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Albany Tech Foundation Holds Annual “Roast” Friday Evening

ALBANY, GA – The Albany Foundation will hold its annual “Roast” event on Friday, March 31, 2017, beginning at 7pm in the Kirkland Conference Center, with a Silent Auction beginning at 6pm in the atrium of the Kirkland Conference Center. This year’s honored guest is Karla Heath-Sands, Anchor for WALB-News 10.


karla pr photo“Roasters” for this year’s event include: The Honorable Victoria Darrisaw, Dougherty County State Court; Michelle Polk, Retired, Marine Corps Logistics Command; Cade Fowler, Anchor, WALB-News 10; Sandra Parker, Retired, Lee County School System; and Yolanda Amadeo, Meteorologist, WALB-News 10.

Karla Heath-Sands has been at home on stage for most of her life. The Brunswick, Georgia native graduated in 1984 from Mercer University (Macon) where she performed with the Mercer Singers. She has been a participant in the Miss America Pageant system where as Miss Macon, she placed fourth runner-up to Miss Georgia 1982 and as Miss Brunswick-Golden Isles 1985, she placed second runner-up.

Heath-Sands has performed on stage at Six Flags Over Georgia in the Crystal Pistol (1989), was a semi-finalist for Star Search (competition held in Atlanta), and was selected as a Quarterfinalist for the 1997 SAVANNAH ON STAGE International Vocal Competition. She has also performed as a guest soloist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, the Albany Symphony and Opera Albany and was invited to sing the National Anthem in Kurobe, Japan as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival (April 13-23) in 1998. She has appeared on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel Hour and has been a featured singer with the Bob Cummings Band for almost 30-plus years.

Beginning her journalism career as a Weathercaster and Community Service Director at WMAZ-TV in Macon, Heath- Sands is now co-anchoring WALB-TV’s “Today In Georgia," and WALB-News 10’s 12:00 News. She was also selected as the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ “GABBY” winner for Best On-Air Personality. She was also King Day "Dream Award" recipient in 2011 and was recognized by the 100 Black Men of Albany, GA for outstanding service in the Media Field in 1999.

Heath-Sands is also involved in her community as a former trustee for Girls, Inc. of Albany, former Board member for Albany Technical College, member of Albany Chapter of Links, Inc., Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., former Board of Advisors member for The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Humanities Council. She is a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Albany, GA.

Having emceed numerous pageants and events, Heath-Sands has also served as a judge for Miss Georgia Preliminaries and Junior Miss Programs in Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. She is the only child of Martha Heath Johnson of Brunswick and is married to the Honorable W. Louis Sands and is the mother of two, Billye L. Sands and David H. Sands.

All proceeds from the Roast will go to benefit Albany Tech students in need of financial assistance through the Albany Tech Foundation.




About Albany Technical College
A public postsecondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Albany Technical College provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce needs of Southwest Georgia through traditional and online classroom settings. Albany Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/COC). For more information about Albany Tech, go to or become a fan on Facebook at or on Twitter at You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel by visiting .
About The Albany Tech Foundation, Inc.

The Albany Tech Foundation, Inc. was established in 1987 to support the College, its programs and activities. As a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization, the Foundation serves as the conduit through which cash, equipment and property donations pass from donors to the College. The operations of the Foundation are guided by a Board of Trustees consisting of community leaders from throughout Albany Tech’s seven-county service delivery area.

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