Bunni and Rick Benaron founded The Hero In You Foundation, which seeks to educate youth through emergency preparedness and honor the first responders that help keep us safe.
Following a string of tragedies, starting with the events of September 11, 2001, Bunni Benaron, a former elementary school teacher and daughter of a nurse, saw a special need to recognize first responders in the community, while encouraging youth to want to be the next generation of heroes.
The Benarons provide financial support for The Hero In You Foundation and are the leaders in building out robust R. Hero programs nationwide (and abroad) including the R. Hero Rules for Safety educational series. Children can learn what to do in an emergency through this online, animated video series featuring Rocket, accompanying coloring books and interactive Skype program.
The R. Hero Rules for Safety program has been utilized by the American Red Cross and Los Angeles Public Library, among others.
Six-foot tall R. Hero sculptures can be found across the country at fire stations, children’s hospitals, libraries, parks and children’s museums. With these installations, children and their parents, caregivers and teachers have a visual reminder and conversation starter about the traits of a hero – respect, honor, bravery and compassion for others.
The Hero In You Foundation, founded and supported by Bunni and Rick Benaron, is dedicated to honoring first responders and inspiring youth to be heroes in their own lives.