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.





HOC Supporting Happy and Healthy Hearts!

Recent Heart of the Community award honoree, Stephanie McElhone, helped the Rome YMCA put the Heart of the Community grant to great use! Some of the resources were used to help children from the YMCA’s Outreach site to learn swimming and water safety. 

Below is a very much appreciated Thank you letter from Ms. McElhone regarding the YMCA activities for these youths. 


Dear Wanda,  


The children from the Y’s Outreach Feeding site had a chance to come to the Y over Spring Break to hon their swim skills.  


I thought you might enjoy a few pictures and a copy of our new swim test posters hanging up at Restoration Rome and at the YMCA.


A special thank you to the Heart of the Community Foundation for supporting heart healthy activities at the YMCA. 


Please know these children are MUCH better prepared to be safe around water with your support.


With gratitude, Steph 


Mark Webb, 2019 HOC Award Recipient


A native of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia and a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College. Mark received his law degree from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

He has been a trial attorney with the law firm Brinson, Askew, and Berry for 30 years.

His Community Service Activities:

  • Rome Jaycees 
  • Dancing with the Stars Cast
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Participant 
  • Murder Mystery Theatre for Floyd Against Drugs
  • Strike Out Child Abuse Team Member
  • NAIA Team Host committee
  • Up the Creek without a Paddle Ride
  • Foster Care Parent’s Night Out
  • Rome Hand Cyclist Race
  • R.A.C.E. Rome Kids Triathlon
  • Rome Children’s Academy
  • Junior Service League Follies
  • CRBI Volunteer
  • Cystic Fibrosis Theatre Fund Raiser
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Georgia High School Mock Trial
  • SPLOST Campaign Advocate

Board Participation:

  • Hospitality House, Past Chair
  • Coosa Valley Cycling Association, Past Chair
  • Heart of the Community Board, Past-Chair
  • Coosa Country Club
  • TRED (Trials for Recreation and Economic Development)

Mark and his wife Renee are the parents of one daughter, Ailsa

Nominated by Dr. J. Paul Ferguson-“ Mark has continually demonstrated his love and commitment to the Greater Rome Community.”

Jeff and Mary Margaret Mauer, 2019 HOC Award Recipients

Through decades of service to the community, the Mauers have committed their lives to the foster care crisis in Rome and Floyd County. They serve as Co-Founders of Restoration Rome.

Mary Margaret is a native of Homerville, GA and Jeff was born in Plainfield, Illinois. Jeff and his family moved to Rome when he was 10 years old.  The Mauers attended Oxford College and Emory University where they met.  They married shortly after graduation.  Mary Margaret received a Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Biological Sciences and Jeff received his degree from Shorter University in Business Administration.

Service Activities for Mary Margaret include:

  • Global Impact International – Foster Care Services
  • Junior Service League – Past President & current Sustainer
  • DAR Constitution Week
  • Leadership Rome
  • Co-Founder Floyd Faith Coalition for Families
  • Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center Board -Past Chair
  • Murphy-Harpst Auxiliary
  • Providence Preparatory Academy Board
  • Church Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, and Leader of Foster/Adoption Ministry


Service Activities for Jeff have included:

  • Chairman, Global Impact International Board
  • Community Engagement Pastor at Three Rivers Church
  • Young Presidents Organization
  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Rome Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth Board
  • Providence Preparatory Academy Board
  • Darlington School Board
  • Heritage First Bank  Board
  • Greater Rome Existing Industry Board
  • Criminal Justice Board
  • Rome YMCA Board
  • Boy Scouts of America NWGA Board
  • Harbor House Board
  • Heart of the Community Board
  • Floyd College Board of Regents
  • Leadership Rome
  • Rome Floyd County United Way

Nominated by Ryland and Jennifer Scott. “Having personally experienced the process of becoming foster parents they began to understand the definition of the word crisis. They responded to the call with the creation of Restoration Rome.”