Dream Academy Board member received the Georgia Hospital Association’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award

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Starr Purdue, Dream Academy Board member, recently received the Georgia Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award. Starr received this prestigious annual award for her service to Navicent Health and many contributions to our community. 

Each year, GHA presents its Distinguished Service Award to a hospital trustee or community leader who has made outstanding contributions to healthcare. Award nominees must meet four criteria in order to be considered for this award. The nominee must be a recognized leader within their community and within their business or profession. He or she must contribute their time and talent to improving the hospital and other healthcare services within their community. The nominee must bring about specific and positive change that advances healthcare services within the community. Finally, the nominee must improve public attention and create public concern for meeting the healthcare needs of the community. We are so very pleased that GHA has recognized Starr’s contributions in these four areas.

The Macon native was a recognized leader within the community and within her profession. It is during her term as Chair of the Navicent Health board that has grown in stature through its well-crafted strategy and community leadership in central and south Georgia. Under her leadership, Navicent Health has received many regional and national awards and recognition in the areas of leadership, quality, equity of care, community and citizenship endeavors.

February 15 is officially Otis Redding Day

 Photos were taken by the official Senate photographer.

Photos were taken by the official Senate photographer.

Otis Redding Day is an official holiday in the state of Georgia and will be celebrated every year on Feb. 15!

Fifty years after his passing, the legacy and music of Otis Redding lives on in film, television, music education programs and scholarships bearing his name. The State of Georgia has acknowledged the KING OF SOUL, Otis Redding, with a series of recognitions culminating in the official sanction of Otis Redding Day at the Capitol this past Thursday. 

The Redding Family and Estate worked diligently with the elected officials of the City of Atlanta and State of Georgia to make the first Otis Redding day, a day to remember.


2018 Otis Redding Evening of Respect celebrated at the legendary Apollo Theater

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This year was a year to celebrate. The foundation celebrated the 10th year of the Otis Music camp and the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the King of Soul's passing, as well as the 50th anniversary of his hit song, (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay.  

Otis and his legacy lives on and was celebrated at the 2018 Evening of Respect which was held at the Apollo Theater on January 25. The show was sold out and was filled with fans from all over the globe. 

The event showcased a variety of musicians and actors. There were performances from the Preservation Hall Jazz band, the Dap Kings, Nikka Costa, Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Ty Taylor, Warren Haynes, Marcus King, Ruth B, Jussie Smollett and more. 

The Redding family was also in attendance and was even apart of the show. The King's sons, Dexter and Otis III, performed beautiful renditions and his daughter, Karla, was the emcee for the night.

Needless to say, the evening was one to remember and like Otis, the night will not be forgotten. 

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She Rocks Awards 2018: Karla Redding-Andrews awarded with the Champion Award

 Photographed by Rayn Barnett.

Photographed by Rayn Barnett.

Executive Director of the foundation, Karla Redding-Andrews was recently awarded by the Women's International Music Network's, She Rocks Award. Redding-Andrews was saluted with Champion Award.

Dedicated to celebrating women working in the music industry, the sixth annual She Rocks Awards was held on January 26. This year, the event carried even more of an urgent tone in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. 

Redding-Andrews was recognized for her skill-building programs and life-transforming opportunities that she has help made available through the Otis Redding Foundation.

The proud daughter of Otis Redding, Redding-Andrews is always focused on her father’s philanthropic efforts by overseeing a number of the foundation’s programs that offer young people music education opportunities. These programs include the Otis Music Camp and the DREAM Choir.

Although she is a large part in the foundations success, Redding-Andrews is apart of other organizations that are making a difference in the community. As a board member of the Georgia Music Foundation, the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and the Governing Board of the DREAM Academy, she was praised for her ability to juggle all of her tasks at an incredible standard.

 Photographed by Rayn Barnett.

Photographed by Rayn Barnett.


Otis Redding Foundation Executive Director awarded with She Rocks Award

 Redding-Andrews pictured with campers during the 2017 Otis Music Camp.

Redding-Andrews pictured with campers during the 2017 Otis Music Camp.

Executive Director of the foundation, Karla Redding-Andrews was recently awarded with the Women's International Music Network's, She Rocks Award. 

Redding-Andrews was recognized for her skill-building programs and life-transforming opportunities that she has help made available through the Otis Redding Foundation.

The proud daughter of Otis Redding, Redding-Andrews is always focused on her father’s philanthropic efforts by overseeing a number of the foundation’s programs that offer young people music education opportunities. These programs include the Otis Music Camp and the DREAM Choir.

Although she is a large part in the foundations success, Redding-Andrews is apart of other organizations that are making a difference in the community. As a board member of the Georgia Music Foundation, the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and the Governing Board of the DREAM Academy, she was praised for her ability to juggle all of her tasks at an incredible standard.