Heart of the Community Award Nominations Being Sought

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 31st anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.  The deadline for nominations is October 23, 2017..

According to Michelle Picon,, 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 he said.

Categories for nominations include:  Board of Governors Award, Awards of Honor, a Young Heart Award (40 years of age or younger) and an Employer Community Service Award.

Over the past 31years approximately 234 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.  Please look around in our community and recommend those you see who are going the extra mile in giving back through their community service. You know there are outstanding volunteers working diligently behind the scenes, don’t let a deserving individual go unnoticed” noted Picon.

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 32nd annual black tie event, An Affair of the Heart, to be held on February 17, 2018 at the Forum.

Nomination forms are available at Redmond Medical Center, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau. Nomination forms can also be found on this website or the  Heart of Community Facebook page. 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.

2017-18 Heart of the Community Chairman Announced

Michelle Picon has been appointed Chairman of the Heart of the Community Foundation Board of Governors for 2017-2018.

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 awards are honored at a black tie gala, “Loving Hearts, Helping Hands,” The 32nd annual event will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 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 fitness course at Ridge Ferry Park, fitness equipment at the Thornton Center, swimming scholarships at the YMCA, exercise equipment for Summit Quest, and grants to various humanitarian and heart related agencies in Rome and Floyd County.

Michelle is a graduate of Princeton University were she majored in English.  She has a background in financial journalism and has taught or tutored Spanish at Darlington for the past 10 years.

She is a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church where she serves on the Finance Committee and on the Mission and Vison Committee.

Michelle is a founding board member of the Historic Desoto Theatre Foundation, where he has served as Vice-President and is involved in the construction fundraising and grant writing committees.   She has previously served as president of Saint Mary’s School PTO, Chair of the St. Mary’s auction and in various capacities at the Darlington Upper School Tiger PRIDE and the East Central Elementary PTO.

Picon and her husband, Harbin Clinic Cardiologist, Dr. Hector Picon, are natives of San Juan, Puerto Rico and have lived in Rome for over 25 years.  They have four adult children, Michelle Marie, Monique. Melissa, and Hector Miguel.


Additional Heart of the Community Foundation Board members who assist in the event and the mission of the Foundation include: Harry Brock, Angie Beard, Brenda Bowen, David Byearley, Kristy Brown, Steve Graves, Nancy Hunter, Judy Ingram, Dawn Irmscher, Chris Jackson, Kristi Kent, Mai Mai Kelly ,Monisha Patel, Elaine Price, Mimi Richards, Lauren Sklar, David Smith, and Esther Vaughn. Wilson.




2017 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor Recipients

Heritage First Bank, David Mathis, Joe Montgomery, Jim Powell, Pamela Roberts, Kristen Sheeley, Mary Hardin Thornton, Tashia Ingram Twyman and Board of Governors’ Honoree, Dr. Richard Dixon have been selected as the recipients of the 2017 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor. The nine honorees will be recognized on Feb. 18  at the 31st 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. Tickets are available from this site or by calling Wanda Whitten at 706 802-3924.

Meet the Current Recipients