American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Spirit of the Hero breakfast: Youth Good Samaritan Hero Award

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The American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Chapter, which covers Adams, Franklin, Fulton, and York Counties, honored 16 people with nine different awards during the 14th Annual Spirit of the Hero Award Breakfast held at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Recipients were honored for their heroic and, or selfless acts that improve our communities and show all of us that not all heroes wear capes.

Youth Good Samaritan Hero Award:

Emmah Bowers, a senior at New Oxford High School, loves to dance. A longtime student of the Unabashed School of Dance in Hanover, Bowers decided she wanted to share her passion for dance with others – especially children with special needs.

So, with the support of the dance studio, Bowers started First Position, a distinctive free dance program designed to inspire special needs children in trying something new in a warm and inviting climate. Over 20 students took part in this year’s classes, which ran from June through August and covered ballet techniques, jazz, and contemporary movement. The sessions culminated with a special showcase, complete with costumes, where the students were able to demonstrate what they learned throughout the summer.

Bowers shows us that all people can be a part of something great if they are given the support they need to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.


Emmah Bowers


Eileen Beth Mitchell-Schwartz


Todd Rutter (Rutter’s)

Grayce Langheine (Turkey Hill)

Jason McSherry (Memorial Hospital)

Source: American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania