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Trails for the Heart, Feb. 15, 2014

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2013-2014 Heart of the Community Award Recipients

Eight local unsung heroes, David Newby, Tracey Koehler and Drew Taylor, Barbara Monday, Esther Vaughn, Horace (Ed) Edmondson, as well as  Fore Orthodontics have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.  These seven individuals, along with Board of Governors Honoree, Frank Barron, will be honored on February 15 at the 28th annual “Affair of the Heart”.  They will be recognized at the opening event the “Heart Walk” that morning , the event that evening and a post-party following the event.  These awards are sponsored each year by Redmond Regional Medical and produced by the Heart of the Community Foundation Board of Governors.


Tickets to the event are available by calling Wanda Whitten at 706 802-3924.

Heart of the Community Chairman 2013-2014

Mark Webb has been appointed Chairman of the Heart of the Community Foundation Board of Governors for 2013-2014.

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 award are honored at a black tie gala, “An Affair of the Heart”.  The 28th annual event will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 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, and a serenity garden at Redmond Regional Medical Center. 


Mark  is a native of St. Simons Island; a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia, and a graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.  Mark was brought to Rome in 1989 by the law firm of Brinson, Askew, & Berry.  He is admitted as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Eleventh Circuit, Court of Appeals. He is a registered mediator and has been a partner with Brinson, Askew Berry, Seigler, Richardson and & Davis LLP for more than twenty years. 


In the community, Mark is a member of Rome First Methodist Church, he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Hospitality House of Rome, as President of Coosa Valley Cycling Association, and As Board member of Trails for Recreational and Economic Development (TRED). 


Recently, Mark celebrated his 24th wedding anniversary with wife, Renee.  The Webbs have a daughter, Ailsa, who is a freshman at Rome High School.  Mark is a long-time advocate and friend of the Georgia High School Mock Trial program, the Rome Duplicate bridge club, and is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast.. 


Additional Heart of the Community Foundation Board members who assist in the event and the mission of the Foundation include: Harry Brock, Lisa Butler, Tony Daniel, Mary Kate Fuller, Emily Hjort, Lisa Ingram, Jordan Knight, Jon Lewis, Holly Lynch, Rebekah Montgomery, Kimberly Moseley, Dr. Tim Naddy, Michelle Picon, Sammy Rich, Rachel Rogers, Steve Whiteand, Gretta Wilson.


For More Event Information, Contact: Wanda Whitten, Event Coordinator (706) 802-3924






December 16, 2013-The Heart of the Community Foundation donated $30,000 to local trail advocacy group TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) for the Redmond Trail Project. The money will be used for the 1.5 mile trail that will be the first trail to connect Summerville Park neighborhood to downtown Rome.

Julie Smith, TRED President, said, “With the partnership between TRED and Heart of the Community, this project is one step closer to becoming a reality.  Extending the Heritage Trail network for residents and visitors is one of the goals of TRED as well as creating trails that give options for transportation and recreation. We hope this is the first of a great relationship between TRED and the Heart of the Community Foundation.”

Board Chair Mark Webb, commented on the donation, “We are pleased to honor our Heart of the Community Award winners, all of whom are lifelong contributors to the betterment of Rome and Floyd County, with a financial donation to TRED which will ensure construction of the Redmond Trail for heart healthy recreation."

The Redmond Trail Project is partially funded by a state grant along with Floyd County and Rome City Governments, TRED, and now the Heart of the Community.  Construction is slated to begin in 2015.

The Heart of the Community began in 1987 and each year since its beginning the Heart of the Community has honored residents of Rome for their committed service and dedication to the community. Monetary donations are given to the recipient's charity of choice.

For more information, contact Wanda Whitten at 706 802-3924

Nominations Sought

Nomination forms for the Heart of the Community Awards can be found here.

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In the 24 years since its beginning, the Heart of the Community Foundation has continued to raise money to support heart related projects in the Rome Community.

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The Heart of the Community Awards of Honor are designed to honor those "heroes of the community" who, through their volunteer and community service, are the Heart of the Community. Volunteers make the difference between a good place to live and a great place to live. Nominate someone here.

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