Two members of the Santa Rosa Junior College community will be honored as education heroes at 15th annual Real Heroes Breakfast, presented by the American Red Cross of the California Northwest.

This year’s event honors 18 inspirational community members in 11 categories for their lasting impact on the community. The event takes place April 27 at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa. Registration will open at 7 a.m., and the program will run from 7:30-9 a.m.

Matt Markovich, athletic director at SRJC and dean of kinesiology, athletics and dance, and Stephanie Jarrett, manager of training and compliance, introduced the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence” event to SRJC in 2017. Approximately 350 students participated in a mile-long walk wearing high heels, then broke into discussion groups to have the often-difficult conversations about how to identify warning signs of sexual assaults, and how to be more active in preventing them.

A committee of local community leaders selected the 2018 California Northwest Red Cross Hero Award recipients based on the degree to which their acts of heroism uphold the values of the American Red Cross, and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties.

The Real Heroes Breakfast is a signature event in support of the lifesaving programs and emergency services the local chapter provides to the nearly one million residents in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties.

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