2023 Award Recipients

On Saturday, February 25, 2023, seven of Rome’s “unsung heroes” will be honored at the Heart of...

Amy and Gaines Dempsey, 2023 Awards of Honor Recipients

Amy and Gaines Dempsey Gaines is a native of Rome and Amy, a native of Cedartown. They are...

Ford, Gittings & Kane Jewelers, 2023 Awards of Honor Business Award

Ford, Gittings & Kane Jewelers In 1958, Ford, Gittings and Kane opened their store on Broad...

Melissa Phillips, 2023 Awards of Honor Recipient

Melissa Phillips Melissa is an advocate for children. She and her husband, Dan moved to Rome in...

Melissa Rutledge, 2023 Young Heart Award Recipient

Melissa Rutledge A native of Cedartown, Melissa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design...

Kelly Sanker, 2023 Awards of Honor Recipient

Kelly Sanker Kelly worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years before deciding to be a...

Cristin Warden, 2023 Awards of Honor Recipient

Cristin Warden Cristin is a native of Michigan and grew up in a military family. After working...

Wesley Walraven, 2023 Board of Governors Award Recipient

Wesley Walraven Wes Walraven moved to Floyd County in 1970 at the age of 8 when his family...

Thank you from the Heart!

A heartfelt Thank You to all the recipients, volunteers and sponsors who helped make 2022's Heart...

Since its beginning, the Heart of the Community Foundation has continued to raise money to support heart related projects in the Rome community.

Each year, the Heart of the Community Awards event has honored residents of Rome for their committed service and dedication to the community.

Our History

On February 27, 1987, the first Heart of the Community event was held at the Coosa Country Club. It was sponsored by Redmond Park Hospital and WRGA/WQTU Radio, and the event raised funds for the American Heart Association.

Community Projects

In the 37 years since its beginning, the Heart of the Community Foundation has continued to raise money to support heart-related projects in the Rome community.

Awards & Events

Each year, the Heart of the Community Awards event honors residents of Rome for their committed service and dedication to the community. Over 275 local heroes have been honored thus far.

Contribute

Please join in supporting the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor as our salute to individuals dedicated to volunteerism. All sponsors will receive recognition in the event program, as well as tickets to the event.

Contact Us!

Want to get involved with the Heart of the Community?
Message us here or contact Wanda Whitten at 706-802-3924.

Heart of the Community Foundation, Inc.
P. O. Box 5064
Rome, Georgia 30162-5064