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 36th anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.  The deadline for nominations is October 22, 2021.

According to Kristy Brown, 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.

Over the past 35years approximately 275 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 Brown.

Due to Covid-19 and there is a possibility of a virtual Program. If necessary, information on how to connect to virtual program. The number of recipients to be honored will be determined by COVID and the number of nominations received.

The award recipients will be selected by an anonymous committee in November and announced in December or January.  They will be honored at the 36th event ”Loving Hearts, Helping Hands, to be held on February 26, 2022.

Nomination forms are available at here or the Heart of the Community Facebook page.

 

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.

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 Virginia
He has been a driving force in improving Radiology in Rome. According to Dr. Kirk Kizziah, Dr. McClain’s partner and the current Rome Radiology Board President, “Dr. McClain has added countless innovations and business solutions to our practice, working long hours to make us more efficient as a group, and allowing us to constantly elevate our standards of care. He tirelessly cares for patients and frequently gives of his own time to make our lives easier and our practice thrive”.

Dr. McClain’s activities and awards past and present:
– HCA Research Institute Clinical Research Investigator 2020
-Founder of Plasma Therapy non-profit March 2020-developed to coordinate an facilitate collecting, banking and administration of Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 in conjunction with Blood Assurance
– Board of Directors The Exchange Club Family Resource Center
– President of Rome Radiology 2014-2018
-Chief Resident Medical College 2003-2004
– Georgia State delegate to the American College of Radiology 2002-2005
-Outstanding President of the Year Medical College Of Georgia Diagnostic Radiology 2003-2003
– Pediatric Radiology Student of the Year Medical College of Georgia 2000
Even before the national recognition of the potential impact of COVID-19, Dr. McClain anticipated the challenges and potential impact on our community. He devoted hours upon hours of research in an effort to understand the virus and innovative therapy options. In addition to his full-time profession as a radiologist, he created a non-profit organization in spring of 2020, Plasma Therapy, dedicated to supporting the medical community with treatment options for COVID-19. He participated with Mayo Clinic as a principal Investigator in their Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access study and began enrolling and treating patients mid-April. He led our local convalescent plasma program, spending countless hours researching protocols, writing protocols, submitting applications to the FDA, presenting to internal review boards at the facilities, fielding media interviews, coordinating with blood banks, creating a website to educate the community and provide a point of contact for potential plasma donors.
Another former radiology partner of Dr. McClain’s, Dr. Bill Harbin, describes him as “an individual with the highest standards, a tremendous work ethic and a deep and sincere dedication to patient welfare.” He goes on to state, “The establishment of this (convalescent plasma) program required the designation of a principal medical investigator, a role that Matt enthusiastically shouldered…. without Matt’s vision and hard work, the plasma therapy that many patients received in Rome and Floyd County likely would not have occurred, and some may not have survived COVID-19.”
Additional comments by a Plasma Therapy board member described Dr. McClain as someone who “selflessly battled for the greater good of our community” during a health care crisis in addition to his full-time profession and role as a husband and father. “He sought hope early and relentlessly pursued answers…..He is not someone to sit back and wait for others to act and his passion for his community always overshadowed his concern for himself’.
According to Dr. Kirk Kizziah, “Following tireless efforts in research and developing protocols. our small town was able to successfully treat one the first patients in the country with plasma, much earlier than many of the academic institutions.”

Dr. McClain is married to Heather McClain and they are the parents of 4 children, Jack. William, Lily Anne and Analise.

 

2021 Award Recipients:

 

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 women
Her service in radio continued until her cancer diagnosis in December2019. Unfortunately, we lost Nelle to this disease on February 7, 2020.
Prior to her death and for many years Nelle was very active in this community>
-Georgia Radio Hall of Fame 2013
– 1961 Excellence in Journalism Award from the Associated Press
– Adult Leadership Award Rome Floyd Commission and Children and Youth
-Public Affairs Coordinator for Rome Radio Partners where she used her show Talk
of the Town to be the community voice. She publicized and never missed an opportunity to
promote and event or fundraising activity.
-Advisory Board for Blood Assurance
-Free Clinic of Rome Tomato Sandwich Supper. Her strawberry cake in Silent Auction-$500.0 – Advocate for Floyd Against Drugs
-Served for 20 years as Chair of the Bob Richards Youth Detention Center
-Grand Marshall Rome Christmas Parade 2012
-Keep Rome/Floyd Beautiful
-Board of Visitors for Shorter College
-Rome Symphony Orchestra Auxiliary
-Past President Rome Civitan Club
– West Rome United Methodist Church

Nominated by John Druckenmiller and others. “Nelle Reagan was unparalled in her service to Rome and Floyd County. Our community has been fortunate to be touched by her love, selflessness and the voice of many.”

 

2021 Award Recipients: