Lake Toxaway Charities 2020 Brochure

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Lake Toxaway CHARITIES


Lake Toxaway


year in review

A Letter From Our Co-Chairs

December 1, 2020 Dear Lake Toxaway Neighbor, We deeply appreciate your 2020 contributions to Lake Toxaway Charities (LTC) and hope you will help us meet our ultimate 2020 goal of more than one million dollars by supporting our annual “endof-year� donation request. Year to date LTC raised an astounding $957,345, and you can be proud of this achievement due to your personal generosity. As Transylvania County grows and the Corona virus continues to impact our community members, local charities are experiencing greater needs. To continue to serve them well, we need your support. When you review the enclosed brochure and description of the services of Lake Toxaway Charities recipients, you will see that two thirds of our dollars go to organizations involved in crisis prevention and/or critical care. The remaining third is dedicated to educational endeavors.


Please visit our website at in order to fully appreciate the needs of our special community and the wonderful impact of your contributions. This brochure also provides information on how you can donate to Lake Toxaway Charities. We accept checks, gifts of appreciated stock, and monetary gifts to the Lake Toxaway Legacy Endowment Fund. Currently 31% of the 900 Lake Toxaway Estates property owners donate annually to this charity. One of our many goals for the future is to increase this percentage as more of our owners choose to support LTC. Lake Toxaway Charities is a 501 (c)(3) organization, and your gift is fully tax deductible. More importantly, 98% of your contributions directly benefit Transylvania County individuals and families who can least afford to pay for assistance. Because volunteers staff LTC, only 2% goes towards minimal expenses such as postage, supplies, printing, insurance, and marketing. Your personal year-end contribution will help us meet our 2020 goal of $1,250,000 to maintain serving the needs of our county. Thank you for your gift to Lake Toxaway Charities. Sincerely,

Chip Brown, Jenny Renfroe, and Diane Roberts Co-Chairs, Lake Toxaway Charities

“There is no greater exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.� - J. Holmes, Army vet


our mission Lake Toxaway Charities mission is to support the charities,

medical outreach, and educators who work with and minister to the abused, disabled, indigent, and those with special needs in

Transylvania County.


Our volunteers Chairs Emeritus: David Burchfield Bill Minnich Buzz Parker

Co-Chairs: Chip Brown Jenny Renfroe

Diane Roberts

Advisory Committee: Mike Galvin Steve Knier Sherry Minnich Jorge Morales Kellie Prusiecki Brian Singleton Frank Stark Carroll Summerour

Grant Assessment Committee:

Carroll Summerour- Chair Glenn Austin Sherri Austin Chip Brown Sandy Dillon Hazel Fisher Mike Galvin Don Guffey Robyn Harrell Will Heinitsh John Holbrook Sherry Minnich Jenny Renfroe Diane Roberts Natalie Safee Frank Stark Lyn Stocker Elisha Zander

July Sports Day Committee: Kathy Berry Chip Brown Susan Hopkins Jean Merritt Sherm Rounsville

Jeannette Schuyler

Communications/ Social Media Committee: Saunders Grommesh Sherry Minnich Bianca Mitchell

Volunteer Services: Bob Graham Saunders Grommesh Bob Hamilton Mary Anne Hamilton


Your donations support the

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Meals on Wheels


Our grant process There is no automatic funding/guarantees for continued funding. Each agency request stands on its own merit each year, and we “say no” if a new or old agency does not meet our mission’s criteria.

Four Seasons Hospice

Granted funds are distributed in June. Lake Toxaway Charities also maintains an Endowment Fund which is held in reserve for emergency requests, anticipated growth of the needs in our county, and perhaps for years with less than average donations.

