Thursday, August 19, 2004
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI a
nd The American Red Cross of RI Announce August's Community Hero -- Sharon Lombardo of Warren Recognized
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) and the American Red Cross of Rhode Island are
proud to honor Sharon Lombardo, the August recipient of the Community Heroes Award.
Nominated by the public, the award recognizes everyday people who have made a
significant, positive impact on individuals, families, organizations or entire communities in Rhode Island.
As the cheer coordinator for the Warren/Swansea Redskins, Sharon's typical 80
hour weeks are spent building confidence, self-esteem and teamwork, since she assumed her position just three years ago. This year, with her guidance, two of the
five squads have been invited to cheer at the National Championships in Walt Disney World.
Sharon will be acknowledged as August Community Hero in local newspapers and on WLNE-TV, Channel 6.
The Community Heroes program is a collaborative effort between the American Red
Cross of Rhode Island and BCBSRI. It's 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 nominated for spontaneous acts of heroism or for a long-term commitment to a friend, neighbor or
family member. To nominate someone for a Community Hero Award, call 459-1304 or go to www.riredcross.org or www.bcbsri.com and click on "In the Community."
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has been Rhode Island's leading health
insurer for 65 years and covers more than 660,000 residents. 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 from 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.