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....

Thank you from the Heart!

A heartfelt Thank You to all the recipients, volunteers and sponsors who helped make 2022's Heart of the Community Awards of Honor a beautiful and successful event!

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...

Villa Sulzbacher Hizer, 2022 Board of Governors’ Award Recipient

Villa Sulzbacher Hizer,Board of Governors’ Award A native Roman whose family came to Rome in the 1830s,  Villa graduated Thornwood School, now Darlington, and earned her B.A. degree in mathematics at the University of Georgia.  She and her late husband, Courtney, owned and operated North Georgia Distributing Co., a beer and wine wholesale company for 28 years. She continues to serve on the...

Rev. Norris Allen, 2022 HOC Award Recipient

Rev. Norris Allen, Award of Honor   Norris is a native of Calhoun County, Ala.  He received his elementary education in Floyd County and attended Main High School. He and his wife, Gladys, have been married for 60 years and are the parents of 5 boys and one girl. He received certification in Electrical Wiring and certifications in Blueprint and Design.  He also earned a certificate...

Tina Brinson, 2022 HOC Award Recipient

Tina Brinson, Award of Honor Tina Brinson has been described as a giving selfless person volunteering for years behind the scenes. Her activities include: -Sexual Assault Center-Past Chairperson and Fundraising volunteer-Rome Celebrity Dancing with the Stars-Producer of plays at Rome Little Theatre-Darlington School-Parent Teachers Association and Fund Raising committee-Volunteer with Berry Half...

Lauren Sklar, 2022 HOC Award Recipient

Lauren Sklar Lauren is a native of Rome and a graduate of West Rome High School. She attended Converse College and received a master’s degree from the University of West Georgia. Lauren is married to Marc Sklar and they are the parents of Abby and Emma. Her community activities include: -Junior Service League past president and a Sustainer of the Year recipient. -First Baptist Church — Deacon,...

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...

Hardy Realty, 2022 HOC Business Award Recipient

Hardy RealtyBUSINESS AWARD Hardy Realty recently developed a company initiative that focuses on volunteer work, community service and donations. CEO Jimmy Byars has spent years contributing his time to this community and has cultivated a strong volunteer ethic among his agents and staff. They will often be seen volunteering or donating to the following: DaviesHome...

David Thornton, 2022 HOC Award Recipient

David Thornton is a native of Rome. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children and 13 grandchildren. His community activities include: -Chaplain:  Floyd County Police DepartmentFloyd County Sheriff’s OfficeGordon County Sheriff’s OfficeE-911Metro Drug Task Force-Georgia Homeland Security Division-Sr. Chaplain Emeritus Georgia Sheriff’s Association-Armuchee High Football Team -Leader of Mission...

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...

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....

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...

DR. MATTHEW MCCLAIN, 2021 HOC Award Recipient

Dr. McClain has been a Radiologist with Rome Radiology Group since 2006.A graduate of Georgia State University and the Medical College of Georgia, he completed a Diagnostic Radiology Residency and a Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship at the University of VirginiaHe has been a driving force in improving Radiology in Rome. According to Dr. Kirk Kizziah, Dr. McClain’s partner and the current Rome...

NELLE HOLLAND REAGAN 1936-2020, 2021 HOC Award Recipient

The definition of a matriarch is a woman who dominated as family, group or state.With a dazzling career in radio from 1960-2019 Nelle Reagan was known as the matriarch of mass media. She was a pioneer in the broadcast industry where she influenced and served as a mentor to other womenHer service in radio continued until her cancer diagnosis in December2019. Unfortunately, we lost Nelle to this...
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