Photo credit: Disney on Ice/Maryann Bates

Photo credit: Disney on Ice/Maryann Bates

On Thursday, April 13, Otis Redding Foundation executive director Karla Redding-Andrews took part in a Junior Press Conference with Disney On Ice and the Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center. From the press release:

Young ladies will interview influential women from the Macon community and a Disney On Ice skater to practice reporting, newsgathering and handling digital media. In the spirit of the show, Disney On Ice has partnered with Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center to host a “Junior Press Conference” to teach young ladies the ins-and-outs of newsgathering and navigating the press in today’s highly digital landscape. Following a day of celebrating and learning from successful women, the young ladies will stay to enjoy the show.



Photo credit: Disney On Ice / Maryann Bates

Photo credit: Disney On Ice / Maryann Bates

Photo Credit: courtesy Disney On Ice/Maryann Bates

Other panelists (pictured above) included Geneva West (Executive Director, Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center), Elaine Lucas (Commissioner, Macon-Bibb District 3), Molly Wilkins (Owner, Southern Bon Vivant) and Moderator/Host Ashley Kirklen (Anchor, FOX 24/ABC 16).

Following the press conference, Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream performed at the Macon Centreplex, April 13-16.

2017 Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award to be Presented to the Redding Family

The Redding family is thrilled to be receiving the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award. The Reddings, and the Otis Redding Foundation, have a strong relationship with Mr. McDuffie and the Center for Strings, and it is truly an honor to be recognized for their efforts. From Mercer University's website:

MACON – The third annual Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award will be presented to the Redding family on April 28. The award is given to an individual or group who has exhibited a strong dedication to and support for the arts, and by extension, for their community and its future.

“The Reddings have worked tirelessly to promote music and culture in Macon. Their commitment to this effort makes them extremely deserving of this year’s honor," said Center Director Amy Schwartz Moretti.

Established in 2007 by Zelma Redding in her husband’s honor, the Otis Redding Foundation, with its roots in music, has created educational awareness programs in the arts and humanities, including the popular Otis Music Camp that takes place every summer. Karla Redding-Andrews, daughter of Otis, serves as executive director of the foundation. Three generations of Reddings have been working to realize The Dream Academy, a statewide charter school positioned to open in fall 2018.

“The Redding family has contributed not only to the musical fabric of our city through their Otis Redding Foundation, but to the lives of generations to come by working to create the Dream Academy, a charter school that will combine arts and academics,” said Moretti.

The award will be presented before a concert by the Mercer University Orchestra on April 28. The Center will also present a $500 donation to the Otis Redding Foundation. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Neva Langley Fickling Hall in the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

About Townsend School of Music

Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, the Joan Stockstill Godsey Center for Keyboard Studies and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within Townsend School of Music, is a highly selective program that prepares string students for success in the real world. Students study with some of America’s most renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university. For more information and a complete listing of this season’s concerts please visit www.mercer.edu/music, or call (478) 301-2748.

Media Contact:

Meagan Evans (478) 301-2933 evans_ml@mercer.edu

Karla Redding-Andrews Receives 11th Hour Readers Choice Award for "Favorite Local Citizen"

The Otis Redding Foundation was honored by an 11th Hour Readers Choice Award on Thursday, March 30 at an ceremony and concert at the Cox Capitol Theatre in Downtown Macon. Karla Redding-Andrews received the "Favorite Local Citizen" award, voted by readers of the publication. We are thrilled to have another shiny gold record for our walls!

Karla Redding-Andrews and Justin Andrews Take Place in Cherry Blossom Festival Fashion Show

Left to Right: Dele Reichert with Justin Andrews and Karla Redding-Andrews.

Otis Redding Foundation executive director Karla Redding-Andrews and program assistant Justin Andrews both took on modeling duty at Cherry Blossom Festival's fashion show on Thursday, March 30. Check out some of the wonderful pictures of all the stylish people who also took part.

Karla Redding-Andrews and Hope from Clinique at Dillard's.

Dele Reichert, Karla Redding-Andrews and Montene Carroll.

Karla Redding-Andrews with the lovely Little Miss Cherry Blossom, Carly Hicks.

ORF Board Member to Feature in Dancing with the Stars of Central Georgia

2017's Dancing with the Stars of Central Georgia is fast approaching, with the big event to take place on Saturday, May 6 at the Macon City Auditorium. And among those practicing their feet off, is Canaan Marshall, who serves on the Otis Redding Foundation's Board of Directors. Canaan is a premier floral designer for some of the most beautiful events and weddings, and we know that his infectious energy will be a joy to watch on the stage. Good luck, Canaan!