In recognition of their leadership in music education and outreach programs, Dinah and Fred Gretsch have received the Otis Redding Foundation’s RESPECT Award. The prestigious award was presented at the Otis Redding “Evening of Respect” Tribute Concert in Macon, Georgia, by Foundation Director Karla Redding-Andrews, Otis Redding’s daughter. The concert wrapped up a weekend of star-studded events that celebrated 75 years of the legendary King of Soul, Otis Redding.
Begun in 1883, the now world-famous Gretsch family guitar and drum manufacturers, have for decades supported their community through music. The Gretsch Foundation provides scholarships, donates instruments, and sponsors festivals, concerts, and clinics, including the Gretsch Institute, a music, art, and dance camp for elementary and middle school children.