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Anniversary Celebration
Draws Hundred

Several hundred citizens for all over Georgia turned out on Saturday evening, November 26 for Habersham CD's, Records and Tapes' 40th Anniversary Celebration-Fundraiser. In the audience and on the Le Piada Banquet Center dance floor could be seen political figures, civic leaders, entertainers, media personalities, educators and professionals. Those in attendance were treated to a special recognition program prior to the dance itself that featured former and current radio personalities, promoters and entertainers receiving certificates of appreciation for their contributions over the years. Included in the group of recipients were former state representative and entertainment promoter David Lucas, Otis Redding III, son of the late great soul singer Otis Redding and Majic 100 FM air personality Mike Roberts, who doubles as the owner of Roberts Communications.

The 40th birthday bash was the culmination of Phillis Habersham-Malone's efforts over the last few months to provide Middle Georgians with an evening to remember. "We were committed to sharing and providing a very special evening with the community, as a way of expressing our appreciation for the support that they have given Habershams for the last forty years," Malone said. "We are grateful that Middle Georgia decided to come out and celebrate our effort to serve this area since 1971."

The recognition program was hosted by former Macon NAACP president Al Tillman and was peppered with performances by former members of the Tams and local talent. The additional purpose of the dance was to raise money for the Al Lucas Educational Foundation, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority scholarship fund and Helping Hands Ministry for distribution to high school age students seeking their GEDs and college students in need of financial assistance.

Local businessman Alex Habersham founded the iconic west Macon sound outlet and along with Malone, accepted an award as well. He smiled enthusiastically while thanking audience members. "It has taken tremendous sacrifice to keep the doors of this business open for the last 40 years but my sister has done it," he said while standing side by side with Malone. "Both you and Phillis are to be commended for making Habershams the success story it is today."

Habersham Records is the oldest African-American owned and operated record store in the country. Music makers Smokey Robinson, Baby Face, Toni Braxton, Shirley Murdock and Lionel Ritchie have all passed through Habershams and are just a few of many Celebs that have made the store a priority stop while in Macon. Although music is the primary choice for those looking to stock up on their tunes, other items like gift baskets and DVD’s can also be found lined along the countertop of the store. In addition, Malone has evolved into a neighborhood mentor and community resource for Unionville residents since taking over managerial duties in the 1980's.

Phillis Habersham- Malone  photo
Phillis Habersham- Malone
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