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Celebrate Santa Monica’s Community Heroes

The 27th Annual New Heroes Celebration, sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 5 p.m. in a virtual program. This event is an opportunity for the business community and City to welcome Santa Monica’s finest educators, firefighters, and police officers. 

Each year, Inspirational Heroes from Santa Monica are honored for their outstanding contributions and important work in the community. For the second year, the Chamber has added a special recognition of health care heroes as they have bravely served the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, saving, and protecting lives.

The program will honor health care heroes from UCLA Health, Kaiser and Providence, Lizzy Moore /Santa Monica College will be honored as the Educational Hero; and this year’s Young Inspirational Hero will be Isabella Carbonari from New Roads School, Santa Monica Fire Department Firefighter honoree is Captain Mike Fitzgerald, and the Santa Monica Police Department honoree is Officer Jayme Jacinto.  Health care hero honorees include the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center Security and Valet Team and Saint John’s Health Center Emergency Team.

“Welcoming our outstanding educators, police, fire fighters, and this year honoring our health care heroes, is something that no other community does,” Laurel Rosen, President of the Santa Monica Chamber said. “This event offers our community a chance to say thank you. These are our unsung heroes, and they deserve this recognition.” 

The program will open with a welcome from  Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich.  Senator Ben Allen, City Manager David White and Police Chief Ramon Batista will provide words of encouragement to the honorees and guests, during this challenging time. 

“We are deeply moved by the extraordinary contributions of these individuals, and I join the Santa Monica Chamber in celebrating their service,” said Senator Ben Allen. “It has been a challenging year for the City of Santa Monica and these vital organizations stepped up to care for us in our time of great need.”

Event sponsors include: Principal level: Harding Larmore Kutcher & Kozal LLP, Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, The Huntley Hotel, UCLA Medical Center; Chief level: SNAP, Santa Monica Place, Carlthorp School, Dee Menzies & Family, Kaiser Permanente; Captain level: Commercial Bank of California, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTA, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, New Roads School, the Police Officers Association, Santa Monica Firefighters, McCarthy and Fairmont Hotel.

Event sponsorships are still available. Funds raised support student scholarships provided through the Santa Monica Chamber Foundation. For tickets and event sponsorship details and more information, visit: http://smchamber.com/new-heroes-celebration/. View the video honoring 2020 Heroes.

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