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Heart of the Community Award Nominations Being Sought

 “Heart of the Community Award Nominations Being Sought”

Rome, Georgia (September 28, 2014)--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 28th anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.  The deadline for nominations is October 23, 2014.

According to Sammy Rich, 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,” he said.

Categories for nominations include: Awards of Honor, Board of Governors Honoree, A Young Heart Award and an Business Community Service Award.

Over the past 29 years approximately 200 individuals have received this prestigious award.  “In order for us to continue our long standing 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 Webb.

Six award recipients will be selected by an anonymous committee in November and announced in January. They along with the  Board of Governors honoree will be honored at the 29th annual event on February 15, 2015. This event will be part of our Family Healthy Heart Day.  The morning of February 14 will include the annual Heart Walk, Ride, Paddle event.  Following the awards dinner, the evening will conclude with a party that will be open to the public.

Nomination forms are available at Redmond Medical Center, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau and at the main branch of most banks. Nomination forms can also be found at www.redmondregional.com.

Redmond Regional Medical Center, the heart center of northwest Georgia, is the proud sponsor of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.

Nomination forms can be found here: 2015 Nomination Form

For additional information please contact Wanda Whitten at 706-802-3924.


Heart of the Community Chairman 2014-2015

Heart of the Community Chairman Announced


Sammy Rich has been appointed Chairman of the Heart of the Community Foundation Board of Governors for 2014-2015.


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 29th annual event will be held on Saturday, February 14, 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 Par fitness course at Ridge Ferry Park, a serenity garden at Redmond and exercise equipment at the Thornton Recreation Center in Armuchee.


Sammy holds a B.S. Degree in Geography and Planning and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of West Georgia.  Having worked in local government since 1998, he previously held the position of Assistant City Manager of Rome, Assistant Manager for Floyd County, County Planner for Carroll County and Urban Planning Engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. In July 2014, Sammy began his new job as City Manager of Rome to replacing retiring City Manager, John Bennett.


Additionally, he is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Georgia City-County Manager’s Association and the International City-County Manager’s Association. He holds the ICMA Credentialed Manager designation from the International City-County Management Association.


He and his wife, Jessica, have two boys, Aiden, age 12; and Noel Henry, age 9.  Sammy and his family are members of First Baptist Church of Rome and love to spend time enjoying Rome’s outdoor trails and recreational amenities.


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

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