Bulletin Board

2015 Significant Accomplishments

    • -Since our founding, The Foundation’s Endowment grew to over $106,000 and total grants to Gorge organizations have exceeded $15,000.

    • -The Foundation provided increased funding to the H.N.G. Chamber of Commerce through an enhanced membership to support the Chamber’s mission.

    • -The Foundation sponsored a successful estate planning workshop given by an estate-planning attorney to educate the public on the legal steps and costs of am estate plan.

    • -Ten new Founder’s Circle members enrolled into the 10-year Founder’s Circle pledge program which now has 46 members.

    • -The Foundation received three estate planning behests to Endowment which will be executed upon the passing of these donors.

    • -One Foundation Board Member’s business has committed to a major donation to the Foundation’s Endowment as well as separately donating increased funds to the Lake Lure classical Academy’s ‘Principal’s Discretionary’ Endowment

    • -The IRS officially recognized our organization as a charitable non-profit organization under Federal IRS Section 501 (c) (3).

    • -Under the leadership of the Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation has volunteered to help gather stake-holder input from Gorge communities to create a Community Covenant.

    • -Two new Board Members were added replacing two retiring Board Members.

    • -The Foundation Board refined its strategy and operating objectives to create stronger governance and to enhance endowment donations and operations funding.

    • -A new tiered Founder’s Circle Membership program was established so members may choose their level of support, optionally to shorten their pledge period and to open the program to business-industry donors.

Bringing Quality Healthcare Closer

The Gorge residents and those of nearby communities have longed for primary health care closer to home to avoid a lengthy round trip for family check-ups, routine tests and special medical supplies. Thanks to the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and a skilled staff of doctors and medical professionals, this wish has come to life at the Lake Lure Facility. The gratitude of the Gorge and area residents has been overwhelming as reflected by the large number of new patients now receiving care at MAHEC’s Lake Lure Facility. And to expedite diagnosis for patient injuries and referring them to specialists at large, there is a nearly-reached fundraiser goal to fund an X-ray facility and an X-ray technician at Lake Lure MAHEC. The Foundation partnered with MAHEC in this project by a 2015 award which has generated matching funds by area foundations. And when the X-ray service is up and running, this will save significant time and anxiety for patients who will get quicker, more accurate diagnosis and the all- important referral to a medical specialist.

Feeding the Hungry with Love

We have long admired the work of the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach. What began with Mary Ann Ransom, the first recipient of our annual Community Impact Award, placing donation jars at local restaurants, has today grown to a thriving regional organization that feeds hundreds of families and individuals around the Gorge through its food pantry and holiday food baskets. And as if that were not enough, this organization celebrates the arts in the Gorge by organizing and hosting two arts and crafts festivals annually. Funds raised from the rental of booths to artists go a long way in funding the Food Pantry. For this reason, we find HNG Outreach always deserving of our support.

Building Bridges

With the infectious enthusiasm of Bill Miller and his board of volunteers, there isn’t anything not to love about the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. Plus, it’s simply a beautiful sight to behold and to enjoy. From a quiet dream to its high-profile implementation, this organization has welcomed the involvement of everyone in the project. And as a result, the bridge is so much more than a visitor destination. All that went into making it a reality characterizes the kind of people and organizations that we love to support.

Making an Impact

When you participate in a well-run, highly organized Olympiad Sports Festival or you walk through a beautiful park in the middle of our Town Center and ask yourself, “I wonder who did all this?" chances are very good that Kay & Ed Dittmer had a big role to play. One of the most fun aspects of the HNG Foundation is in recognizing the many good people who make up the Gorge. Ed and Kay are two such people. Their long-time contributions to the community made them the deserving recipients of our most recent Community Impact Award.

Bringing People Together

Sometimes the simplest things are the most important parts of what makes a community into a real community. To passersby, the old building that houses the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Community Club might not look like much. Inside, it tells a great story.
It was established in 1958 in Gerton, as an offshoot of the Homemakers’ Club. The club was launched by a group of interested native and summer residents of the Gorge, who worked together to improve the area and to build a better community in which to live.
Through the years, community spirit and enthusiasm have been boosted. The countryside around the area has become more attractive and roadsides have been improved and beautified and a spirit of fellowship has prevailed through the years. For this, we felt like the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Community Club was deserving of our support.

Perseverance Deserves Support

To the throngs of athletes that come to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village every year for the Olympiad Charitable Sports Festival, it probably looks like a professionally managed, highly funded event. That’s because of the commitment and persistence of a handful individuals who are beyond dedicated. And while board members and volunteers have come and gone through the years, the core group has created a unique three-day sports festival that has donated thousands of dollars to worthy causes, increased tourism and put the Gorge on the regional map as an ideal destination for competitive athletics and outdoor recreation. For this, we say job well done and we are happy to support the Olympiad in any way that we can.

A School Changes Everything

Long before Lake Lure Classical Academy opened its doors in 2010, the communities of the Gorge were all a buzz at the thought of a school being here once more. Not since the 1950's had there been our very own school. And like so many dreams and plans that germinate in the Gorge, the school took root because of the commitment, vision and diligence of a handful of hard-working volunteers. Today, the school is embarking on an ambitious, but reachable goal of building a state-of- the-art high school. When LLCA opens its doors to the new high school, our Foundation will be there to support their efforts, just as we were when they held their grand opening on the first day of school in 2010. Because, having a school in the Gorge indeed changes everything.