Heart of the Community Nominations 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 34th anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor. The deadline for nominations is October 20, 2019.

According to David Brearley, 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.

Categories for nominations include: Board of Governors Award, Awards of Honor, a Young Heart Award (40 years of age or younger) and an Employer Community Service Award.

Over the past 33 years approximately 250 individuals have received these prestigious awards. “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 Brearley.

Six award recipients will be selected by an anonymous committee in November and announced in December or January. They along with the Board of Governors’ Award recipient will be honored at the 33rd annual black tie event, ”Loving Hearts, Helping Hands”, to be held on February 8, 2020 at the Forum River Center.

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

For questions or additional information: Call Wanda Whitten at 706 802-3924.

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

Brearley appointed 2019-2020 Chairman

David Brearley

David Brearley has been appointed chairman of the Heart of the Community Foundation Board of Governors for 2019-2020.

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 34th annual event will be held on Feb. 8 at the Forum River Center.

 

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.

 

He is an attorney at Brinson, Askew,Berry and has practiced law in Rome, Georgia for the past 12 years. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Rome where he teaches fifth and sixth grade Sunday School and was recently nominated to the board of deacons.

David has served on the board of directors for the Rome International Film Festival, the Free Clinic of Rome, and the Nine O’Clock Cotillion.

 

David’s wife, Carolyn Brearley, is a native of Rome and currently serves as the Director of Financial Aid for the Darlington School. They have two young children — Bennett and Walker.

Additional Heart of the Community Foundation Board members who assist in the event and the mission of the Foundation include:, Angie Beard, Kristy Brown, Steve Graves, Nancy Hunter, Judy Ingram, Dawn Irmscher, Chris Jackson, Mai Mai Kelly , Mandy Maloney, Charles Norris, Artagus Newel, Monisha Patel, Elaine Price, Mimi Richards, Pam Roberts, Lauren Sklar, David Smith, MeganTreglown and Esther Vaughn.

 

Save The Date: February 8, 2020!

 

Save the Date to honor a few of our community’s “unsung heroes” on February 8, 2020.

Six award recipients will be selected by an anonymous committee in November and announced in December or January.  They along with the Board of Governors’ Award recipient will be honored at the 33rd annual black tie event, ”Loving Hearts, Helping Hands, to be held on February 8,  2020 at the Forum River Center.

Categories for nominations include:  Board of Governors Award, Awards of Honor, a Young Heart Award (40 years of age or younger) and an Employer Community Service Award.

 

 

 

 

2019 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor Recipients

On Saturday, February 9, 2019, eleven 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 32 years, Redmond Regional Medical Center 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 2019 recipients include: 

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

Chris Kerr named 2018-2019 Chair of Heart of the Community Foundation

Chris Kerr has been elected the 2018-2019 Chair of the Heart of the Community Foundation.
Kerr is a commercial and residential sales agent at Hardy Realty. A native of Rome, Chris returned in 2015 after working in New York and Los Angeles for 18 years. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was chosen by the Georgia Rotary Student Program to attend the University of Oslo in Norway. He also received a Master’s degree from the Annenberg School at The University of Southern California.

In addition to the Heart of the Community Foundation, Kerr is a member of the City of Rome Public Arts Committee, the Rome Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors for the Rome Area Council for the Arts and the Rome Floyd Chamber. Kerr also is a graduate of the 34th class of Leadership Rome.

Other members of the Heart of the Community Board include: Angie Beard, Brenda Bowen, David Brearley, Kristy Stoner-Brown, Steve Graves, Nancy Hunter, Judy Ingram, Dawn Irmscher, Chris Jackson, Kristi Kent, Mary (Mai Mai) Kelly, Mandy Maloney, Monisha Patel, Elaine Price, Mimi Richards, Lauren Sklar, David Smith and Esther Vaughn.