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The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders
The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders


The DeKalb Technical College Foundation (DTCF) is kicking off its second “Investing in Dreams” Gala, on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the newly-constructed, state-of-the-art, DeKalb Technical College Conference Center, located at 495 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Georgia. This event is created to pay tribute to selected individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to education and impact in their surrounding communities.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford and the six-member board of directors of The Ken Ford Foundation is one of the seven recipients of the 2011 Investing in Dreams Award.  The Foundation is being honored for its contributions to promote education and music advocacy in our communities and schools through their community projects. The Ken Ford Foundation has also been instrumental in implementing Ken Ford’s vision of bringing music mastery to young people, staff and orchestra itinerants.  Cynthia Dorsey Edwards, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at DeKalb Technical College and executive director of DeKalb Technical College Foundation shares, “We are honored to recognize the contributions of The Ken Ford Foundation.  Their support of and advocacy for music education for students in our local schools is commendable and truly appreciated.”

To date, The Ken Ford Foundation kicked off with a sold-out concert with over 500 attendees to highlight its official launch in June 2010 to serve students and parents in the metro-Atlanta area with their music education needs that included award-winning Electric Violinist, Ken Ford, Grammy-nominated songstress, Dionne Farris and Grammy-nominated singer /songwriter -/producer/musician, Daniel Moore (The Mo’Nique Show).  After completing a successful launch, the Foundation continues to bridge the gap between real life performances and music education with their signature “Making the Violin Fun” workshops which has served over 3000 children from grade school to high school since last year. Future programs include The Ken Ford Symphony Orchestra. Annette Jackson, Executive Director of The Ken Ford Foundation shares her excitement, “Lending talents to the community is a passion every citizen should embrace for the sustainability of genius cultures.  When music, mastery and children's welfare are heightened with university thinking, watch out world!  The Ken Ford Foundation is carrying the lit torch!” 

Board Members of The Ken Ford Foundation include: Chairman, Larry Johnson (Owner, Building Maintenance Services, Inc., a member of 100 Black Men of America); Treasurer, Simon Guobadia (CEO of SIMCOL Group, a supplier of oil and gas products); Sergeant-at-Arms, David Robinson (Conductor/Arranger Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia); Attorney for the Board, Damien Moore (NFL Sports Agent, All Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc); PR & Marketing Director, Tamika Morrison (Principal Owner, T.MORRISON AGENCY); Secretary of the Board and Education Liaison, Alicia Robinson (Dance Director, Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia) and Executive Staff Members; President/CEO Electric Violinist, Ken Ford and Executive Director Annette Jackson.

Previous year recipients included Ed Needham, President and CEO, Beaver Manufacturing; Judge M. Yvette Miller, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia; Audrey B. Morgan, Chairperson, The Audrey and Jack Morgan Foundation; and Gregory and Betty Levett, Founders, Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home. Ralph Stokes, Director of Corporate Sales and Special Events, PGA Superstore, was honored with the Difference Maker Award.