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SML Gives 2024 Surpasses Fundraising Goal,
United Community in Generosity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Bedford & Franklin Counties, VA] – March 14, 2024 – The annual SML Gives campaign was a resounding success yesterday, exceeding its ambitious fundraising goal of $200,000. This year's event, held on March 13th, brought together 37 local nonprofits from Bedford and Franklin Counties for a day of online giving and community spirit. A grand total of $218,451 was raised during SML Gives 2024!

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Smith Mountain Lake community and beyond,” said Lisa Lietz, executive director for SML Good Neighbors, the organization leading the SML Gives initiative. “Thanks to the incredible support of donors and sponsors, SML Gives 2024 will significantly impact the vital services offered by our local nonprofits.”

The online giving platform buzzed with activity throughout the day, with hundreds of community members contributing to their favorite causes. The event fostered a sense of unity and collaboration as residents rallied behind the vital work of these organizations, both online and in-person, at the SML Gives Nonprofit Fair held at the SML YMCA, which donated the space.

“SML Gives is more than just a fundraising event,” Lietz continued. “It’s a celebration of the incredible work our nonprofits do every day. It’s a chance for the community to come together and show their collective strength and compassion.”

The SML Gives team extends its deepest gratitude to the following:

The generous donors who contributed to the campaign.

The dedicated staff and volunteers of the participating nonprofits.

The event sponsors whose support made the event possible.

The matching donors who chose to double the impact for several nonprofits.

The media who helped spread the word to our beautiful community.

Together, they have made a significant difference in the lives of countless individuals and families in the Smith Mountain Lake region.

About SML Gives

SML Gives is an annual online giving event that unites local nonprofits in Bedford and Franklin counties. It provides a platform for these organizations to raise critical funds, gain exposure, and build relationships with potential donors. The event fosters collaboration and strengthens the community’s ability to address its most pressing needs. Visit smlgives.org to learn more, see totals from SML Gives 2024, or to continue to support the SML Gives nonprofits.

Together, we can make a monumental impact. Let's show our collective strength and generosity on March 11th, 12th, and 13th! For more information, visit smlgives.org.

* Affordable Condo Association Inc

* Bedford Area Educational Foundation

* Bedford Christian Ministries Association

* Bedford Get Together Inc

* Bedford Ride (Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging)

* Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia

* Child Health Investment Partnership

* Childrens Assistive Technology Service

* Food for Kids

* Fostering Champions Inc

* Franklin Co. Humane Society/Planned Pethood Clinic

* Free Clinic of Franklin County Inc

* Friends of Booker T Washington National Monument

* Friends of the Moneta-Smith Mountain Lake Library Inc

* Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County

* Henry Fork Service Center

* Johnson Health Center

* Lake Christian Ministries Inc

* Meals on Wheels

* New Life Center for Thoroughbreds Inc

* ONE Forest School Inc

* Patrick Henry Family Services

* Reel Connections for Kids

* Ronald McDonald House Charities of SW VA

* Smith Mountain Arts Council

* Smith Mountain Lake Association Inc

* Smith Mountain Lake Pavilion

* Smith Mountain Lake Youth Athletics

* SML Good Neighbors, Inc.

* SML YMCA (Franklin County YMCA)

* Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center (Childrens Advocacy Programs of the Blue Ridge Inc)

* Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center

* Stepping Stone Mission of Franklin County

* Stewartsville First Aid & Rescue Crew Inc

* The Agape Center Moneta

* The Sedalia Center Inc

* Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers

* Young Life FC

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