The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc. announces that the 15th Annual KTCF, Inc. Awards Gala will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. A reception will precede the gala at 6:30 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 five awards and recipients are:
Leopold Alder II Historic
The Michael Sottile Family, Deep-seated Sottile family values that encourage self-realization, creativity, and a willingness to comprehend “the other” coupled with a broad renaissance education curriculum helped cultivate the family’s collective commitment to historic preservation. The Clan Sottile restoration undertakings have, among other things, successfully preserved local historical structures and blended old-world European structural architect with new-world American urban city design, which can be seen throughout Savannah’s Victorian District and other parts of the city.
King-Tisdell Cottage Fine
Mr. William M. Pleasant, Jr. (awarded posthumously), Mr. Pleasant used his artistic lens, imagination, and skills to create works of art that presented individuals with opportunities to experience new thoughts and feelings that helped redefine acceptable social “norms”. Through art he chronicled Black heritage, a life-long crusade that documented early African- American influence and historical landmarks in Savannah.
W.W. Law Legacy Award
Dr. Gary N. Harvey— Activism is an intentional act; it is goal oriented and can take on many forms. For nearly four decades, Dr. Harvey has actively participated in professional and group advocacy that focus on improving individuals’ quality of life. In 1976, equipped with knowledge that heals and driven by a keen interest in enhancing community, Dr. Harvey began his journey as a community activist, using his practice of medicine and other humanitarian instruments to publically declare, promote, and exercise the humanitarian principles that define his community activist platform. Beach Institute Education
Mrs. Dora S. Myles, Principal Myles began her career in education some forty years ago, during which time she earned the reputation of being “The Goto Person” in the Savannah- Chatham County Public School System to help improve the performance of underperforming schools. This veteran educator, affectionately described as having the heart of a grandmother and demeanor of a drill sergeant, is profoundly committed to a holistic approach to professional and child development.
Reverend James M.
Simms Public Service
Dr. J.W. Jamerson, III, Public service is nothing less than the embodiment of public good. Throughout his life, Dr. Jamerson, III has worked tirelessly to serve the public by helping individuals gain access. He began his public servitude as a youth growing up in Savannah attending “underground” meetings with his father and a group of biracial citizens who collaborated to improve human relations. Dr. Jamerson helped to integrate the Daffin Park Swimming Pool in 1964. He was the first African American Dentist elected president of the GDA’s Southeast District Dental Society. He was active with the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc. when it became incorporated and when the Beach Institute reopened. He currently chairs the Board of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, which was named Georgia’s official Civil Rights Museum.
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 KTCF Annual Awards Gala is the Foundation’s primary activity for securing, operating and personnel support. Individual tickets for the gala are available for $75.00. Table and sponsorships are available.
For more, information, please contact the Beach Institute at 912-234-8000.
The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation was founded in 1981 by civil rights leader, historian, and preservationist W.W. Law. The mission of the Foundation is to research, collect, interpret and present African American history and culture through exhibits, art, films, lectures, oral history, tours, and publications.
The Foundation endeavors to promote and disseminate information concerning this history and to celebrate the contributions of African Americans, especially in Georgia and the Sea Islands of South Carolina. The Foundation seeks to foster continued interracial understanding