Sunset, SC (Dec. 5, 2011) – At a dinner last Thursday evening at The Reserve at Lake Keowee, members of the community’s Charitable Foundation presented $26,000 in funds raised over the past year to four charitable organizations serving Pickens County: Helping Hands, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, The Parenting Place, Home of Prevent Child Abuse of Pickens County, and the A.R. Lewis Elementary School’s Weekend Backpack Program.

The funds were split equally among the four organizations, with each receiving a check for $6,500. These four non-profit organizations were chosen by The Reserve’s membership to share the Foundation’s annual donation. Though the organizations were informed in advance of their being chosen to receive the funds, the amount of the gift given to each was a surprise revealed at the check presentation dinner.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable 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 Foundation has four major functions, one of which is to provide outreach for neighboring communities in Pickens County.

The Charitable Foundation operates as a supporting organization for the philanthropic goals and intentions of The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community Foundation. Charities which receive donations are suggested by property owners. Reserve property owners voted by emailed ballot on the slate of area charities under consideration via email in February. The Trustees give priority to the charities suggested by the results of the property owners’ ballots. The annual outreach distribution amount is a combination of a minimum of 10% of The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community Foundation’s 2011 income as well as the proceeds raised through The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s 2011 Charitable Golf Classic that took place in October.

A full description and calendar of Foundation events, all of which are open to the public, is available on The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s website ( or by clicking here. To learn more, contact Kathryn Gravely, the Foundation’s Executive Director, by calling (864) 481-4010.

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 650 members from 30 different states, with an additional 660+ extended family members who enjoy club privileges through the multi-generational Legacy Membership program. Homesites at The Reserve start in the $100,000s; homes, under $500,000. To learn more, call (877) 922-5253.

About Greenwood Communities and Resorts
Greenwood Communities and Resorts, based in Greenwood, S.C., is a leader in the creation and management of award-winning residential and resort communities in the southeastern United States since 1978. Beginning with the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Resort at Hilton Head Island and evolving to current communities like The Ponds, Big Canoe near Atlanta and The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Greenwood’s mission has remained the same: Create memorable places that foster meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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