King -Tisdell Kicks off Annual Awards Gala with Luncheon


Pictured are: 2nd row (left to right) Mayor Otis Johnson, Dr. Jacquelyn W. Stephens, Dr. Joe Buck 1st row (left to right) Dr. Olivia Swanson, Mrs. Virginia A. Edwards-Maynor, Mrs. Jessie Collier DeLoach, Dr. Evelyn B. Dandy and Cathy Hill, Honorary Chairman
Pictured are: 2nd row (left to right) Mayor Otis Johnson, Dr. Jacquelyn W. Stephens, Dr. Joe Buck 1st row (left to right) Dr. Olivia Swanson, Mrs. Virginia A. Edwards-Maynor, Mrs. Jessie Collier DeLoach, Dr. Evelyn B. Dandy and Cathy Hill, Honorary Chairman

The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation kicked off its Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 with a luncheon for key community and business leaders at 45 Bistro.

The Annual Awards Gala is scheduled for September 24, 2011 at the Savannah Hyatt Regency. Cathy P. Hill, Region Vice President for Georgia Power Company is the Honorary Chairman for this year.

The Awards Gala is presented each year as a means of recognizing persons who have been consistently noteworthy in their work to improve their surroundings in one of several areas: Historic Preservation, Fine Arts, Public Service, and Education. The W.W. Law Legacy award is also given to persons who embody Mr. Law’s selfless dedication and commitment to this community. The recipients for 2011 are: Honorable James F. Bass, Jr., Judge for the Superior Court of Chatham County; Dr. Clyde W. Hall, Regent’s Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology; Attorney Brooks Stillwell, Partner of Hunter Maclean Law Firm; Mr. David F. Richards, Jr., Community Activist and Mr. Joseph H. Conyers, Assistant Principal Bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“The breadth of the talent of the 2011 awardees, and the depth of their contributions to improving critical facets of the human experience, are impressive,” says King-Tisdell Board Chair, Dr. Annette K. Brock.

The banquet is open to the public and will begin Saturday evening, September 24th at 7:30 p.m. A reception is planned at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets for the banquet are $75.00. Tables and sponsorships are also available.

For more information, please contact the Beach Institute at 912-234-8000. (A.M.) Christian Church; Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); and Women in Science and Engineering.

Kalifa Madeena’s community service includes the following: Volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House; Volunteer in the Special Care Nursery at Candler Hospital, Savannah, Georgia; Volunteer at Savannah Heart, P.C. with owners -Dr. Eugene Nwosu and Mrs. Mary Nwosu of Savannah, Georgia; Information Technologist, Media/ Communications Specialist and Sound Engineer at First New A.M. Christian Church; and Volunteer with the American Diabetes Association of Savannah, Georgia.

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Kalifa Madeena post-secondary plans include attending the first state-chartered university in the United States of America which is a land and sea-grant university and Georgia’s flagship university: The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia –Fall 2011, to complete her (4) four years of undergraduate university studies. Her future plans also include attending and graduating from Medical School.

The Reverend Yusuf K. Shabazz and Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz are the parents of Kalifa Madeena. She has two sisters, Malika and Yasmin and one brother, Yusuf, Jr.

A special thank you is given to her parents, Malika Shabazz, Dr. Leroy Zimmerman and Mrs. Sheri Saleem Scott, all of Savannah, Georgia, who assisted her with the Gates Millennium Scholarship application.


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