96.3 Kiss FM is pleased to announce the 2019 Enoch Tarver Law Firm Kiss Family Reunion Advocate Honorees
Augusta GA- WKSP 96.3 Kiss FM Radio will host the tenth annual Kiss Family Reunion on Saturday, October 12th at the Evans Town Center Park in Evans Ga.Kiss Family Reunion is a community festival that offers an array of vendors, adult recreation, a health and wellness pavilion and popular R&B and neo-soul artists in concert. The musical line up includes both national and local entertainment and more.
96.3 Kiss FM will salute the dedicated service of three community advocates from the CSRA with the Enoch Tarver Law Firm Kiss Family Reunion Advocate Awards.The winners represent the areas that are paramount to a strong and thriving community:
- Spirit of Excellence Award, which emphasizes advocating for programs and objectives that improved the quality of life for others in the community...
- Health and Wellness Champion, which assists in the growth, development and sustainability of the physical, social and emotional growth of our community...
- Seed Sower Mentorship Award, who guides, mentors and champions youth and adults to create opportunities for youth and young adults so that they can thrive in our community.
Tickets for the 2019 Kiss Family are available at Raceway (Wrightsboro Rd), Pyramid Music & Video (Broad Street), online at etix.com, 963kissfm.com and power107.net for $40. The will be $60 day of show. For details call 706-396-6000 ext. 116 or visit 963kissfm.com or etix.com.
The following honorees will be recognized at this years’ Kiss Family Reunion.
Spirit Of Excellence Award - Margaret Tutt Adams
Margaret Tutt Adams, a woman of faith, has one biological son, NyMarko and two grandsons, NyMarko II & Nyier, but her heart encompasses many sons and daughters. Ms. Adams is the first person to ever hold the position of a Juvenile Probation Officer in Columbia County’s history and retired as the Chief Probation Officer and Manager of Columbia County Juvenile Court in 2012 after 34 years of dedicated services. She currently serves as the part-time, Program Director for Columbia County Juvenile Court, overseeing many of the programs she was instrumental in starting, during her tenure of service.
She is an advocate for the youth and devotes much of her time speaking, throughout the community and in the school system, encouraging and offering advice that she hope will edify and aid in strengthening and empowering them to make good choices and in the development of their decision making skills. She is a graduate of John Pierce Blanchard Consolidated School and earned her B.A from Paine College, Augusta, GA and studied for her M.A. at Cal State Dominguez, Carson, CA. She was a former educator in the Columbia County School System and Los Angeles California Unified School District prior to being employed by Juvenile Court. She’s the recipient of various career, civic and community certificates, awards and honors, to include the WRDW-TV NEWS 12 Time to Care Award. She is a resident of Columbia County and has lived most of her life in this area.
Ms. Adams attributes her devotion and choice to purposely, live her life encouraging others, to her greatest two role models, her parents, Robert and Minnie Tutt. Her mother repeatedly reminded her that from birth, she had an obligation to be all that God purposed her to become and likewise a responsibility to give back to others, climaxing with the reminder of, If you can’t say something positive about someone then don’t say anything at all and to never forget that she represented the family’s name and honor, in all her spoken words and behavior. Ms. Adams feels that if she can encourage, empower, direct, and redirect someone in a positive manner, who has lost their way, through a kind word, gesture or deed, then her living will not be in vain.
Health & Wellness Champion Award - Dr. Robert M. Clark
Dr. Robert Clark grew up in Exton, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. When Robert Clark came to the end of his college years, he had what some people might consider an enviable dilemma: go to medical school or become a professional golfer.
He had been interested in medicine since he was 11 or 12 years old, so by the time he finished college, medical school seemed like a natural choice.
When the acceptance letter arrived for the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine he decided to go. After completion of medical school, he decided to start a family with his beautiful wife Lucinda and two children, Jessica and Xavier. His first medical practice was in Fayetteville, North Carolina. From there, the family moved to Augusta, where he has been on staff at the Center for Primary Care since 1994.
