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Heart of the Community Guest House to be named after Wand Whitten

An exciting announcement was made at the 2015 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor on February 14th...  The Heart of Community Board of Governors unanimously voted to re-name the Heart House as:  The Wanda J. Whitten Heart of the Community Guest House.    

Wanda has worked at Redmond nearly 43 years (literally, before the hospital officially opened its doors).  She has also coordinated the Heart of the Community event and Board activities for nearly 10 years.  The Heart House was built by funds raised through the Heart of the Community Foundation.


As you see Wanda, please congratulate her on this honor.  Saturday night was a complete surprise to her and to most everyone in attendance.  We will hold an official Dedication Ceremony later in the Spring.  More details to come!


Congratulations again, Wanda!!!



Photo Credits:  Ashley Phillips Photography

Heart of the Community Foundation presents donations

At the Heart of the community Awards of Honor event on Feb. 14, 2015, the Heart of the Community Foundation presented donations to the following agencies.

In the picture LtoR
Sammy Rich,         Chairman of Heart of the Community Foundation

Tammy Bryant     Special Populations Director, Rome, Floyd Parks and Recreation Department.

Scott McCreless    Director of YMCA

Williams James      Director  Summit Quest Adventures

J.R. Davis                  Director  Boys and Girls Club

Sam Moss                Chairman of the South Rome Redevelopment Center

Trails for the Heart Walk, Cycle, Paddle Event 2015
Heart of the Community Award Recipients Announced

Eight local ”unsung heroes”, Chris Carey, Ali Freeman, Ruth Forrester, Evelyn Hamilton, Randy Quick,  Coosa Valley Credit Union, Darlington School and Board of Governor’s Honoree, Dr. J. Paul Ferguson have been selected as the recipients of the 2015 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.  These eight honorees will be recognized on February 14 at the 29th annual “Affair of the heart.” The theme for this year is “Loving Hearts, Helping Hands.” These awards are sponsored each year by Redmond Regional Medical Center and produced by the heart of the Community Board of Governors.



For more information, Wanda Whitten, at 706 802-3924.

Heart of the Community Chairman 2014-2015

Heart of the Community Chairman Announced


Sammy Rich has been appointed Chairman of the Heart of the Community Foundation Board of Governors for 2014-2015.


The “Heart of the Community Awards” recognition program is sponsored by Redmond Regional Medical Center and the Heart of the Community Foundation, Inc. to honor local citizens for their volunteer service to our community.  Recipients of the award are honored at a black tie gala,” An Affair of the Heart.”  The 29th annual event will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Forum.


Proceeds from the event will be designated for heart education and safety programs in the Rome and Floyd County community.  Previously funded projects have included the Heart House for families of critically ill patients on the Redmond campus, AED units in public facilities in Rome, a Par fitness course at Ridge Ferry Park, a serenity garden at Redmond and exercise equipment at the Thornton Recreation Center in Armuchee.


Sammy holds a B.S. Degree in Geography and Planning and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of West Georgia.  Having worked in local government since 1998, he previously held the position of Assistant City Manager of Rome, Assistant Manager for Floyd County, County Planner for Carroll County and Urban Planning Engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. In July 2014, Sammy began his new job as City Manager of Rome to replacing retiring City Manager, John Bennett.


Additionally, he is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Georgia City-County Manager’s Association and the International City-County Manager’s Association. He holds the ICMA Credentialed Manager designation from the International City-County Management Association.


He and his wife, Jessica, have two boys, Aiden, age 12; and Noel Henry, age 9.  Sammy and his family are members of First Baptist Church of Rome and love to spend time enjoying Rome’s outdoor trails and recreational amenities.


Additional Heart of the Community Foundation Board members who assist in the event and the mission of the Foundation include: Harry Brock, Lisa Butler, Tony Daniel, Mary Kate Fuller, Emily Hjort, Lisa Ingram, Jordan Knight, Jon Lewis, Holly Lynch, Rebekah Montgomery, Kimberly Moseley, Dr. Tim Naddy, Michelle Picon, Sammy Rich, Rachel Rogers, Steve Whiteand, Gretta Wilson.


For More Event Information, Contact: Wanda Whitten, Event Coordinator (706) 802-3924






December 16, 2013-The Heart of the Community Foundation donated $30,000 to local trail advocacy group TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) for the Redmond Trail Project. The money will be used for the 1.5 mile trail that will be the first trail to connect Summerville Park neighborhood to downtown Rome.

Julie Smith, TRED President, said, “With the partnership between TRED and Heart of the Community, this project is one step closer to becoming a reality.  Extending the Heritage Trail network for residents and visitors is one of the goals of TRED as well as creating trails that give options for transportation and recreation. We hope this is the first of a great relationship between TRED and the Heart of the Community Foundation.”

Board Chair Mark Webb, commented on the donation, “We are pleased to honor our Heart of the Community Award winners, all of whom are lifelong contributors to the betterment of Rome and Floyd County, with a financial donation to TRED which will ensure construction of the Redmond Trail for heart healthy recreation."

The Redmond Trail Project is partially funded by a state grant along with Floyd County and Rome City Governments, TRED, and now the Heart of the Community.  Construction is slated to begin in 2015.

The Heart of the Community began in 1987 and each year since its beginning the Heart of the Community has honored residents of Rome for their committed service and dedication to the community. Monetary donations are given to the recipient's charity of choice.

For more information, contact Wanda Whitten at 706 802-3924

Nominations Sought

Nomination forms for the Heart of the Community Awards can be found here.

The Heart of the CommunityThe Heart of the Community

In the 24 years since its beginning, the Heart of the Community Foundation has continued to raise money to support heart related projects in the Rome Community.

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The Heart of the Community AwardsThe Heart of the Community Awards

The Heart of the Community Awards of Honor are designed to honor those "heroes of the community" who, through their volunteer and community service, are the Heart of the Community. Volunteers make the difference between a good place to live and a great place to live. Nominate someone here.

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