Sunset, SC (April 9, 2015) - The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community and Charitable Foundation has named its 2015 Board of Directors and officers. They are:


  • Georgia Elley, President
  • David Johnson, VP
  • Erv Burbach, Treasurer
  • Bill Watkins, Secretary

Other Board Members:
Anita Arms, Ronda Smith, Bill Watkins, David Fleming

“The Reserve at Lake Keowee is so fortunate to have an institution like the Foundation, which enriches our lives and enhances the larger community,” said Elley, the new Foundation President. “The programs offered – from concerts to hikes to fireside chats to artist workshops – add to residents’ everyday lives. Even more importantly, the benefit that the Foundation brings to deserving recipients has a tangible effect here in Pickens County.”

2015 Charitable Recipients
Since the Charitable Foundation’s inception in 2006, The Reserve at Lake Keowee has raised and distributed more than $292,000 to support the Pickens community.  In addition to financial support, Reserve community members volunteer hundreds of hours annually with various organizations.

In that spirit, the Foundation also has named its 2015 charitable contribution recipients. They are:

  • Helping Hands Children’s Shelter
  • Feed a Hungry Child
  • Pickens County Meals on Wheels
  • Safe Harbor
  • Pickens Senior Center

Each of these organizations will receive funding from the Charitable Foundation at the end of 2015. The annual donation is funded by a portion of all Real Estate sales, proceeds from The Reserve’s annual Charitable Golf Classic (scheduled for October 20), and proceeds raised from the 2015 BMW Charity Pro-Am Tournament taking place May 14 – 17. The Foundation set an annual giving record of $60,000 in 2014.

Upcoming Foundation Events
The Foundation is also excited to announce a number of upcoming events public and private events:

April 16, John McCutcheon Concert, 7 – 8:30 (Open to public):
A performance by one of the nation’s most respected and loved folksingers.  As an instrumentalist, John is a master of a dozen traditional instruments.  His songwriting has been hailed by critics and artists around the globe, including seven Grammy nominations. Sign up by emailing

April 18 – 25, Spring Lake Sweep: Participants in Friends of Lake Keowee Society’s (FOLKS) semi-annual Lake Sweep will be assigned a section of The Reserve adjacent to Lake Keowee. Each participant keeps a record of what they collect, during this week. Islands assigned to The Reserve will also be part of the sweep this spring. Reserve Property Owners are asked to help by cleaning their shoreline, and any neighboring areas that may be vacant.

April 28, Bad Creek Hydroelectric Tour, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Reserve residents will explore Duke Power's largest hydroelectric facility in neighboring Oconee County. 

June 2, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Gastonia, NC):
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Reserve residents will tour North Carolina's garden for all seasons.  The garden sits along the banks of Lake Wylie and consists of fountains, conservatory of tropical plants, nature trails and a garden store.

June 14 – 19, Pan Harmonia Artists in Residence (Performance on June 19 open to public), 7 – 8:30:
Four musicians will be staying on site at The Reserve and rehearsing here before recording their new CD.  A special performance will be held in Founders Hall for Reserve members and the local community on June 19.
About The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community and Charitable Foundations:
The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community 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 Community Foundation sponsors regular cultural events including concerts, plays, lectures, and two Artists in Residences . The Foundation has four major functions: 1.) Help preserve the natural resources in the area through acts and events of environmental stewardship; 2.) Provide educational programs for members and guests of The Reserve; 3.) Promote an arts program at The Reserve; and 4.) Provide outreach activities for neighboring communities in Pickens County, SC, through the 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation.

About The Reserve at Lake Keowee:
Amenities at this Blue Ridge Mountain community include a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, a 200-slip marina and village center, guest house, pool complex, clubhouse, tennis, and fitness. 1,400 acres of parks, preserves, trails and green space, with easy access to Greenville, Asheville, and Clemson University. Lots are priced from the $100,000s to over $500,000; Custom Homes and Cottages from the $420,000s to over $3 million.

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