Gloria Coles

Heart of the Community Award

L’Evate created the Heart of the Community award in the fall of 2010 to recognize excellence in community leadership as demonstrated by a long-standing commitment to the advancement of the Donelson, Hermitage and adjacent communities. The first award was given to Gloria Coles in December of 2010 in recognition of her many accomplishments and dedication to our community. Every year, we continue to honor Gloria’s leadership and community spirit by presenting the award at the annual luncheon to a leader making a difference in our area.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Heart of the Community Award, send an email to

Criteria for Nominees

  • Demonstrates effective leadership abilities
  • Actively participates in community activities and events
  • Promotes volunteerism
  • Displays characteristics of L’Evate Program tenets
  • Demonstrates effective mentoring/development of others
  • Demonstrates commitment and ongoing support of broad-based community service


  • Graduate of L’Evate
  • Alumni in good standing
  • Minimum of 10 years of documented involvement to support achievement of criteria as listed above

Past Recipients

  • 2019 – Paula Milton
  • 2018 –
  • 2017 –
  • 2016 –
  • 2015 – Phyllis Williams
  • 2014 – Floyd Shechter
  • 2013 – Willie McDonald
  • 2012 – Phil Ponder
  • 2011 – Larry Keeton
  • 2010 – Gloria Coles