Darlington’s own Tannika King, director of communications, is one of 11 local "unsung heroes" to be selected as recipients of the 2019 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.
“Tannika is blessed with outstanding people skills and leadership skills, and she tirelessly uses those to serve Rome and Floyd County," said Frank Beacham, who serves on the Sexual Assault Center of NWGA Board of Directors with King and who was one of several people to nominate her.
King has called Rome home since 1991 when she moved from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is a graduate of Rome High School and earned a B.A. in Communication from Berry College. She was named director of communications at Darlington in 2015 after serving as the school's director of media relations since 2004. She is also an advisor for a group of juniors.
Her service to the community includes:
*Board Member and Past President, Sexual Assault Center of NWGA
*2017 SPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee
*2013 and 2017 Rome-Floyd Citizens for Progress (SPLOST YES)
*Chairperson, Citizens for Roberson (Dave Roberson for Floyd County Sheriff)
*Focused on Floyd 101 Citizens Academy Participant, Floyd County Government
*Leadership Rome Participant and Volunteer, Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce
*Court Participant and Prom Queen, A Night to Remember: An Adult Prom for Alzheimer’s Association
*Harbor House Adult Spelling Bee Participant
*Committee Member, Run for the Rescues Animal Welfare Fundraiser
*Committee Member, Hospitality House Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
*Committee Member, Tour de Georgia
*Past Board Member, Greater Rome Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
*Past Board Member, Rome International Film Festival
*Alumni Volunteer, Berry College COM 450 Mock Interviews
*Event Volunteer, Rome Area Council for the Arts
*Event Volunteer, William S. Davies Shelters
*Mentor, Rome-Floyd Communities in Schools
*Junior EYC Advisor, St. Peter's Episcopal Church
*2018 James Douglas Brown Jr. Faculty Award Winner, Darlington School
Other 2019 Heart of the Community award recipients with ties to Darlington are alumnus Chantz McClinic ('04, LD '14) and parents of alumni Barbara Beninato, Harry Brock, Nancy Knight, Jeff and Mary Margaret Mauer, and Mark Webb.
Honorees will be recognized on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the “Affair of the Heart” banquet, which is sponsored each year by the Heart of the Community Foundation and Redmond Regional Medical Center.
Click here to read the Dec. 16 Hometown Headlines article about the 2019 honorees.