PLEASE consider for a moment how much SNC contributes to the quality of life in this area and imagine what your life and your family's would be without it.
SINCE our founding in 1981, the Sautee Nacoochee Center has enriched our community with outstanding cultural, historical, educational, and artistic opportunities. In 2023 we celebrate our 43 years, a milestone that only 12 percent of non-profits ever reach.
This remarkable achievement is possible only because of you and the rest of our supporters and volunteers who contribute their money, time, and talents to make the Center such a special place.
What does the Annual Fund do?
In 2022-2023 it funded:
- 58,500 students, visitors, and families participating in, enjoying, engaging with programs over 12 months in a county with a population of 30,000.
- 7,600 visitors attending WinterFest Arts Tour 2023, a cooperative venture with Hardman Farm State Historic Site, Helen Arts & Heritage Center and Unicoi State Park & Lodge. The economic impact of the event returned $383,000 in revenues and taxes to the White County community.
- Simple Breakfast, a monthly breakfast for folks to gather around a plate of pancakes for nourishment and fellowship. This free monthly meal has become financially self-sustaining and hosts 30 to 100 people.
- A day-long celebration of Juneteenth that brought over 300 participants together to talk, learn, eat and celebrate together. Over $1,000 was raised to assist in the restoration of the Bean Creek Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.
- A summer Youth Theatre Camp for 18 local children, a Sautee Stars production of The Little Mermaid JR to SRO audiences, and a variety of youth classes ranging from yoga to face mugs.
- A four-part series of educational programs entitled "Preserving What Is Essential: Natural and Historical Resources and Our Local Economy", which was attended by local officials and concerned citizens.
- A volunteer management software program for use in tracking SNC's nearly 200 volunteers who contribute over 10,000 hours each year.
- A new live music series, the Hwy 255 Blues Club, which brought regional talent to the stage in the Historic Gym. Folks enjoyed the nightclub-like atmosphere and great music.
- Biannual native plant sales that draw native plant and gardening enthusiasts like bees to a flower. These sales raise funds to support the work of the Environmental Stewardship program as well as improve our environment by the planting of native plants.
- Spring @ Sautee, which is a dream come true for many in the local contra dance community. This first full weekend of called dancing to live music included regional talent, classes, hospitality, and dancers from all over the southeast.
- Exhibitions of extraordinary work by Roger Corn and Clint Alderman in the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia and in the Jim Thomas Invitation Gallery.
2023 Annual Fund Donors
Askin/Williams Charitable Fund
Automotive Repairs, Inc. (ARI)
Ronda & Johnny Bailey
Pauline & Skip Bassler
Deborah & Bob Beard
Pat Box - Memory of Debbie Bowman
Carolyn & James Bralley
Rona & Troy Broom
The Sherrie & Craig Bryant Family
Terrie & Jake Carlton
Mike Coleman & Ted Brothers
Eve & Michael Cook
W. G. Crannell
Jeanie & Walter Daves
Annette & Mike Dixon
Eugenia & David Foster
Nancy Frankhouser - Honor of Lizzie Crittenden, Barbara Luhn, Jimmie Tinius
The Lucinda & Mike Grace Family
The Kimberly Griswold Family
Pat & John Hauza
Beth & Charles Hawkins
Mona & Robert Haynie
Kaye Herrin - Memory of Doris Herrin
William M. House - Honor of Dean, Stewart and Chris Swanson
Shirley & Phil Hudgins
Ingrid & Craig Inglis
Barbara Johns - Honor of Jim Thomas
Nannette Johnson - Memory of Lynne Schwab
Courtney & Jim Johnston
June & Richard Krise
The Erin & John Lavallee Family
Janice & Steven Levetan
DeeAnna & George Likens - Honor of Linda McMillan
Lindenhaus Imports LLC
Cecilia & Bill Maher
Car Margeson & Sam Williams
Veronica & Todd Marks
Ginger & Ken McPherson
Liza & Derrick McSwain
The Jean & Robert Mitchell Family
Linda & Russ Mobley
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Andy Negra - Memory of Viola S. Negra
The Tricia Page & Mikel Walters Family
Darlene & Larry Prater
Margaret & Thomas Rasmussen
Elaine Reiss & Rod Wilson
Rebecca & Laddie Rollins
Gracie & Bob Schwartzman - Memory of Bill Bullard
Lucia & Bobby Scroggs
Mindy & David Shay
Pat & Phil Sheridan
Amy Burge-Skvarka & Ronald Skvarka
Sandra Snow & Bruce Martin
Janet & James Spoden
The Cortney Stafford Family
Leigh & Chris Swanson
Joanne & James Sweeney
Cynthia & Borden Taylor
Alice & Christopher Thacker - Honor of Courtney & Jim Johnston
Jan & Jim Thomas
Katya & Guerry Thornton - Memory of Tommy Deadwyler
Lucy Anne Tillett
The Kim & Reid Trimble Family
Milene & Paul Watkins
Cindy & Jerry White
Bunny & Steve Winter
Women of Heart