It was an evening to recognize Hometown Heroes, those everyday people "who do extraordinary things."
It was also a time when 410 sponsors and supporters gathered for dinner at The Broadmoor and raised more than the final $22,000 for a $150,000 Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado.
The ERV is especially needed for Red Cross immediate response during a busy national and local time of hurricanes, wildfires, mass shootings, structure fires and mobilization of thousands of volunteers, said Executive Director Tom Gonzalez.
The Hometown Heroes had been introduced in stories in The Gazette.
Humanitarian of the Year Award: Chuck Murphy, tinyurl.com/ycsta323
Community Service Hero: James Schofield, tinyurl.com/y96vk4po
First Responder Organization: Colorado Springs Fire Department, tinyurl.com/y9n2x7fv
Youth Hero: Mackenzie Garcia, tinyurl.com/yaodabzy
Community Service Hero: Marilyn Vyzourek: tinyurl.com/y7k76zef
Animal Hero: Colorado Springs Police K-9 unit, tinyurl.com/ybel7pav
Community Partner Hero: Bob McLaughlin, Mount Carmel Veterans Service Center: tinyurl.com/yc7zfbox
Community Service Hero: Tiko Hardy and Ann-Marie Manning, tinyurl.com/y7ysy378
Military Hero: AFA Mountaineering Club, tinyurl.com/yc9m8kyf
Photo Gallery: gazette.com/life/around-town