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Atlanta, GA – MELT (www.meltatl.com) CEO Vince Thompson will be the featured speaker at the upcoming R.I.C.E. Awards (Rising In Community Excellence) to be held at Spring Hall at Global Forum in Atlanta tomorrow from 6-10 p.m.

The R.I.C.E. Awards are given to individuals who exemplify professional excellence while edifying the community. Category nominees include outstanding individuals from the following areas: business; beauty and fashion; non-profit; civil service; health and welfare; entertainment; education; media; music and arts; technology and sustainability.

Hosted by Rodney Perry, and featuring the culinary talents of executive chef Rob Stewart, the awards were created by C. Chandon Carter to celebrate those individuals who are both innovative and charitable within their community.

Thompson’s talk, “Breaking the Cycle,” will empower and encourage Atlantans to help an individual, a family or their community to help break the cycle of poverty, homelessness and other situations. This past May, Thompson was awarded Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association for his work in the Atlanta community. Thompson also serves on the Board of Directors of the Showcase Group, volunteers with Wellspring Living – – an organization to stop human sex trafficking – – and raises funds for the Arthritis Foundation.

“I’m excited and humbled to share the stage with so many of Atlanta’s influential leaders and be a part of the R.I.C.E. Awards,” said Thompson, “Having the opportunity to speak about giving back in your community is cathartic, as it’s been a top priority of mine since I’ve been in business.”

For more information, or to attend the event, go to www.thericeawards.com. #TheRiceAwards2015, #TheRiceAwards, @TheRiceAwards, @CChandonCarterFounder

About MELT

Founded by CEO Vince Thompson in 2000, MELT, LLC, is an Atlanta-based, fully integrated sports and entertainment marketing agency. MELT services include advertising, original content development, digital, social media, event and experiential marketing, retail and consumer promotions, brand strategy and sports property evaluation and activation. www.meltatl.com @MELTatl Facebook.com/MELTatl