2018 Annual King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Awards Gala Honorees


The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation is pleased to announce the Honorees for the 2018 Annual KTCF Awards Gala and to invite your participation and support as we celebrate their accomplishments. The Gala will be held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM. A reception will begin at 6:45 PM. Parking is complimentary.

The 2018 King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Honorees are: Leopold Adler, II Historic Preservation Award – Mrs. Lisa L. White, Savannah Historic Preservation Advocate and Activist; King-Tisdell Cottage Arts Award – Mrs. Rose O. Smith, Savannah Music Educator and Choir(s) Director; Beach Institute Education Award – Chef Joe Randall, Founder, Chef Joe Randall’s Cooking School/ African American Chefs’ Hall of Fame; Reverend James M. Simms Public Service Award – Mrs. Dorothy Cohen, Founder, Savannah Kwanzaa Celebration/ Community Activist; W.W. Law Legacy Award – Ms. Suzanne Shank, Chairman and CEO, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC.


Each year the Foundation is privileged to honor persons whose lives have enhanced the quality of life in the City of Savannah/ Chatham County as a key feature of our premiere fund-raiser to support our operations and services. Although we are most known for our renowned Ulysses Davis Folk Art Collection of over 230 wood sculptures, we also are proud of the many opportunities we provide for people to engage in discourse while enjoying our exhibits and programs. We continually seek ways to not only remain viable but to grow in the scope and quality of our service. The Beach Institute (1867) and the King-Tisdell Cottage (1896) are our two facilities that highlight the African American experience, especially in this region of Southeast Georgia and the Sea Islands of South Carolina. It was a significant honor for us to receive the 2016 Governor’s Award in the Arts and humanities and Savannah State University’s Public Service Award in 2017.

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