Monday, April 14, 2003
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI and the American
Red Cross of RI Honor Two Community Heroes
Community Heroes are Everyday Rhode Islanders that Impact Our Community
Providence, R.I., April 14, 2003 – The American Red Cross of Rhode Island and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
Rhode Island (BCBSRI) today announced its selection of two extraordinary Rhode Islanders, Mary E. O'Rourke of Wakefield and Sandra Hope McKenzie of Jamestown
as the April recipients of the Community Heroes Award. The award recognizes the good works of "everyday people" who have made significant, positive impacts on
individuals, families, organizations or entire communities in Rhode Island.
Mary O'Rourke was selected for her ten years of service to the Big Sisters of Rhode
Island and for her mentoring of young people. During the past six years, she's been a faithful Big Sister to young women, supporting them through many experiences.
O'Rourke has also been involved in other aspects of the organization including fundraising, working with the media and making personal contacts with donors to thank them for their generosity.
Sandra MacKenzie has dedicated many years of her life to providing nutritional and
medical assistance to citizens in need. Among her many volunteer activities, she has assisted at the Free Medical Clinic in Providence, provided healthcare in
Honduras and sought donations for the RI Food Bank. She is also a Foster Mom for the "Save the Orangutan" program, a blood and pheresis donor and an Advanced
Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support instructor.
Both winners will be recognized during the month of April in an advertising campaign in print and on WLNE-TV, Channel 6. An awards breakfast will take place in June.
The Community Heroes program is a collaborative effort between the American Red
Cross of Rhode Island and BCBSRI. It is designed to recognize Rhode Islanders who care enough to make a difference. Community Heroes can be everyday citizens,
local firefighters, police, or emergency responders. They can be honored for spontaneous acts of heroism (such as saving someone from drowning) or for an
effort over time (such as reading to an elderly neighbor on a regular basis). To nominate someone for a community hero award, call 459-1304, or go to www.riredcross.org or to www.bcbsri.org and click on "In the Community". Similar
awards will be made each month.
To nominate someone for a community hero award, call 459-1304, or go to www.riredcross.org or to www.bcbsri.org and click on "In the Community". Similar
awards will be made each month.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, has been the state's leading health
insurer for 64 years and now covers more than 650,000 customers. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers provide emergency food, clothing
and shelter each year to more than 1,000 Rhode Islanders who suffer a house fire or other disaster. All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge. The
American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations to fund its work.