Th e King- Ti s – dell Cottage Foundation, Inc. (KTCF) announces that its 18th Annual KTCF, Inc. Awards Gala will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Savannah State University. A reception will precede the gala at 7:00 p.m. KTCF, Inc. recognizes individuals and organizations committed to advancing our society through historic preservation, fine arts, public service, education, and perpetuating the legacy of W.W. Law.
The 2015 honorees are Mr. Stephen Hartley (Leopold Alder II Historic Preservation Award), Mr. Jerome B. Meadows (King-Tisdell Cottage Fine Arts Award), Reverend Matthew Southall Brown, Sr. (W.W. Law Legacy Award), Mrs. Cathy P. Hill (Reverend James M. Simms Public Service Award) and Dr. (Ret.) Col. LeRoy “Zke” Zimmerman (Beach Institute Education Award).
Leopold Adler II, a Savannah native, was actively committed to Savannah’s
Historic Preservation efforts. For nearly two decades, Mr. Stephen Hartley has participated in the restoration of more than 50 historic sites throughout the country, winning awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation for his work. He is internationally recognized for his work in the field and has served as a peer reviewer for the Association for Preservation Technology. Hartley’s vision for the Savannah Technical College program is to engage the students with practical projects in the community, simultaneously educating his students, and contributing to the benefit of the City of Savannah and beyond. 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 Mr. Jerome B. Meadows, over the last 18 years, have promoted understanding of culture and diversity through visual and public space designed art forms. He is a full time studio artist working and residing in an historic Ice House in Savannah, Georgia. His focus in the arts has been in the design and fabrication of large scale public art projects, including site layout, landscape issues, along with the conceptualization and fabrication of sculptural components all fully integrated into a cohesive whole.
These projects are located throughout the United States. In 2004 he founded Indigo Sky Community Gallery within the same Ice House, and continues to serve as its director. Mr. Meadows’ sculptural work for the recently completed Portsmouth, NH African Burying Ground Memorial was awarded a 2013 NEA Art Works Grant for “The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence.” This project has been featured in an NPR report. 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 criterion that speaks to the lifelong efforts of Reverend Matthew Southall Brown, Sr. In his senior years, Pastor Brown is still pressing on in God’s Vineyards through his ministerial outreach. On November 18, 2009, Congressman Barrow welcomed Rev. Matthew Southall Brown, Sr., pastor emeritus of St. John Baptist Church in Savannah, to the U.S. Capitol to serve as guest chaplain in the U.S. House of Representatives. Every member of Congress is allowed to recommend one religious leader every Congress to serve as the guest chaplain. The opening prayer in the House of Representatives is a tradition dating back to 1789. Reverend Brown served his country with valor in World War II. At a time when the armed forces were still segregated.
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; Mrs. Cathy P. Hill has impacted the Savannah community similarly since 1984. She has held management positions in fleet operations, district engineering, region power delivery, and region distribution operations. She served as assistant to the president & CEO prior to her current position. She was elected vice president of Coastal Region in 2008. Presently, Mrs. Hill currently serves as secretary – treasurer of the Savannah Economic Development Authority. She is chairman of the Board of Directors for Armstrong State University Educational Properties Foundation and past-chairman of the Creative Coast, United Way of the Coastal Empire and Armstrong State University Foundation. Civically, she also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Technical College, Georgia Tech – Savannah, Memorial Medical Health Foundation, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Step Up Savannah, and Sun- Trust Bank – Savannah. The state of Georgia’s House and Senate issued 2009 resolutions commending her professional and civic work. She was honored as a “2014 Community Star” by Georgia Ports Authority, a 2014 “Woman of Distinction” by Girl Scouts of the Coastal Empire and a 2014 “Hero” by the American Red Cross for lifetime professional and community achievements.
The Beach Institute Education Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of education in the Coastal Empire—Dr. LeRoy “Zke” Zimmerman’s outstanding education contribution to the Coastal Empire began in 2003 at Herschel V. Jenkins High School and continued until he retired from Savannah Chatham County Public Schools in 2014. During his 21 years in education, Zimmerman established three (3) major programs to provide students additional assistance in preparing for college. In 1996, he started MEGAGENESIS – a program designed to enlighten students and parents about College and Career opportunities. To date, over 24,000 students and parents have been served by this program. In 1997, he initiated the “Fatherhood Program”. This program is designed to prepare young men to be successful – professionally and in the family. Over 1200 young men have participated in the “Fatherhood Program”. In 2013, Zimmerman initiated the “School Mentoring Program” – establishing mentoring programs in the elementary, middle and high schools in Savannah. Currently, Zke serves as President of the 100 Black Men of Savannah. He is the Moderator of his church and he teaches Sunday School. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Gideons International and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. It is Zimmerman’s philosophy that every student can go to college. The art is to match the student with the college that best fits her or him.
The KTCF Annual Awards Gala is the Foundation’s primary activity for securing funds for operating and personnel support. Individual tickets for the gala are available for $75.00. Table and sponsorships are available for the event. For more, information, please contact the Beach Institute at 912-234-8000.