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 


Join Our Walk-Cycle-Paddle Event!

In addition to our Affair of the Heart gala that evening, we will have our annual “Loving Hearts Move” Walk-Cycle-Paddle event at 9:30 AM on February 9th. We will also be awarding our Community service grants on the Town Green!

The event is free, but we would appreciate a donation to help us further Heart of the Community projects and grants. It is always a fun-filled way to be active, so grab your friends, sign up your team and join us!

Learn about the 2019 program from our Chairman

The 2019 Heart of the Community Foundation Chairman, Chris Kerr recently sat down with Rome, GA Office of Tourism Executive Director, Lisa Smith for a segment of the locally televised, Southern Exposure. In this epsode, he dicusses the Heart of the Community Foundation, our quickly-approaching slate of events for Feb. 9th, the recipients for this year’s Heart of the Community Awards of Honor and the various community projects and grants that the Heart of the Community Foundation contributes.

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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.”

Nancy Knight, 2019 HOC Award Recipient


 A native of Rockmart, Georgia and a B.S. Degree graduate from the University of Georgia, “Nancy shatters the myth that people who work full time don’t have time to serve their community” Allison Watters.

Her Community Service activities include:

  • Co-Founder of North Georgia Animal Partnership
  • Co-Founder of Claws for Paws
  • Chieftain’s Museum Past Board Member
  • Chieftain’s Plant Sale Chair
  • Leadership Georgia
  • Heart of the Community Past Board Member
  • Rome Floyd Chamber Board and Executive Committee
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Finance Chair
  • Chair- Rector Search Committee
  • Chair Building Renovation
  • Senior Warden
  • Loaves and Fishes

Nancy and her husband, Jack are small business owners and the parents of three adult children, Ford, Katherine and Cliff and a house full of rescue dogs.

“She rarely says “no” when asked to help” Ginny and Doc Kibler