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First-ever scholarship offered in memory of Grammy-winning Ocilla musician

(From left to right) Naomi Borders, Alex Hutchinson and Ahmaad Mack are the first three recipients of the Dave Prater Scholarship./ Jazmyne Hankerson

The celebration of life continues for the late R&B singer Dave Prater.

Prater, an Ocilla native, was killed in a car crash in 1988.

Thursday night was the scholarship banquet which was the second night of events in memory of the Grammy-Award winning artist.

Ahmaad Mack was the top honoree receiving a $1,500 scholarship.

Alex Hutchinson and Naomi borders were also awarded $1,000 and $500 respectively.

All three of the graduating Irwin County High School seniors are recipients of the first-ever Dave Prater Scholarship.

The scholarship money was raised from proceeds from the first two years of the Prater Music Fest events.

Connie Prater, Prater’s niece, said the family is honored to be able to honor Prater in this way and they hope to make an impact on the next great Ocilla musician.

"The inspiration behind the scholarship is to carry on his legacy. [It's] to encourage other future Dave Prater’s to dream big and pursue your dreams of being a musician," said Prater.

Prater, along with partner partner Sam Moore, won a Grammy for Sam & Dave's song "Soul Man" in 1967.

Friday night is the final night of the three-day celebration.

The festivities will wrap up with a music fest in downtown Ocilla.

There will be live music, food and kids activities and more.

The fest will be from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on north Cherry Street between 4th and 5th streets.

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