The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc. (KTCF) announces that the 16th Annual KTCF, Inc. Awards Gala will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. A reception will begin before the gala at 7:00 p.m. KTCF, Inc. recognizes individuals and organization committed to advancing our society through historic preservation, fine arts, public service, education, and perpetuating the legacy of W.W. Law.
The 2013 honorees are W. John Mitchell (Leopold Alder II Historic Preservation Award), Theron “Ike” Carter (King-Tisdell Cottage Fine Arts Award), Honorable Edna Branch Jackson (W.W. Law Legacy Award), Reverend Thurmond Neil Tillman (Reverend James M. Simms Public Service Award), Dr. Paul M. Pressly (Beach Institute Education Award) and Alexis L. Parker (Robert Sengstacke Abbott Youth Award). Leopold Adler II is a Savannah native who has been actively committed to Savannah’s Historic Preservation efforts. For nearly two decades, W. John Mitchell has worked strategically and tirelessly to help revive the historical significance of Savannah. The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation is committed to using the arts as its primary mode to preserve, interpret, and present to the public, the African American cultural experience. The contributions of Theron “Ike” Carter, over the last 21 years, have promoted understanding of culture and diversity through musical art forms derived from African-American and Afro-Caribbean innovations. Recipients of W.W. Law Legacy Award are recognized for their commitment to the King-Tisdell Cottage, the Beach Institute, the Ulysses Davis Collection, the Legacy Program, or for their tangibly evidenced commitment to the preservation of African-American history and to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Chatham County, a criteria that speaks to the lifelong efforts of Honorable Edna Branch Jackson.
The Reverend James Merilus Simms (1823-1912), an African American, represented Chatham County in the Georgia Legislature during Reconstruction.
During his life he made significant contribution to the social, moral and political thought and policy of the community; Reverend Thurmond Neil Tillman has impacted the Savannah community similarly since 1982. The Beach Institute Education Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of Education in the Coastal Empire— Dr. Paul M. Pressly’s outstanding education contribution to the Coastal Empire began in 1981 at Savannah Country Day School and continues today at the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance. The recipient of Robert Sengstacke Abbott Youth Award is enrolled in high school or college and in good academic standing, has a record of civic engagement, possesses exemplary leadership skills, and is involved in co-curricular activities. Alexis L. Parker, a St. Vincent Academy graduate and Spelman College attendee, was active in sports and community service and achieved academic success throughout her k-12 education experience.
Dr. Annette K. Brock, Chairperson of the KTCF Board of Directors, says, “The Honorees of the Awards Gala are committed to advancing Savannah’s social and civic institutions in ways that enhance the lives of all citizens. The gala presents an opportunity to recognize and tell the stories of fellow Savannahians who have contributed to the advancement of our city”.
The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation was founded in 1981 by civil rights leader, historian, and preservationist W.W. Law. For more, information, please contact the Beach Institute at 912-234-8000.