The tenth annual Rising In Community Excellence Awards
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2021 nominees

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.

business person of the year

  • Derrick Hayes
  • Dr. Shedonna Alexander
  • Darbi Alexander
  • Dr. Clive Taylor
  • Monica Brown
  • Ahmad Rashad Grandberry
  • Mychal Snoopes Dillard

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR

  • The Latin American Association, Atl
  • Calalus Community Charities
  • Free Wish Foundation
  • My Style Matter
  • Solidarity Pantry
  • Unity Network and Counseling Center

FOUNDATION OF THE YEAR

  • Odyssey Atlanta
  • Back On My Feet Atlanta
  • Hope Atlanta
  • The Tickled Past Pink Foundation
  • The Pink Frog Foundation
  • Trinity Vision Global
  • Community Teen Coalition

CIVIL SERVANT OF THE YEAR

  • Beverly Burks, Mayor of Clarkston
  • Sharon Stropshire, East Point City Council
  • Lisa Cupid, Chair of Cobb County
  • Bill Edwards, Mayor of SoFu
  • Erica Thomas
  • Calvin Smyre
  • Michael J. Bond Jr.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

  • Libra J. Hicks
  • Atia Williams
  • Krystal Perkins
  • Penelope McCown
  • Dr Carroll Cooper
  • Glenn / Jill Miller
  • The Family Health Centers of Georgia

ENTERTAINMENT, SPORTS, & FILM

  • Ira CarMichael
  • Jessica Mote
  • Amari Cheatom
  • Sue Ann Taylor
  • Rhonda Baraka
  • Stephaine J Hay
  • Debbie Ireland

OUTSTANDING IN MEDIA

  • Donald “Dee Cee” Craddock
  • Sandy Moye
  • Jackie Penrice
  • Tomika Jackson
  • Carisha Zenitta Johnson
  • Dwight Buckner
  • Soul Sisters (Brown / Hayes)

SOCIAL & COMMUNITY IMPACT

  • Marshawn Evans – Daniels
  • John / Rhonda Wilkins
  • Waleed Shamsid Deen
  • Amar Llama
  • The Metro Atlanta Ministerial Alliance
  • Stacey Abrams
  • Be The Now

THE FOUNDERS RISING STAR

  • Dru Martin
  • Terrance Bennett
  • Dominque White
  • Dr. Omar Howard
  • Charelle Lans
  • Michelle Valines
  • Quinisha Rutherford
  • Christopher Triplett

ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

  • Sigma Tau Sigma Sorority, Inc.
  • Project U First
  • NCBW 100 Metro Atlanta
  • Ladies Who Brunch ATL
  • Scoobie West & Company
  • Pay Positive American Youth
  • One Race Movement

YOUTH ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR

  • Sahana Vij
  • Jalen Aliyu
  • Eli Hannon
  • Cavaungh Bell
  • Chelsa Wright
  • Beau Shell
  • The Schembri Twins

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

  • Shakira Rice
  • Amy Gonglefski
  • Lauren Ketton
  • Dr. Victoria Seals
  • Jason B. Allen
  • Phillip Peavy
  • Dr. Terrilyn Rivers

PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

  • The Atlanta Inquire
  • Christian Vogue Magazine
  • Prove Magazine
  • Scars of Survival Magazine
  • 2 Savage Magazine
  • The Atlanta Voice
  • Empeccable Magazine

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