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 2019 Rising in Community Excellence Awards celebration are:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BEAUTY & FASHION

  1. Chris Cota, Accelerated Media Group
  2. Carlo Wilkes, RPM Motorsport of Atlanta
  3. Erika Brown, Erika Brown and Associates Real Estate Group
  4. Jewel Burks Solomon, Part Pic / Amazon
  5. Pinky Cole, Slutty Vegan
  6. Hessel Baker, Dwell Communities & Grove Park Renewal
  7. Aisha Smith Danzy, Five Star Insurance
  8. Leo Sullivan
  9. Joseph & Tauheedah White, Sproxte
  1. Linda Bezuidenhout
  2. Dr. Myla Bennett
  3. Keyuna Faye Webster
  4. Van Miller
  5. Lisa Washington
  6. Marie Leggete
  7. Andrea Boone
  8. Stephan Swearingen
  9. Nat Taylor

SOCIAL IMPACT / COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Music and Entertainment

  1. Ashley Drayton, House Of Artist
  2. Jonita McKinney, Refining Fire Atlanta
  3. Jennifer Sutton, Art Meso
  4. Monei Sutton
  5. Christina Quinones
  6. Robert “Stone” Stafford
  7. Terry Moorer, Learn The Music Business
  8. Diane Sales, The Atlanta Ballet
  9. Montell Jordan
  1. Dr. Marcese Beasley, Clay Co.
  2. Steve Kasha, Serve International
  3. Sojourner Marable Grimmett
  4. Christy Sims, Christy Sims Foundation
  5. Haroun Shahid Wakil, Street Groomers
  6. Jasmine Crowe, GOODR
  7. Debra Edelson, Grove Park Foundation
  8. Brian Poe, Esq.
  9. Dr. Sylvia D. Carter

PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

SPORTS & RECREATION

  1. Field To The Real
  2. CJ and Kelli Stewart, L.E.A.D., Inc.
  3. Reggie Ball, Effect Fitness INC
  4. Sam Crenshaw
  5. Sanjay Patel
  6. Glenn Ford, Jr.
  7. Quicksilver Sports Club
  8. The Harris-Murphy Youth Foundation
  9. Dawn Montgomery, Fans Favorite Fan
  1. South Fulton Magazine
  2. Atlanta Black Magazine
  3. Rolling Out Magazine
  4. Atlanta Tribune
  5. Voyage ATL
  6. The Christian View Magazine
  7. Curated Quarters
  8. Macaroni Kids- CP/Eastpoint & Morrow
  9. Impact Magazine

THE FOUNDERS RISING STAR

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR

  1. DL Collins, The Literacy 4 Youth
  2. Anthony Delgado, I Care Atlanta
  3. CHOICES For Kids
  4. Top Dogg K9 Foundation
  5. Tony Everett, Neighbor To Family
  6. Chad Jackson, Julie’s Dream
  7. Jessica Hill, Build A Sister Up, Inc
  8. Tamara Charles, Sisters In Charge
  9. Derrick Hill, Chase Hill Foundation
  1. Ebony McCormick, The Healthy Dinning App
  2. LaQuana “LAPink” Alexander
  3. India Hyman, I Am Cute and Covered
  4. Jarneen Chaney Brown
  5. Antonette Currie, Live, Love, Juice
  6. Carol Bowman, Learning In Color
  7. Kevin C. Pride and Brian Brown, Influencer 365
  8. Sylvia Webb, 40 Girls and Some Shoes
  9. Micheal Supreme, Teen Director at The Andrew and Walter Young YMCA

FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY

FOUNDATION OF THE YEAR

  1. The NSORO Foundation
  2. The TRU Foundation
  3. MAAC, Inc for Kids
  4. The Thomas Robinson Foundation
  5. Eslene Richmond-Shockley, Caring For Others
  6. I’m A Father F1rst, Jermaine Clarke & Keith Lewis Jr
  7. Cool Dads Rock
  8. Patricia Ann Doyle, PAD Foundation
  9. Trust In Giving Foundation
  1. Tobie Famusipe
  2. Averi Washington
  3. George Pierre
  4. Garrett Forge
  5. Derek Blanks
  6. Aric Thompson
  7. Klarque Garrison
  8. Rob Hardy
  9. Len Gibson

YOUTH ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR

CIVIL SERVANT OF THE YEAR

  1. Derrick Jackson, House Rep. D64
  2. Joyette M. Holmes, Cobb County DA
  3. Matt Westmoreland, ATL City Council
  4. Sheriff Victor Hill, Clayton Co.
  5. Mayor Angelyne Butler, Forest Park
  6. Mayor Liz Hurst, Fairburn
  7. Henry Wayne Howard, Augusta
  8. Antonio Brown, ATL City Councilman
  9. William Boddie, Esq. / House Rep. D62
  1. Aaron Smith
  2. Mason Wright
  3. Heaven Hightower
  4. Myles Truitt
  5. Aiden Anderson
  6. Anthony Gates
  7. Schembri Twins
  8. Nishon Fields
  9. Sydney Wilson

ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

HEALTH & WELLNESS

  1. Monica Bey
  2. Curtis Lovejoy
  3. Alex Jutis, Optimum Health Care Centers
  4. Lafayette “Body By Demond” Simpkins
  5. Dr. John Lipman
  6. Dr. Winston Carhee
  7. Dr. Tosha Rogers
  8. Danielle Jackson
  9. Latasha Lewis, Tadda Fitness
  1. Sigma Tau Sigma, Inc
  2. Dekalb Kids Project, Inc
  3. The Atlanta Thrive
  4. Students Talking Out Problems
  5. Hope Atlanta, Rhonda Taylor
  6. GA Charitable Care Network
  7. THE HOPE BOX
  8. Men Saving Our Community
  9. Erica Wright, U Lead First

OUTSTANDING IN MEDIA

  1. Micheal McFadden, 108.9FM
  2. Dr. Rhonda Travitt, Straight Up No Chaser
  3. Donald “Dee Cee” Craddock Mixx106 Radio
  4. Micheal Jay, Corp World Media
  5. The Morning Rush - 11Alive
  6. Astrid Eliana Martinez, Channel 46
  7. Ray Cornelius, WCLK
  8. Tyisha Fernandez, WSBTV
  9. John Williams, World Star Hit Radio

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