LONG BEACH - The American Red Cross this week announced 10 heroes who will be honored at its annual Real Heroes Awards Banquet Saturday, March 27, at Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach beginning at 6 p.m.

Last year in South Bend nearly 100 community members attended this annual fundraising event for the local Red Cross. For information, call Rudy DeSwart at American Red Cross at (Raymond) 360-875-6012 or (Ilwaco) 642-5766.

Bob Ryan, board chairman of the local Red Cross chapter, said "At this heartwarming event the Red Cross recognizes the unsung heroes who have saved lives and made a difference in our community. The stories of this year's heroes are so touching that we're providing a box of Kleenex at each table, and I guarantee you'll need it!"

Peninsula Sanitation Service is the principle sponsor of the banquet this year. Hero Award sponsors are Weyerhaeuser and the Chinook Observer.

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