Heroes can emerge through a sudden act of courage or over time, in an accumulation of good deeds. The entire range of heroism is represented in this year's 10th annual Heroes Breakfast, hosted by the Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross.
From those who have made an example of steady, selfless contribution to their fellow citizens to one man who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving others, this year's group of heroes is proof that the best in human nature is alive and well.
This year's 11 honorees are being feted today at the annual breakfast at the CoCo Key Hotel in Danvers. Here's a look at who they are and what they've done.
Beverly Rotary Club
Construction of the gazebo on Beverly Common and restoration of the Carriage House at Lynch Park have benefited from Beverly Rotary's commitment to improving public facilities. Club support has also gone to education, helping provide Beverly High School with a scoreboard and a new turf field. The club regularly sponsors the high school band, awards student scholarships and provides exchange opportunities. Every year, Rotary provides books to third-graders throughout Beverly.
Rotary has supported community services, sponsoring a safety campaign for the Police Department and raising money for a Red Cross emergency response vehicle and a refrigerated food delivery truck for Beverly Bootstraps. They also secured a bus for the Beverly Children's Learning Center.
In addition to their collective contributions, club members have given generously of their time to community service, whether serving as board members or painting facilities for local organizations.
Hard times are especially tough on seniors. But thanks to the leadership of Director Roseann Robillard, those served by the Newburyport Council on Aging are luckier than most. Whether using her own car to provide transportation or addressing problems as they arise at any hour of the day, every day of the week, there's nothing routine about Robillard's commitment.