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HOC Nomination Deadline Approaching! - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Heart of the Community Board would like to remind the community that they are accepting nominations for the 2016 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.

Deadline is October 26, 2015.

Nomination forms are available HERE

Please do not let any community “unsung heroes” go without being recognized for the contributions they make to our community. Recipients can be nominated for: Awards of Honor, Board of Governors, Young Heart or Business Employer awards.

As a board who wants to not only honor recipients, the Heart of the Community wants to support heart related projects in the community.
New this year a grant application is available for agencies or groups to request funds to carry out their projects. Grant information can be found HERE on this website.

The Heart of the Community recipients will be announced in January and honored at the Heart of the Community event on February 20, 2016 at the Forum. Agencies and/or groups who have been selected through the grant applications will also be honored at that time.

For more information: Call Wanda J. Whitten 706 802-3924.

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Heart of the Community Award Nominations Being Sought - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Nominations are being accepted for the annual program that honors individuals who have worked tirelessly to improve the community through volunteerism.


The Heart of the Community Foundation, Inc. and its Board of Governors are accepting nominations of potential recipients for the 30th anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor. The deadline for nominations is October 26, 2015.

According to Lauren Sklar Chairman of the Board of Governors, the awards committee searches for individuals who have given their time and talents to make this community a better place in which to live through their selfless dedication to volunteer and community service.

“Candidates who should be considered for the award are those “unsung heroes” who have distinguished themselves through volunteer services that have greatly impacted the lives of children, the elderly, disadvantaged, or the community-at-large. Their service could be in any or several of the following areas: education, religion, health and medicine, government, community, humanitarian, youth, arts, general leadership, retired/past service, conservation, or others,” or others she said.

Categories for nominations include: Board of Governors Award, Awards of Honor, the Young Heart Award (35 years of age or younger) and the Employer Community Service Award.

Over the past 29 years approximately 220 individuals have received these prestigious awards. “In order for us to continue our long standing tradition of honoring some of Rome’s “unsung heroes”, we need the community to support our efforts by nominating deserving individuals that have touched their lives or the lives of others. When you look around at our community and see all that it has to offer, you know there are outstanding volunteers working diligently behind the scenes, don’t let a deserving individual go unnoticed because you thought someone else might nominate them,” noted Sklar.

Six award recipients will be selected by an anonymous committee in November and announced in January. They along with the Board of Governors’ Award recipient will be honored at the 30th annual black tie event,”Loving Hearts, Helping Hands”, to be held on February 20, 2016 at the Forum.

Nomination forms are available at Redmond Medical Center, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau
Nomination forms can also be found at www.redmondregional.com 0r www.theheartofthecommunitu.org .
For questions or additional information: Call Wanda Whitten at 706 802-3924.

Redmond Regional Medical Center, the heart center of northwest Georgia, is the proud sponsor of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.

For additional information please contact Wanda Whitten at 706 802-3924.

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Lauren Sklar returns as chair of Heart of the Community Foundation - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lauren Sklar has been appointed Chairman of the Heart of the Community Foundation Board of Governors for 2015-2016.

laurensklarThe “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,” “Loving Hearts, Helping Hands.” The 30th annual event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at The Forum. Proceeds will be designated for heart education and safety programs in Rome and Floyd County. 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.

This past year the foundation made more than $45,000 in donations to the following community agencies: Boys and Girls Club, Summit Quest, South Rome Redevelopment Center and the Senior Adult Transportation Committee.

Lauren is a native Roman and has served the Rome Community with several agencies. She is an active member of First Baptist Church where she has previously served as a deacon and missions teacher at First Baptist.

A Leadership Rome graduate, she serves as the Vice President of Tiger Pride at Darlington, is a Community Kitchen volunteer and on the Rome Symphony Orchestra Debutante Ball Steering Committee. She also serves on the Junior Cotillion.

She and her husband, Marc Sklar, have two daughters, Abby and Emma.

Returning as Chairman of the Heart of the Community Board for the second time, Lauren will be serving with the following board members: Angie Beard, Brenda Bowen, David Brearley, Harry Brock, Kristy Brown, Lisa Butler, Steve Graves, Emily Hjort, Nancy Hunter, Dawn Irmscher, Mai Mai Kelly, Elaine Price, Rebekah Montgomery, Michelle Picon, Sammy Rich, Mimi Richards,  C.J. Robinson, David Smith and Esther Vaughn.

Heart of the Community Guest House to be named after Wand Whitten - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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 - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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