The Buz Stone “Lake Rabun Cares” Award is presented each year to an LRA Member who reflects the spirit of LRA member Buz Stone, a long-time Executive Director of the Lake Rabun Foundation, and his work to build goodwill of the Lake Rabun Association through service to the broader Rabun County community.
The Lake Rabun Foundation awards a grant to a Rabun County charitable organization selected by the recipient of the Buz Stone Award in recognition of his/her service to the community.
Any LRA member can nominate an eligible member for the Buz Stone Award by completing the nomination form and submitting it no later than May 15th to Steve Raeber by email or mail as noted on the form.
2021 BUZ STONE AWARD RECIPIENT
Clay & Al Battle
Benefitting CASA & F.A.I.T.H.
At the Memorial Day Meeting Clay and Al Battle were awarded the 2021 Buz Stone “Lake Rabun Cares” Award.
For many years both Clay and Al have contributed to the Lakemont community by doing the behind-the-scenes support work. This talented couple has built the infrastructure for LRA events. They establish the wi-fi connections, provide payment processing and sell tickets. Simply, they quietly figure out how to get things done.
Both have been wonderful LRA representatives in the community. For 5 years Clay served as Treasurer and active board member of FAITH. She was recognized in 2018 with the FAITH Helping Hand Award. She continues to assist FAITH in many ways. Caroline Wallis said, “Without Clay, FAITH would not be where it is today”.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) has benefited from Al’s involvement for many years. He, too, has been a board member and served as Treasurer for several years. He continues to lend support for this impactful organization. Al has been an active volunteer for the Save Georgia Hemlock’s program. He has been involved with the Lakemont Wiley Volunteer Fire Department. In recognition of his many hours of work, Fire Station # 4 made Al an honorary member of the department.
Clay and Al have been longtime supporters of the LRA Scholarship program. Joy Wilson, a scholarship student, wrote, “I absolutely love Clay and Al. They are so genuine, kind and intelligent”.
Clay and Al have requested the $2500 grant for the Buz Stone Award be split between FAITH and CASA.
|2020||Denny Webb||CASA & The 100 Club of Rabun County|
|2019||Anita & Robert Pittman||Forward Rabun County|
|2017||Kirk & Kathy Knous||F.A.I.T.H. (Fighting Abuse in the Home)|
|2016||Joe Hamilton||The 100 Club of Rabun County|
|2015||Dorothy Ann King||CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)|
|2014||Charles & Jacqueline Groover||F.A.I.T.H. Power House Campaign|
|2013||David & Barbara Cantrell||Habitat for Humanity of Rabun County & Rabun Christian Food Ministry|