Considering the group’s diversity with respect to background, religion, ethnicity, personality, and interests, he finds CPC’s physicians to be complementary and remarkably compatible. “We are a unique group and work well together,” he says.
Dr. Clark’s background and patient care approach bring yet another facet to the group. His medical degree is Doctor of Osteopathy, a philosophy of medicine that considers illnesses in the context of the whole system rather than in isolation.
“In today's environment, there are a few differences between MDs and DOs with respect to training and practice,” he says.
The unique dimension Dr. Clark brings to Center for Primary Care, however, has less to do with his degree with but his approach to patient care. “I am probably more holistic view among other primary care physicians, “ he said. Holistic implies a great emphasis on prevention and, when appropriate, a treatment that relies less on medicine than other approaches, such as nutrition, exercise, vitamins, muscular manipulations and consideration of environmental influences.
Part of this interest grew out of his medical training, but his experience as a father asthmatic child had a great impact. Jessica was born with asthma, secondary to being a premature infant. When the child was 2 years old Lucinda decided to track her asthma attacks to see if there was a pattern. They discovered that Jessica’s attacks were occurring after the house was cleaned with bleach. This experience caused Dr. Clark to ask himself, “What might I be missing with my patients?”
Dr. Clark finds that a growing number of patients- particularly those who grew up in the 1960s- are more open to holistic approaches to medicine.
”As they get older,” he says, “they want to avoid health problems their parents faced.”
Aside from practicing medicine and participating in golf, Dr. Clark dances the Argentine tango with his wife, spends time with his family, and travelling to the Caribbean and West Coast. He takes greatest pride in his family, but grateful for opportunities he has had to make a difference in a community. He is particularly pleased to have founded the Esquire Club for black males at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Created for social and philanthropic purposes, the organization had thrived for 20 years as a source of recreation, camaraderie, and scholarship funding.
Dr. Clark’s relaxed manner, sense of humor, medical skills, and obvious interest in improving the human condition are tremendous assets that not only serve his patient but also further broaden the scope and quality of medicine at the Center for Primary Care.
Seed Sower Mentorship Award - Coach Clint Bryant
Providing commitment and care for Augusta University as the Director of Athletics, Clint Bryant has firmly established himself as one of the most reputable administrators and leaders for equality in the state of Georgia, the Southeast and in the nation. Bryant is now in his 31st year at the head of Augusta University Athletics
He oversees a 13-sport athletics department that has steadily fought for conference, regional, and national honors. Under Bryant’s leadership, Augusta’s programs have enjoyed success on and off the playing fields and courts.
Highly visible and respected on the local, regional and national levels, Bryant brings an infectious enthusiasm to the university. Bryant’s work with the NCAA and USA Basketball has brought national attention to Augusta University Athletics. In July, 2012, Bryant was honored by the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the association.
Locally, he sits on the Board of Directors of both the Forest Hills Golf Club Management Committee as well as the Shiloh Community Center. He is a member of the Voices for Georgia’s Children Board and serves on the Augusta University Committee on Quality. One of the co-founders of the NIKE Peach Jam, Bryant also is a board member for the Augusta City Classic college football game.
Heavily involved in the community, Bryant is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Augusta. He is also a member of the United Way of the CSRA Board of Directors, a current member and past president of the 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc., and a past honorary chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia (1992).
In 2012, the Augusta Kiwanis Club honored Bryant with the George B. Barrett Award, which is presented annually to the member who best embodies leadership qualities and civic contributions. Bryant also received the Paul Harris Fellow Award in August, 2011 from the Augusta Rotary Club.
Bryant earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey in 1977 and received a master’s degree in Personnel Services in 1980 from Clemson University. At Belmont, he received the Marty Thomas Scholar-Athlete Award, given annually to a student-athlete who demonstrated both academic and athletic excellence.
Bryant is married to the former Patricia Sweeney of Piedmont, S.C. They have two adult daughters, Lauren Ashley, a graduate of Georgetown University and resident of Washington, D.C.; and Kristin Amanda, a graduate of Wake Forest University who now lives in Boston, Mass.