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Heart of Charlotte Winners

2021 Heart of Charlotte Award Winners

Sep. 20, 2022

In its inaugural year, the Heart of Charlotte Awards offers grants and awards to individuals and community organizations to support collaborations, partnerships, and leadership. Honorees are celebrated for their exceptional commitment to bettering the Charlotte metro community by strengthening neighborhood connections, investing in educational achievement, creating jobs and supporting business development, and fostering social, racial, and health equity.

Frontline Worker of the Year: Veronica Rankin

Director of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Program Administrator, Magnet Program Director

Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center

Educational Leader of the Year: Mary Quinn

Director of Financial Education

Common Wealth Charlotte

Community Leader of the Year: Jarris “JB” Bell

Executive Director

Christ Centered Community Counseling

Community Engagement Award: Northeastern University Student Nurses Association

Community Partner of the Year: Community Culinary School of Charlotte

2021 Heart of Charlotte Award Honorees

Karen Calder, Executive Director, Classroom Central

Donna Dunlap, Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

Raukell Robinson, Family & Community Engagement Specialist, Central 1 Learning Community, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Arthritis Patient Services, dba Arthritis Services

EmpowHERment, Inc.

Families Forward Charlotte

2021 Grant Recipients


Leadership Program




Booktoberfest Community Book Drive Sponsorship

2021 Presenting Partner

Tryon Medical Partners is a medical practice dedicated to maintaining trusted patient-doctor relationships, providing excellent and innovative care, and giving patients the choices in healthcare that they deserve. The physicians who comprise Tryon Medical Partners practice internal and family medicine, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, rheumatology and sleep medicine. Tryon Medical Partners has nine locations to serve the greater Charlotte area. For more information on Tryon Medical Partners, and to register as a patient, visit

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