The seventh annual Rising In Community Excellence Awards

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In celebration of those individuals who work tirelessly to improve lives throughout greater Atlanta, I'm excited to shine a spotlight on these outstanding citizens and their organizations and bring awareness to their tremendous sacrifices and contributions. The Rising in Community Excellence Award is given to individuals who demonstrate keen awareness about community needs and step into the fray, lending a hand and making things better. These citizens have created organizations that serve metro Atlanta. RICE Award nominees are innovative and charitable visionaries who recognize the importance of their presence and contribution to the greater Atlanta community and beyond. Nominees were selected by a panel of industry professionals, community leaders and everyday citizens. Each category is about a community leader who has used their position to develop or implement programs that have changed the face of our communities. The nominees are leaders who have used their position to develop and implement programs that have changed the face of our communities and helped people in innumerable ways.

 

The nominees for the 2017 Rising in Community Excellence Awards celebration are:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BEST IN MEDIA

  • Walter Jordan, DWRC Group
  • Ann Cramer, Cox Curry
  • Doreen Neville, Regions Bank
  • Greg Cole, Nancy Pizza East Point
  • Paula Dezzutti, CEO, Local Choice Spirits
  • Charles Kuck, Kuck Immigration Partners LLC
  • Rodney Bullard, Chic-fil-A Foundation
  • Rashan Ali, The Cool Soror
  • Yalanda Lattimore, DryerBuzz
  • Christina Pullera-Newton, Atlanta & Company
  • George Franco, Fox 5
  • Kim McNair, McNair Productions
  • Micheal McFadden & Joi Pearson In The Mornings, Sensation Station
  • Big Tigger, v103 / The Big Tigger Foundation

entertainment

MUSIC, ARTS, AND FILM

  • Michael “Killer Mike” Render
  • Monei Sutton, LIFE Foundation
  • Janet Jackson, Boss Chicks Atlanta
  • Konata Nicholson, Hip Hop Gives Back Foundation
  • Alex Gileon, AG Entertainment
  • Mrs. Dale Gordan, Taste of Atlanta
  • Jill Roberts, Soccer In The Streets
  • Ric Ross, Music Entertainment Group
  • Germany Kent, Producing Hopeful Souls
  • Amir Windom
  • Ceasar Emanuel, Black Ink Cares
  • Terence Lester, Love Beyond Walls
  • Lisa Love, Georgia Music
  • Butta B-Rocka, Artists Rock the M-I-C

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR

BEAUTY AND FASHION

  • Christina Rogers, Elite Sisterhood
  • David Morris, LEAF Foundation
  • Raioni Madison-Jones, 3D Girls, INC
  • Bee Nguyen, Athena's Warehouse
  • Gary L. Davis Sr., Next Level Boys Academy, INC
  • Emmaus House - Atlanta
  • Karrianna Turner, Twenty 20 Something, Inc.
  • LeAnna Council, Pulchr Couture
  • Barbara Pinson, Pinson Cosmetics
  • Gocha Hawkins, Gocha Salon
  • Jeris Farmer, Bombshell Creations
  • Eva Marcille, First Avenue Eye Wear
  • John Stupka, Blue Med Spa
  • Mooney Cook

CIVIL SERVANT OF THE YEAR

SOCIAL IMPACT / COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Sam Park, GA House of Rep. D101
  • Paul Howard, District Attorney Fulton County
  • Mary Norwood, Atlanta City Council
  • Dewey McClain, GA House of Rep. D100
  • John Rutherford Seydel, Director of Sustainability Atlanta
  • Candace Walker, Director of APD Crime Lab
  • Gerald A. Griggs, Attorney
  • Dr. LaKeysha Hallmon, The Village Market ATL
  • Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter (AKA), The Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc
  • Fonda Fredericka , Passionate About Being Your Best Self
  • Stacey J. Gholar, Live 365 Empowerment
  • Jean Marlo Davis, TIFFIS LLC.
  • Gwen Boyd Moss, My Special Friendz Foundation
  • Nisha Glenn, Educated Girls Rock

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

  • Joel Medina / Spencer Iverson, Nspire Network
  • David Manuel, I AM Father 5k Foundation
  • Julia Eze, The Nurse Link, Co.
  • Dr. Jamelah Gather-Richardson RYSE Wellness
  • Dan Ford, Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance
  • Terrance Hutchinson, Best Lifestyle Fitness and Nutrition
  • Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research
  • The Christian View Online Magazine
  • Crossroads News Paper
  • The Atlanta Voice
  • Creative Loafing - Atlanta
  • Jezebel Modern Luxury
  • Trendsetters To Trendsetters Magazine

FOUNDATION OF THE YEAR

THE FOUNDERS RISING STAR CANDIDATES

  • Keisha Epps, TRU Foundation
  • Brandy Angel (Foundation), Be The Change
  • Tamiko Lowry-Pugh, The Still Standing Foundation
  • Sherry Magdigan White, Deputy Director UNICEF
  • Dequan M. Jones, Jet Jones Foundation
  • Ashlie James, Atlanta G.L.O.W
  • Sonya A. McKinzie, Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation INC
  • Kami Tucker & Arlena Edmonds, Purpose Organization Inc.
  • Tina Bridges, The Lyngale Agency
  • William Brewer, Super Heroes For A Cure
  • Zakiyrah Ficklin, Her Foundation INC
  • Evelisse Jones and Nikki Blakely-Simmons, Women Leadership Network of Atlanta Inc.
  • ReNew Atlanta Organization
  • Markeyla Taylor, The Universal Movement
  • Lashawn Baker, G.L.A.S Angels
  • Shontica Wallace, L.O.V.E. U University Youth Empowerment Program
  • Carmalitha L. Gumbs, South Fulton City Council

T.O.R.C.H AWARD RECIPIENTS (Together Our Resources Can Help)

RICKEY SMILEY, The Rickey Smiley Foundation

KIMBERLY CHAPMAN, The Chapman Foundation

DR. HENRY M. CARTER, Manley Deeds, INC

HANK STEWART, The Hank Stewart Foundation

DEE ARMSTRONG, WLTZ NBC38 Columbus, GA

LAURIE SOSSA, Southern Barter Club

GENISE SHELTON, Our Children’s Keeper Foundation

The 2017 RICE AWARDS TORCH HONOREES

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