"The support of the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation was critical in the development of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge as a garden gateway to the diversity and beauties of the Gorge. The Foundation and the Bridge are symbolic of the power of community engagement to draw people and ideas together for the betterment of all. By giving generous support to the Foundation it will foster long-term support of the Flowering Bridge and many other community/area organizations and services."
Bill Miller – Chairman of the Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
“Several key words come to mind when I think about why we joined the Founder’s Circle: vision, purpose, strong leadership, personal enrichment and legacy.
Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge is a great community. HNG Foundation is formed by strong leaders with vision and purpose, who demonstrate positive human acts of kindness and recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. We are members of the Founders Circle and became a part of something greater than ourselves. Our legacy with HNG Foundation starts now.”
Deloras and Liani Foster – Community volunteers & Members of the Founder’s Circle
“The Lake Lure Classical Academy is a true community school...built to serve the families in the area and dependent upon the support of local leaders, volunteers and organizations. From our first year and every year since, the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation has been an important supporter of our program. Their grants have helped to underwrite recruiting and promotional events that have helped to grow our enrollment to over 300 students.”
Chris Braund – Member of the School Board of Advisors for Lake Lure Classical Academy
“The foundation is creating, ensuring, and delivering opportunities for our community today and for our future. We are committed to this vision that empowers our area to be better with each generation. Giving to the Foundation is a way each of us can personally impact our community.”
Cindy and Forest Edwards – Members of the Founder’s Circle
“Receiving a grant from the Foundation enabled Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach to produce rack cards for the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival in October. Not only did those printed materials promote an Outreach fundraiser, but they brought awareness of our mission, feeding the hungry, in our community.”
Hope Wittmer – Director of Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach
“We (Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge) received this ($500) contribution with appreciation and pride in being recognized by a high quality organization such as yours. Rest assured we will use it with to further our work to protect and enhance the natural heritage, health, and integrity of the place we call home, the Hickory Nut Gorge.”
Diana Richards, President, Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge
“This is amazing news! Thank you for your (H. N. G. Foundation) gracious support! This certainly ensures completion of Phase 1 of Garden 1. We’re elated about this partnership and cannot wait to publicize it...Your community (i. e. H N Gorge) is very fortunate to have a Foundation such as HNG Foundation”
John Cullen, creator-builder of ‘The Little Garden that Grew’ at the Mtn. Branch Library