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 2018 Rising in Community Excellence Awards celebration are:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BEST IN MEDIA

  1. Nicole Ambrose-Poplus, Realtor
  2. Ryan Wison, CEO The Gathering Spot
  3. Victor Bomi, CEO ATLCO
  4. Daphne Jordan, Packing Pretty Pink Firearms, LLC
  5. Sebrena Sumrah - Kelly, Caribbean/American Global Business Connection
  6. Felicia M. Phillips, The Pinkpeneur Network
  7. Abraham Xiong, Government Contractors Associates
  8. Erikka Tiffani, Jim Ellis Audi Marietta
  1. Sister Circle Cast
  2. The Christian View Cast
  3. Nicole Jones, Director, WLTZ Columbus GA
  4. April Ross, BeeTV, West Point, GA
  5. Le Dor Milteer
  6. Dr. Rashad Richey, WAOK 1380
  7. DJ Ezzy B and Symphony Thompson, 106LiveRadio.com
  8. Brown, Hayes & Jackson of Soul Sisters, Dash Radio

Music and Entertainment

THE ARTS

  1. Bernie Lawrence-Watkins, Entertainment Attorney
  2. Yusef Muhammad, Sweet Auburn Festival
  3. Plus Positive
  4. Chester Wilkins, Music
  5. Cappriccieo Scates, Mytrell Records
  6. Jerell Shearin, Georgia Spartans
  7. Kevin Shine, Writing Sessions of America
  8. Monei Sutton
  1. Micheal Bend
  2. The Urban Advocate
  3. Draw Change
  4. Moving Art Experience
  5. Wonder Root
  6. Rony S. Delgarde, The Global Paint for Charity, Inc.
  7. Mikey Sparkles
  8. Saving Our Daughters

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR

BEAUTY AND FASHION

  1. Gary L. Davis Sr., Next Level Boys Academy, INC
  2. Terence & Cecilia Lester, Love Beyond Walls
  3. Georgia Hope
  4. Georgia Alliance
  5. Charessa Sawyer, Charge Up Campaign
  6. Eboni Harris, Yess 4 Youth
  7. Summer Hill Community Ministries
  8. Megan Anderson, Furniture Bank of Atlanta
  1. LeAnna Council
  2. Pitch Black Fashion Weekend
  3. Euriel I. Hemmerly
  4. Deshonica Kerrie
  5. Stephan "Step The Barber" Swearingen
  6. Rawan Asad
  7. Sharon Gary-Dill Hackney
  8. Tracy Nicole

CIVIL SERVANT OF THE YEAR

SOCIAL IMPACT / COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  1. Gerald A. Griggs, Civil Rights Attorney
  2. Larry Johnson, Commisioner
  3. Yolanda L. Lewis, District Court Admin., AJC
  4. Mayor Vince Williams, Union City GA
  5. Cassandra Kirk, Chief Magistrate Judge
  6. Mitch Henry, Commisioner
  7. Khalid Kamau, Councilman-City of South Fulton
  8. Felicia A Moore, ATL City Council President
  1. Todd A Gray
  2. Walt Harris, Official Pro Players
  3. Jae Nash
  4. Timothy Richardson, Ties For Change
  5. Jay & Ernestine Morrison
  6. DeKalb Country Alpha Phi Alpha's
  7. Marcus Acostus, Hands Across Atlanta
  8. David Morris, Leaf Foundation

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Media PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

  1. Fadelf Jackson
  2. Dr. Aldrun Tartt
  3. Dr. Lorie Johnson
  4. Tiffany D. Kelly, Loose The Power Within
  5. Charise Stephens, Get Fit GA
  6. Maggie Payne, Dahlonega Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
  7. Keundric Loucious, CEO Effect Fitness INC
  8. Dr. Victor Blake, Morehouse Medicine
  1. Crossroads News Paper
  2. Urban Enterprises
  3. The Atlanta Voice
  4. Ponce & Peachtree
  5. Team Jesus Magazine
  6. South Fulton Lifestyle
  7. Bonheur Fashion Magazine
  8. Atlanta Social Season Magazine

EDUCATOR(S) OF THE YEAR

THE FOUNDERS RISING STAR CANDIDATES

  1. Communities In Schools ATL
  2. The NSORO Foundation
  3. Deon Grant Foundation
  4. PAW Kids
  5. Melissa D. White, Writing Our Wrongs
  6. Dr. Duke Bradley, Banneker High School
  7. Deedria Chauntee, CEI
  8. Carey Center for Mathematics

FILM / PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. ReAnn Ring
  2. Shante Paige
  3. Patrick Ladonis, Scales
  4. C. Nathaniel Brown
  5. Vashmere Valentine
  6. Derek Blanks
  7. Will Kennedy
  8. Saptosa Foster, Black Women Film Network

YOUTH ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR

  1. Heaven Hightower (12 yo)
  2. Henry Stevens (14 yo)
  3. Shania Childress (17 yo)
  4. Novembur Hill (11 yo)
  5. Jasmine Stewart (13 yo)
  6. Flaujae (14 yo)
  7. Ashalah Michelle Wright (14 yo)
  8. Aidan Cares (13 yo)
  1. Brown Girls Excellence
  2. Young Generation Movement
  3. Armon Dowdell, Unite For Youth Inc.
  4. Dr. Monique McMiller & Sigma Tau Sigma Sorority, Inc
  5. Natasha M. Brown, Positioned To Prevail
  6. Dr. LaTangela Crossfield, Kreative Christian Works
  7. Danielle Ta’Shae
  8. Rita McGlothin, Just Be Beautiful, INC
  9. Michael Jay & Kathy Taylor | Women On The Rise Atlanta
  10. Keith Lamar Jr, Deputy District Attorney, Wear Your Hearts Inc.

FOUNDATION OF THE YEAR

  1. Will To Way Foundation
  2. Mary Parker Foundation
  3. Dream Warrior Foundation
  4. Erika Lee, PURSE Foundation
  5. The Gentlemen Foundation
  6. Annette B. McCray, Flowers for Lupus Foundation
  7. 5 Stong Scholarship Foundation
  8. Yaminah Childress, Dream It Forward Foundation

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