Mountain School of Strings

We currently have 51 agencies we support for the hungry, homeless, the abused and the medically and educationally deprived residents in Transylvania County. Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club LAKETOXAWAYCHARITIES.ORG

NEIGHBORS IN NEED • The Bread of Life • Change the World Relief Organization, Inc. • The Children’s Center of Transylvania County • Creating a Family • The Family Place of Transylvania County • Gods Way Fellowship Food Pantry • The Haven of Transylvania County • Isaac Homes Youth Shelter • Meals on Wheels Brevard, Inc. • The Mediation Center • MountainCare, Inc

• North Toxaway Baptist Church Food Bank • Pisgah Legal Services • SAFE, Inc. of Transylvania County • The Salvation Army • STEP of Western North Carolina • Transylvania Christian Ministry, Inc. Sharing House • The Transylvania County Hunger Coalition • Transylvania Habitat for Humanity • Transylvania Vocational Services, Inc. • Western Carolina Community Action

PROVIDERS OF EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIPS • Augustine Literacy Project • Bound for Glory Camp • Brevard College • Mountain Roots, Inc. • Mountain School of Strings • Muddy Sneakers • New Adventure Learning Center • Neighbors in Ministry, Inc. - Rise and Shine • Pigah Astronomical Institute (PARI)

• Rosman Elementary School • Rosman Middle School • Rosman High School • T.C. Henderson Elementary School • Tiger Impact Group • Transylvania Community Arts Council • Summit Charter School • Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation

PROVIDERS OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE • Blue Ridge Community Health Services, Inc. • Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project • Brevard Lions Club • Four Seasons Compassion for Life • MedAssist of Mecklenburg, Inc.

OTHER AGENCIES • The Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Cub of Transylvania County • Earthshine Nature Programs • Free Rein, Inc. • Inheritance of Hope, Inc. • Lake Toxaway Community Club

• Quebec Community Club, Inc. • Special Olympics North Carolina • Transylvania County 4-H • Weekday Children’s Program of Brevard First United Methodist Church • Young Life Transylvania County DECEMBER 2020

your contributions Thank you so much for your generous donation to Rosman High School graduates. Your kind contribution has made this hard time so much brighter and I appreciate everything you do for our community. God Bless you! Leanne Owen - Rosman High School Graduate

GRANT recipients BY Category Neighbors in Need


8% 47%


Medical Assistance Education & Scholarships



2020 DISTRIBUTIONS Since 2006






Since our inception in 1975, Lake Toxaway Charities has offered grants to Transylvania County non-profit organizations. In 2020 we added 7 more agencies to meet the growing needs of our County’s residents, and we currently serve 51 non-profits. Restaurants have closed, jobs were lost, students have struggled, tourism has decreased, and our neighbors require more assistance in basic living needs as our county reels like so many others in this country and across the world due to the COVID-19 virus.

Thank you for providing a grant for the TCS School Nutrition Backpack Buddies program during COVID-19. Your donation graciously allowed us to double our typical Backpack Buddies outreach and truly help families in need. We greatly appreciate your working with us, and value the incredible work you do in the community. TCS School Nutrition Services

Responding specifically to COVID-19 relief emergency appeals, Lake Toxaway Charities raised $174,000 in 2020 from our incredibly generous residents. We are humbled by this support which continues to exceed our hopes. As a result, Lake Toxaway Charities has been able to respond quickly to the ever-increasing needs of local non-profits such as area food banks, shelters, family services, medical providers and others responding to this devastating pandemic.


Agency Spotlight

Sharing house Transylvania Christian Ministry

Lake Toxaway Charities annual donation to the Sharing House was matched by the Smith Martini Foundation of a Lake Toxaway homeowner for a substantial gift to Director Shelly Webb and her Sharing House team. They literally work miracles and save lives within our beloved community.

This amazing gift is an answer to many prayers, offered in these days of great anxiety. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the incredible ways the good people of Lake Toxaway continue to support our community. These days are unprecedented times for many of us. the needs that are emerging from the COVID-19 virus and the disruption it is causing in the economy will make life very difficult for a lengthy period of time. We know of people who continue to struggle, living paycheck to paycheck and our fear is that this will only exacerbate problems with basic life necessities. Rev. Shelly F. Webb – Executive Director of Sharing House


Sharing House is a source of compassion and crisis assistance for our low-income neighbors in Transylvania County, where they offer food and fresh produce, gently-used clothes, rent and utility assistance, household goods, camping equipment, hot showers, a safe place to share stories of struggle and a refuge of social interaction.

