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 37th anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor. The deadline for nominations is October 28, 2022.

According to Chris Jackson. 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.

Over the past 36 years approximately 285 individuals have received these prestigious awards. “In order for us to continue our longstanding 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 Jackson.

The award recipients will be selected by an anonymous committee in November and announced in December or January. They will be honored at the 37 the annual “Loving Hearts, Helping Hands” event that will be held at The Taylor Farm on February 25, 2023.

AdventHealth Redmond, 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 706 506-0043.

2022 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor Recipients

This year, seven of Rome’s “unsung” heroes will be honored at the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor gala called An Affair of the Heart.  For 36 years, AdventHealth Redmond has sponsored these awards to recognize and honor individuals whose commitment through volunteer service has made this community a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.

Our 2022 recipients include: Rev. Norris Allen, Tina Brinson, Board of Governors’ honoree Villa Hizer, Business Award honoree Hardy Realty, Lauren Sklar, Scott Thompson and David Thornton.

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.

 

For more information on the Heart of the Community, contact:  Wanda Whitten, 706-802-3924 or  Heart of the Community Facebook.

Scott Thompson, 2022 HOC Award Recipient

Scott Thompson

A native of Marietta, Scott attended Young Harris College, majoring in Theatre. He and His wife, Dana, share their home with “five fur babies.” Scott is known as a singer-songwriter community advocate and champion of all things Rome.

His activities include:

-Christmas Back Home Concert free tickets to Davies Homeless Shelters and Open Door Home
-“Sing for Your Supper” fundraiser concert for Community Kitchen-Thus far has raised $20,000.00
-Board member and Events Chairman of Coosa River Basin Committee
-Volunteer and Board of Rome Area Council for the Arts
-Member of Downtown Development Authority Promotion
-Originator of Brown Bag Concerts
-Mentor for local high school student

Nominator: “Scott’s passion for creating change for the better and changing the status quo has brought vibrancy to downtown Rome.  His passion for serving the community cannot be denied.”


2022 Award Recipients:

Brown appointed 2021-2022 Chairman

Kristy S. Brown has been appointed chairman of the Heart of the Community Foundation Board of Governors for 2021-2022.

The Heart of the Community Awards recognition program is sponsored by Redmond Regional Medical Center and the Heart of the Community Foundation, Inc., and honors 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 36th annual event will be held on February 26, 2022. Location and method of presentation will be announced later.

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.

Kristy is the Vice President of Retail Banking at Greater Community Bank, where she been employed since 2013. Prior to joining GCB, she had a twenty-year career with Kate Spade and Liz Claiborne, Inc.  She currently serves on the board of directors for the Miss Rome Scholarship Organization and the Voluntary Action Center and is the chairman of the Calhoun-Gordon Community Foundation.

Kristy has one son, Chase, who is completing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Kennesaw State University.

Additional Heart of the Community Foundation Board members who assist in the event and the mission of the Foundation include:, Angie Beard, David Brearley, Steve Graves, Dawn Irmscher, Chris Jackson, Mai Mai Kelly , Mandy Maloney, , Artagus Newel, , Elaine Price, Mimi Richards, Pam Roberts, , Megan Otwell, Barbara Earle, Jake Hager, Sarah Martin, Brooks Mathis, Sara Molnar, Jennifer Perkins, Michele Rikard, William Richardson, Jim Talley

 

A Heartfelt Thank You

Following a successful yet challenging Heart of the Community Awards of Honor this year, we would like to acknowledge and thank  the 2021 sponsors for our event.

WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTERS:

ANNETTTE MORRIS BANKS

MARY SIB BANKS

DR. JULIE BARNES

FRANK BARRON

DR. AND MRS.SIDNEY BELL

DR.AND MRS. JOHN J. BENINATO

BRINSON ASKEW AND BERRY

MIKE BURNES

GAYLAND COOPER

RANDY DAVIS

DR. PAUL FERGUSON

LYNN FINN

FORD, GITTINGS & KANE

RITA GRIFFIN

HARBIN CLINIC

DR. BILL HARBIN

DR. BUFORD HARBIN/JANICE DISMUKE

HARDY REALTY

VILLA HIZER

ROBERT AND SUSAN HORTMAN

CHERYL HUFFMAN

CHUCK HUFSTETLER

MR. AND MRS DAVID HUNTER

JAMES AND ANGELA HUNTER

DR. AND MRS. JOHN KIRKLAND

SUSAN LOVEL

MCRAE, SMITH, PEEK, HARMAN & MONROE, LLP

GREG AND ELAINE PRICE

PAIGE AND JOHN QUINLIVAN

REDMOND URGENT CARE

HAL AND MIMI RICHARDS

ROME RADIOLOGY

STATE MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY

DR. AND MRS. FRANK STEGALL

MARY HARDIN THORNTON

MARGARET AND GENE TIDWELL

DR. AND MRS. JOEL TODINO

TOLES, TEMPLE AND WRIGHT

THE WATTERS FAMILY

ANDREW WELBORN

WANDA J. WHITTEN

LIZ WILLIAMS

MOLLY YANCEY

2021 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor Recipients


On February 27,2021, seven of Rome’s “unsung” heroes will be honored at the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor. This year’s event will be presented virtually as a Zoom presentation.

For 35 years Redmond Regional Medical Center has been the presenting sponsor for these awards. The individuals are recognized for their commitment to volunteer service which makes this community a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.

For more information contact Wanda J. Whitten, 706-802-3924 or Heart of the Community Facebook.

Our 2021 recipients include:

 

For more information:  Wanda Whitten, 706-802-3924 or  Heart of the Community Facebook.