Eight regional charities received more than $100,000 during a check presentation ceremony hosted by the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta on Nov. 9.
Charities participating in the tour this year included SML Good Neighbors, Adult Care Center of Central Virginia, Franklin County Family YMCA, Faith Network of Franklin County, Agape Center, Helping Hands of Franklin County, Bedford Pregnancy Center and Tactfully Teamed Riding Academy.
Members from each charity volunteered at a home during the three-day tour.
“I would like to thank all the charities for all their hard work,” said Sandra Morse, executive director of the home tour, at the Nov. 9 ceremony.
Before checks were distributed, representatives from each charity took a moment to discuss their charity and how the donation would help in continuing their work.
“What you are doing is providing us the opportunity to love these students,” said Lisa Lietz, executive director of SML Good Neighbors. The charity provides after school and summer programs for area students.
Allison Szuba, executive director of Adult Care Center of Central Virginia, also thanked the SML Charity Home Tour for the funds it provided.
She said the donations help to keep programs going. “We are so grateful for these dollars,” she said.
This year’s tour was held Oct. 11 through 13. A total of 1,469 tickets were sold during the tour in addition to sponsorship donations from 117 businesses and 25 individuals.
This year’s total of $106,250 was slightly less than last year’s total of $135,500.
Next year will be the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour’s 30th anniversary.