Our History

Since our 2005 beginnings,

Lake Lure from Chimney Rock

Awarded Grant & Manpower

to Rutherford County Habit for Humanity to repair and renovate veterans’ homes in Rutherford County. Grant funds purchased the materials and the construction labor was donated by the Foundation and volunteers.

Awarded Grant

to Friends of Lake Lure Flowering Bridge for planting and beautification of a species garden and for partial construction of the pathway to the arbor near the fountain.

Multiple Grants Awarded

to Friends of the Mountain Branch Library for a children’s play station, children’s field trip back packs, and to fund an electronic information sign to communicate Library and Hickory Nut Gorge events.

Awarded Grant

to build an outdoor educational garden adjacent to the Mountain Branch Library for reading and learning about the bio-diversity of the region, growing foods and a site for Library programs.

Awarded Grant

to the Weed Action Coalition (Affiliate of Carolina Mountain Land to the Mountain Area Health Education Center’s Conservancy) to eradicate non-native invasive species (NNIS) that disrupt the natural bio-diversity and wild-life food chain in the Gorge’s ecosystem.

Awarded Grant

to the Lake Lure Mountain Area Health Education Center’s (MAHEC’s) fundraiser drive to purchase and install an x-ray facility to expand its diagnostic capabilities

Multiple Grants

to the to Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach to support its mission to provide immediate and practical assistance to local families in need

Multiple Grants

to the Lake Lure Olympiad annual sports festival in support of its unwavering commitment to provide outstanding opportunities to people near and far to enjoy the recreational offerings so abundantly available in the Gorge.

Presented Grant

to the Fairfield Mountain Fire Department in support of its long-time protection to life and property in the local community.

Presented Grant

to the Bill’s Creek Community Center and the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Community Center in support of the work of both of these organizations to build ‘community’ at the local level

Invited Carolina Raptor Center

to Lake Lure to release an injured and recovered Bald Eagle into the Gorge. Today, several eagles can often be seen in the Gorge

Sponsored the Opening Day

celebration for the Lake Lure Classical Academy and awarded several grants to the school over the years

Awarded a Grant

(Through its "Ned Hermann Education Component Fund", to the Principal’s Discretionary Fund at Lake Lure Classical Academy

Awarded a Grant

to the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival in support of its ongoing work to promote truly local arts and handmade crafts in the Gorge.