“Fred and Dinah Gretsch have been integral patrons and partners since 1994,” said Lisa Love, executive director of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. “They played a tremendous role in our early fundraising efforts, which allowed us to open the museum in 1996. Today, Dinah is an active member of our Foundation board, and both of them continue to support our mission to celebrate Georgia’s rich musical heritage and support our artists and industry professionals.” In addition to backing the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Fred and Dinah Gretsch actively support a number of statewide and national music education and charitable initiatives. Through The Gretsch Foundation, the company sponsors the Gretsch Institute, a music, art and dance camp for elementary and middle school youth. The Foundation also donates numerous guitars for school fundraisers across the country, awards college scholarships to music students and contributes to VH1’s “Save the Music” program.
In 2003, the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) honored The Gretsch Company with the Heroes Award, a distinction awarded to recording artists, key entertainment executives and community leaders such as Coretta Scott King, James Brown, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett. The Gretsch Company was also the 2007 recipient of Cox Family Enterprise Center''s Century Award for Family Business.
CFO Dinah Gretsch, who facilitated The Gretsch Company’s endorsement deals with numerous musical legends, has played an important role in the company since she started in 1979 – a role that is still relatively uncommon for women within the music manufacturing industry. Dinah’s connection with George Harrison inspired the 1988 production of the Traveling Wilburys Gretsch guitar collection. “It’s an honor to join such a distinguished group of Georgia music icons,” she said. “The Gretsch family has always been passionate about great music, so we’re honored to be part of an organization that celebrates and preserves the music from our very own state of Georgia.” The couples upcoming induction coincides with the company’s 125th anniversary this year.
In honor of the 125th anniversary milestone, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame is hosting “That Great Gretsch Sound” exhibit, a display of historic and current Gretsch replica guitars and drums used by musical legends such as 1995 inductee Chet Atkins, George Harrison, Brian Setzer and the late Bo Diddley.
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