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 2016 Rising in Community Excellence Awards celebration are:



1. Ceasar Mitchell, Atlanta City Councilman

2. Rochelle Martin-Robinson Mayor of Douglasville

3. Tim G. Echols, Public Service Commissioner

4. Doreen Carter, GA State Representative

5. E. Alexander Gothard, East Point City Councilman

6. Jim Butterworth, GEMA



1. Tom, Dick, and Hank, TDH Atlanta

2. Markela Taylor, The Universal Movement

3. Diane Larche', Family Food Fest Atlanta

4. Ray Ortega, Hispanic Marketing Group

5. Lesile Zinn, Arden's Garden

6. Jason Moss, GA Manufacturers Alliance



1. Delicia Cordon, De Cordon Inc.

2. Lisa Nicole Cloud, LNC Collection

3. Christa Burton, Christa Burton Design

4. Derek Jae

5. Tina Bridges, Ageless Beauty

6. Christina Johnson and Toni Acey, Butterfly

    EFX, Inc.




1. Derrick Boazman, Let Us Make Man

2. Robert Pierce, Tickled Pink Foundation

3. Dayira Jones and Bianca Rush, Ladies Who

    Brunch Atlanta

4. Kevin Bales

5. Q Parker,  Q Parker Legacy Foundation

6. Nicole Steele, Diamond In The Rough



1. Pete and Holly Ranney, Sunshine on a

    Ranney Day

2. Rhonda Thompson, The Rose of Sharon

3. Brenda J. Muhammad, Atlanta Victim

    Assistance Program

4. Christina Rogers, Elite Sisterhood Inc.

5. Alan Santana, No Teen Riders, Inc.

6. The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta



1. Keith Laseter, Bridging The Gap Foundation

2. Ryan Cameron, The Ryan Cameron


3. Re-New Atlanta

4. Dr. Dionne Mahaffey, The Awesome


5. Juan Violates, Giovanni’s Children


6. Georgia Equality Foundation



1. The Georgia Voice

2. Rafael Navarro - El Nuevo Georgia

3. Channel 2 WSB TV & Radio

4. The Cast of Christian View TV

5. Tracy Steele, Steele Pretty Foundation

6. Sammie Haynes and Kimberly M. Chapman,

    Sheen Magazine



1. D’Vante Black and Hasan Yates

2. James A Worthy

3. Angela Carswell and Christopher "Noxx"

    Williams, Positive Arts Movement

4. Kenya M. Griffin, Amazing Grace Dance


5. Wonder Root

6. Brian Clowdus, Serenbe Playhouse



1. Dr. Brandi Childress, Perfect Touch


2. R J. Shepard II, Better Home Health Care of GA

3. Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed, Sisters by Choice

4. Dr. Rondrick Williamson

5. Dr. Angie Eugene, Trinity Vision Global

6. Dr. Rick Agel, Synthesis Medical Acupuncture

    and Health Practices



1. Ahmad Ra'shad Grandsberry

2. Steve Grossman

3. Dr. William J. Brown Jr. Foundation

4. Erica Lee, The PURSE Foundation

5. Isaac Taggart Jr., (VP) The HUGS Foundation

6. Bianca Danielle Guidry, Crying Voice Project



1. After 5 Atlanta

2. STARS Social Group - Atlanta

3. The U First Project

4. Southern Snow Seekers Ski Club

5. Hands Across Atlanta

6. Community Compilation



1. Rickie Smith, In The Life Atlanta

2. Bo Talley, Balling for Lupus

3. Caroline Cook, Teatre De Reve.

4. Bobby and Renee Peoples, TPN

5. Cristina Quinones

6. Debra Ann Antney