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 Friday, May 22, 2015
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Charity Home Tour distributes $100,000 to charities
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Photo by Anna Piatt : Representatives of charities that participated in the 2012 Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour received their checks for home tour proceeds at last last week’s funds distribution gathering. Standing, from left, are Charity Administration Vice President Rosemary Drennen, Mike Bond with Lake Christian Ministries; Jane Francis with CASA of Central Virginia; Home Tour CEO Bill Piatt; Jon Morris with STEP; Sam Campbell with Helping Hands of Franklin County; and Jeff Fulgham with Bedford Hospice House. Seated, from left, are Judy Wolfe with Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors; Sandra Bullock with Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center; Lorie Lewis with Bedford Pregnancy Center; and Sharon Jones, charity administrator.

Checks totaling $100,000 were distributed last week by Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour officials.

They gathered with volunteers, homeowners and representatives of each of the eight participating charities to celebrate the success of the 2012 tour and distribute the event's proceeds.

Rosemary Drennen, vice president for charity administration, opened the session by expressing the home tour's appreciation for the work each charity did to recruit sponsors, sell tickets and provide volunteers to help staff the homes during tour weekend.

Home Tour CEO Bill Piatt's pointed out the importance of the event to the Smith Mountain Lake community as a significant fundraiser for area charities, as a business stimulus, a showcase for the lake community, and an opportunity for over 1,100 volunteers to be involved in an important cause side-by-side with friends, neighbors and others they might never have met otherwise.

A representative of each charity detailed how the funds received would be used to assist the people they serve in the Smith Mountain Lake area.

Before presenting the checks, Piatt explained the home tour's new process for evaluating the contribution each charity makes to tour's success.

Twenty percent of the event's net proceeds went into a "bonus fund" that is appropriated based on evaluations by the home tour committee members who work with them. Bonus funds for each charity, prorated according to those evaluations, were added to each $10,000 core share of the 2012 proceeds.

"Thanks to our many volunteers and efforts to minimize administrative costs, over 90 percent of the home tour's total revenues from sponsorship, patron contributions and ticket sales were distributed directly to charity operating budgets," Piatt said.

Applications for charity participation in the 2013 charity home tour have already been received, and the charity selection process is well under way, according to Drennen.

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