Agency Spotlight

TIG Tiger Impact Group

The Tiger Impact Group (TIG) first formed in 2019 as a collaboration between Lake Toxaway Charities, the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) and Transylvania County Schools to provide a variety of supportive programs and services in the Rosman district schools.

advising programs with the goal of establishing one-to-one mentorship and support systems for students on the road to college and career readiness. All require some form of consistent volunteers/mentors for one on one as well as group settings. Those interested in volunteering and growing this program should contact:

Thanks to Lake Toxaway resident Bob Graham and many other vol- Chip Brown unteers, TIG has launched a suite of programs from a speaker series to

Rosman High School Cheerleaders

Rosman High School Weight Room DECEMBER 2020

Agency Spotlight


SAFE, Inc. of Transylvania County is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a community free from domestic and sexual abuse. They lead the community in eliminating domestic and sexual abuse through support, prevention and outreach. Salley Stepp, Director of SAFE, reached out to let us know that once

We are grateful to our donors who contributed at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic to keep SAFE available to those who need it most.

Thank you for your generosity and willingness to respond to the unexpected crises that can occur when an organization provides crisis services to their clients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For SAFE, there have been too many this year. Through it all God has been and continues to show His love and compassion for the work SAFE is doing; Thanks Be To God, thanks be to our friends. Salley Stepp, Director SAFE




the COVID stay at home order was lifted, victims reached out to seek safety from the abuse they were living with at home.

Agency Spotlight

Gods Way Food Pantry


The generosity of your members is overwhelming and we are humbled at your willingness to move on behalf of the needy in our mountains. Balsam Grove is a very small community with many workers who have big hearts. The partnership with Lake Toxaway Charities has enabled us to meet food needs while helping families to work towards stability and sustainability. Your investment in our communities is greatly appreciated.

Gods Way Food Pantry, a rural church-based food ministry, has served Balsam Grove and surrounding communities for over fifteen years. Over 250,000 lbs of food are distributed yearly, and each month approximately 500 families in Transylvania and Jackson


David and Lydia Perry, Gods Way Food Pantry

Counties rely on the pantry. The Food Pantry operates every other Saturday and also provides immediate assistance to families with urgent needs. No one is ever turned away. Homebound clients are served by local volunteers.


save the date SPORTS DAY



VOLUNTEER Fair 6-19-2021


MAKING THE HOLIDAYS A LITTLE BRIGHTER Lake Toxaway Charities is partnering with the Greystone Inn to provide Christmas gifts to families in need in our community. We have identified over 175 families who are in need of our support through a vetting process with our team.

The cost to sponsor an Angel is $250. Lake Toxaway Charities is committed to making sure each of these families which include students, their families, the elderly and disabled residents up the mountain enjoy a bright Christmas this year.

Your donations are greatly appreciated this Christmas as we help provide a brighter Christmas to our neighbors.




Lake Toxaway CHARITIES

ways to give Direct Gifts (send a check)

Chip Brown, Co-Chair

Contributions of Appreciated Stock

by phone at: 704-560-3175

Gifts of Time

Or, mail your check payable to:

If you would like to discuss options for giving to Lake Toxaway Charities, please contact:

Lake Toxaway Charities P.O. Box 163 Lake Toxaway, NC 28747

volunteer The Volunteer Program at Lake Toxaway is a new program designed to connect the charitable organizations supported by Lake Toxaway Charities with Lake Toxaway residents who want to personally volunteer their time and talents to make a difference in our county.

For more information about this program, please contact Saunders Grommesh, Mary Anne or Bob Hamilton by email at:


Lake Toxaway Charities is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all contributions are fully tax deductible.