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Haslam family, Cleveland Browns, honored by American Red Cross

The owners of the Cleveland Browns, the Haslam family, was honored by the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio.

CLEVELAND — As a part of its annual Northeast Ohio Hero Awards, the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio honored the Haslam family and the Cleveland Browns with the Community Leader Award on Wednesday.

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In a release, the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio said that the Haslam family earned the award "for serving the Northeast Ohio community with outstanding leadership, vision and a commitment to the health and well-being of the region." Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam accepted the award as a part of a virtual ceremony, which honored local residents, organizations and frontline workers who have shown courage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can watch the full presentation here. The Haslams are featured at the 39-minute mark.

Last March, the Haslam family announced that it had donated $1.5 million to coronavirus relief efforts in Ohio. As a part of the donation, $1 million was earmarked for the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which aims to aid the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.  The other $500,000 was sent to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, which assists non-profit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so.

“We are humbled by the tremendous work of people around the world in their efforts to help those impacted by COVID-19 and we wanted to try to positively impact those affected in our own communities of Cleveland and Columbus,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement at the time of the donation. “We are grateful for the individuals who are putting others before themselves and for the sacrifices they are making.”