The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago announced their 2011 class of local heroes, two of whom live in Evanston. These individuals will be honored at the charity’s annual Heroes Breakfast on April 14, 2011. To purchase tickets to the event, please contact chicagofd@usa.redcross.org or call (312) 729-6138. 

The 2011 American Red Cross Heroes of Evanston 

Daniel Coyne of Evanston, IL will receive the Adult Good Samaritan Award for donating his kidney to Myra, his favorite grocery store clerk. Mr. Coyne wanted to show his two children the importance of helping others in need. Daniel and Myra successfully underwent the procedures in May. Daniel has since been a true hero in the eyes of Myra and her family. 

Charna Epstein of Evanston, IL will receive the Disaster Relief Award for providing endless relief and support to disaster victims. She organizes disaster relief groups, oversees the implementation of programs, raises funds and builds relationships with disaster survivors. 

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Heroes Breakfast is presented by Illinois Tool Works Inc. Aon serves as this year’s Heroes Breakfast sponsor. Hero Award sponsors include Aramark, CDW, Harris Bank, Motorola Solutions Foundation, NES Rentals, Inc., Northern Trust, PwC, USG Corporation and W.W. Grainger, Inc. Other sponsors include Abbott, Allstate Insurance Company, ComEd, The Crown Family, Huron Consulting Group and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. 

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago serves more than 8.6 million people in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties through the support and generous contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, and the United Way.  For more information, call 312-729-6100 or visit www.chicagoredcross.org.