The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is honoring the city of Santa Monica’s Office of Emergency Management along with other area businesses and individuals as “heroes” for their exemplary work in promoting emergency preparedness.

The Heroes awards will be presented at the Red Cross’ second annual Heroes Breakfast Thursday at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles.

The fundraising and recognition event honors local businesses and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding community leadership by taking an active role in disaster preparedness.

Actor, comedian and television personality David Spade will receive the 2011 National Heroes Award. Spade is a member of the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet, and most recently provided financial support to help the Red Cross serve those impacted by the tornadoes that ripped across the Midwest and Southeast a few months ago.

Additional 2011 Community Heroes honorees include Los Angeles City (District 9) Councilwoman Jan Perry, Forever 21, Panda Restaurant Group and The Walt Disney Company for their continuing support of Red Cross disaster relief efforts.

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