The Renaissance Society of the Fondren Renaissance Foundation is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Renaissance Awards will be held on Thursday evening, May 10, 2012 at the historic Cedars. This event recognizes six very distinguished and deserving Jacksonians who have set the standards by which the rest of us must follow in order for our city and neighborhoods to thrive. They believe in Jackson and have improved its quality of life – they are what make this city and the area of Fondren great. This year’s awards recipients are: Andrew Mattiace and Mike Peters for their leadership in urban renewal, Billy Mounger for his leadership in the Arts, David Watkins for his leadership in historic preservation and for Elise and William Winter for their leadership as visionaries. 

The evening will begin at 6:30 and will feature the Southern delicacies from the famed husband and wife team Derek and Jennifer Emerson of Walker’s Drive In and Local 463. Music and dancing for the evening will feature “Swing de Paris” from 6:30 until 9:00. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration efforts of the home and grounds as well as the continuing arts education efforts of The Cedars. Renovated and restored in 2003, The Cedars, Jackson’s oldest standing residential structure will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2015. The structure and grounds are maintained by the Fondren Renaissance Foundation and serve as a vital location for community events throughout the Jackson area. Daily maintenance and further continued preservation are needed to keep this historic icon a thriving part of our community. The Cedars plays host to a variety of events throughout the year many free and open to the public. From the Symphony at Sunset to the award winning Four Season of The Cedars Visual and Performing Arts Series, The Cedars serves as a catalyst for a number of Jackson philanthropies and non-profits. 

Funds raised through the Renaissance Awards benefit The Cedars Trust and will be used for continuing arts education and programming along with continued restoration of the house structure and grounds. Specific areas of concentration are to include interior and exterior maintenance, further installation of historical plantings, roofing and drainage issues, a back privacy fence and the installation of a backyard pavilion to be used for outdoor events as well as storage. Your tax deductible contribution to The Cedars Trust will insure that The Cedars will continue to survive for future generations to enjoy and continue the cultural and arts programs for which it is currently known throughout the community. Sponsorship levels are now available for this event – individual tickets will be available beginning April 1 -for more information on this year’s 2012 Renaissance Awards, log on to www.fondren.org or call the Foundation office at 601.981.9606.

Contributed by Jim Wilkirson, Executive Director of Fondren Renaissance Foundation