Community comes together to raise $170,000 for Ten Charities Serving Pickens County

The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation raised a record amount for the 4th year in a row

Sunset, S.C. – The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s Charitable Foundation provides outreach activities for neighboring communities in Pickens County, South Carolina. Each year fundraising events are held in order to make this gift possible. This year another record amount of $170,000 was raised and donated to local charities serving Pickens County. Fundraising events included the Annual Charity Golf Classic, which was expanded into a two-day event and the Community Swine & Dine Dinner & Auction. These events are made possible through hundreds of volunteer hours, sponsorships and donations from local businesses and individuals. Since the Foundation’s inception in 2006, the amount raised and donated to local charities now totals $861,000. Cathy Washburn, Executive Director of The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s Community and Charitable Foundation says “It is with gratitude to our Reserve members and Corporate Sponsors that we are able to provide these significant grants to lift up our local charities who serve a broad range of children, families, and senior needs in our communities.”

On Tuesday, Dec. 4th, Representatives from each local charity came together at The Reserve for the special announcement and funds disbursement. A special Christmas performance by The Erica Berg Collective followed the charity check presentation.

The 2018 beneficiaries of The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation’s annual gift include:

· Helping Hands Children’s Shelter of Clemson

· Feed a Hungry Child

· Pickens County Meals on Wheels

· Pickens Senior Center at the Hagood Center

· Camp iRock

· Center for Developmental Services

· Ripple of One

· Safe Harbor

· Samaritan’s Health of Pickens County

· Family Promise of Pickens County

Dana McConnell, Executive Director of Center for Development Services says “This community has a heart of gold with so much compassion for those in need. They not only commit their personal funds to the Foundation, but they volunteer an incredible amount of time for the success of Pickens County.”

“It took a large cadre of dedicated volunteers and donors to continue the giving tradition we have at The Reserve,” said Anita Arms, Chairman of The Reserve Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees. “The commitment, generosity, and empathy of Reserve members are inspiring, and the amazing work our chosen charities do to improve the lives of so many in the local community is what motivates us all. Hats off to the charities, the volunteers, and the donors who all do so much to improve lives in Pickens County.”

To be considered as a beneficiary, non-profit charitable organizations may apply by November 30 each year via The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s website at The Foundation’s Outreach Committee reviews applications, and all members of The Reserve at Lake Keowee vote upon a vetted list of finalists. Selected beneficiaries are notified in March, and The Reserve disburses funds in December.

About The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community and Charitable Foundations

The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community Foundation is a non-profit organization created to enhance the quality of life at The Reserve and in the local area while fulfilling a sense of community and philanthropy for The Reserve’s members. The Community Foundation sponsors regular cultural events, including concerts, plays, lectures, and an Artist in Residence. The Foundation has four major functions: 1.) Help preserve the area’s natural resources through environmental stewardship; 2.) Provide educational programs for The Reserve’s members and guests; 3.) Promote an arts program at The Reserve; and 4.) Provide outreach activities for neighboring communities in Pickens County, S.C., through The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation.

About The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Created in 2000 by Greenwood Communities and Resorts, The Reserve at Lake Keowee is an award‐winning residential community that spans 3,900 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with 30 miles of shoreline on Lake Keowee and convenient access to nationally‐recognized commercial and cultural centers that include Greenville, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; and Clemson and Furman Universities. A 200‐slip Marina, Village Center, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and more than 1,400 acres of parks, preserves, trails, and green spaces highlight more than $100 million in completed family amenities at The Reserve. The Reserve has approximately 720 members from 30 different states. Homesites at The Reserve are available from $100,000 to $950,000; homes from $500,000 to $3+ million. To learn more, call 877‐922‐LAKE (5253) or visit

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