2020 Annual Fund Letter
Dear LRA Member,
This year has surely been one of the most difficult on record for our country with the Covid-19 crisis and the resulting upheaval of American lives. For our Lake Rabun community, it has been a year with no meetings, parties, LRA fundraising events or opportunities to meet our 43 scholarship students.
Still, as I talk to neighbors around the lake, it strikes me just how fortunate and truly blessed we all feel in this community. Over a summer that started early and ended late, many slowed down to enjoy time with family and close friends. So often I have heard folks say, “we are so blessed to be here at the lake”. I could not agree more. Lake Rabun is, and always has been, about community.
That said, needs here in Rabun County have become more dire. In a county dependent on tourism as a major employer, the jobless rate has soared. The Food Bank and church outreach programs have seen demand increase. FAITH has requested additional assistance to meet the cry of those encountering abusive situations. The Rabun County Community Partnership has experienced a steady stream of requests for help with food, rent, utilities and medical supplies.
As we enter this Holiday Season, I know that many in the Lake Rabun community will, as always, share their generous spirit by supporting the Lake Rabun Foundation. This is a year with no major fundraiser other than our Annual Fund. At the same time, the foundation has provided more financial assistance to the community and to our scholarship students than in any previous year. We need your help. We need the support of every LRA family. This is an opportunity to show our gratitude, by sharing our gifts with our neighbors in Rabun County. It is easy to donate online. CLICK HERE and make your donation. You can also mail in a check. See instructions below.
Thank You! And Best Wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy and Peaceful Holiday Season!
Please make check payable to: NGCF-Lake Rabun Fund
North Georgia Community Foundation
615 F Oak Street-Suite 1300
Gainesville, GA 30501
Rabun County has recently welcomed back a native daughter, Mandy Pileski, who was a Lake Rabun Scholar circa 2001. Mandy was born and raised in Rabun County and attended RCHS and UGA before postgraduate work took her to “parts north” where she earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York.
The lure of home, family, and an “opportunity to give back” brought Mandy and her family back to Rabun County earlier this year. She established Georgia Mountain Psychological Associates to increase affordability and accessibility of mental health services in Rabun County.
I had an opportunity to speak with Mandy and she shared just how important the LRA scholarship was as she continued her education. At the time Mandy was awarded a scholarship there were only four annual recipients…this year the Lake Rabun Community is sponsoring 43 scholarships. Since inception $1,250,000 of scholarships have been awarded and $700,000 of charitable grants have been distributed in Rabun County.
Your contributions to the LRF Annual Fund support many students like Mandy and your continued support is critical to the continuation of our outreach in the Rabun County community.
I hope you enjoy this short conversation with Mandy. The LRF would like to thank Ken Young for the videography and editing on this video.
2021 LRA Officers
President: Richard Simms
Vice President: Dick Newkirk
Secretary: Judy Cathey
CFO: Anita Pittman
2021 LRA Board of Trustees
|Ruddy Deas - Chair||Hannah Salwen (3)|
|Jill Bernhardt (2)||Taylor Schweiger (2)|
|David Dupuy (1)||Mary Shannon Scott (2)|
|Marchie Hepner (3)||Ryan Simmons (2)|
|Pat Hickey (1)||Clay Snelling (1)|
|Lisa Hoffman (1)||Oakley Sutherland (3)|
|Lorie Hughes (2)||Susie Tillis (2)|
|Forrest Kennedy (2)||Robert Tritt (1)|
|Rob King (3)||Laura West (1)|
|Jay Morgan (1)||Jerry Wethington (3)|
( ) denotes years left to serve