder, workplace, military and all-around Red Cross hero.

The Heroes event is an opportunity to not only honor those who are not ordinarily recognized for their courage, but also offer an opportunity to recognize the bravery that surrounds us and our communities everyday.

The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s event is Thursday, December 3, 2015. Nominations can be filled out and submitted online at

Raley’s Customers Contribute more than $74,000 to Tornado Relief Effort

~Donations Going to American Red Cross and Salvation Army for Oklahoma Victims~

L to R – Kathleen Weis, Red Cross Capital Region CEO; Jennifer Teel-Wolter, Raley’s Community Relations Manager; Major Lisa Dickinson, Salvation Army Del Oro Division Commander

On Monday, August 12, 2013, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores announced that $74,220.44 was raised in just four weeks through its Food For Families collection boxes that were designated for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief effort during the month of June. Continue reading Raley’s Customers Contribute more than $74,000 to Tornado Relief Effort

Kathleen Weis Appointed Chief Executive Officer of American Red Cross Capital Region

kathleen2After an extensive search, the American Red Cross Capital Region has announced Kathleen Weis as its new Regional Chief Executive Officer, effective August 6. Weis has served as Interim CEO since March of this year and had been serving as Chief Operating Officer for the Region since 2010.

“It is a tremendous honor to represent the American Red Cross and to lead this team of dedicated staff and volunteers,” said Weis. “The Capital Region has a long and proud history of supporting those impacted by disaster, both in our local communities, across the nation, and around the world. I look forward to continuing in that tradition of excellence, representing the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross and continuing to build a region which sets the standard for delivery of Red Cross services.” Continue reading Kathleen Weis Appointed Chief Executive Officer of American Red Cross Capital Region

Red Cross Survey Finds People Unclear about How to Stay Safe in Water

watersafetyEven though nearly two-thirds of families with small children plan on swimming in areas without lifeguards this summer, many people don’t know the right thing to do in water emergencies or how to keep their loved ones safe in the water, according to a new American Red Cross poll.

The survey findings show that people mistakenly believe some steps such as having a swimming buddy or flotation device will keep them safe. For example, while the Red Cross recommends that people always swim with a buddy in designated swimming areas supervised by lifeguards, buddies alone are not enough to keep swimmers safe. Continue reading Red Cross Survey Finds People Unclear about How to Stay Safe in Water