Every summer, ideal-LIVING magazine publishes a substantial issue with a regional "Who's Who" of master-planned communities. For the past three years running, we are proud to announce Savannah Lakes Village has made the cut. Our community was listed among other stellar, best-in-class communities in South Carolina and other regions of the country as one of the 100 Best Places to Live in 2021. That's no secret to the more than 2,400 property owners and full-time residents — the lifestyle and value available at Savannah Lakes Village has been attracting couples and families here for decades. It's always nice to get a little recognition, though. And we're grateful to ideal-LIVING magazine for the opportunity to once again be featured in this banner issue.
Note: The McCormick Arts Council (MACK) adds a tremendous amount of value to the lifestyle and culture in the McCormick area. The MACK provides opportunities for enrichment, mentorship, community involvement, and more for the surrounding community, including Savannah Lakes Village. We are re-publishing this exciting announcement with the MACK’s permission. Here is a link to the original post:
Top Photo: (Left to right) Peter Manning, Frank McMullen, John Bracknell, Holly Bracknell, Roberta McKee, Patti McAbee, Janice Grizzard, Gail Gore (Seated) Chris McMullen, Heather McNally, John Yoder, Robin Rosenberg (Not in photo) Danielle Hutton, Elaine Chiles, Mertice Earl. Photo taken at the Belmont Inn, Abbeville on 10/21/2020 / Photo credit to Danielle Hutton
MCCORMICK, SC – The McCormick Arts Council (MACK) announced a major foundation gift and development project. This milestone is a major moment in the timeline of the MACK’s service to our community and its mission to provide art, culture and education to the region.
“We are very fortunate to have received an official announcement that the MACK will directly benefit from a combined charitable gift of $2.6M. This is an incredible opportunity to continue our efforts to serve our mission for the next 35 years!”
~Heather McNally, MACK Director of Programs and Development
To confirm, the MACK will be receiving $1.1 million specifically for the purpose of capital improvements for The MACK Rehabilitation Project.
Purpose. It is understood and agreed that the gift will be used for the following purpose or purposes: To fund the MACK Rehabilitation Project and establish a capital fund from which the annual interest earnings will be used to address the annual maintenance / capital plans and needs.
To also confirm, the MACK will be receiving $1.5 million specifically for the purpose of establishing an educational fund, with an established investment committee to yield approximately $50,000 annually to continue our scholarship and investment in youth programming.
Purpose. It is understood and agreed that the gift will be used for the following purpose or purposes: To establish a MACK educational fund for the purpose of providing an annual scholarship program. This scholarship program provides financial aid to graduating seniors from McCormick and Abbeville counties and will continue to reflect the donor’s intentions to develop students’ awareness in the importance of problem solving, creativity and communication. The MACK agrees to distribute $35,000 annually.
Purpose. It is understood and agreed that the gift will also be invested and used for the additional following purpose or purposes: To provide annual funds to support the continued development and continuation of quality youth programming. Additional funds that are generated through investment and interest earnings will support the annual needs of the MACK’s youth programming plan. The intention is to assist local students to ensure access to quality programming and cultural opportunities. The MACK will take the responsibility to plan, manage, implement or provide partnerships to ensure artistic, cultural and educational programs are available to our youth community.
The Historic Keturah Hotel was deeded to the McCormick Arts Council through approved ordinances under the leadership of our Board Chair, Bob Berry, and required the MACK to use the building “to provide art, culture and education to the extended community” and “maintain the property in good condition,” according to the title transfer from the town. This process allowed the MACK to independently proceed with the necessary steps to ensure we are able to serve as a safe, accessible, and fully functioning site for our community members and visitors.
“My intentions are to give locally, providing crucial support especially in the area of students’ needs. I was fortunate for my unique opportunities, and with hard work and an ability to problem-solve, was in the position to help others.”
~ John Yoder, Yoder Rosenberg Family Foundation
This gift shares the name with the Rosenberg Family of Abbeville, SC. John and Jenny shared a special relationship and were both fortunate to be able to consider their intentions to support their shared communities. These gifts will impact generations to come and we are honored, humbled, and grateful to be able to serve our community to provide accessible and affordable cultural experiences and quality programs.
While this is wonderful news … these are very big announcements and we have quite a bit of work to do. These gifts are generous and will certainly positively impact our organization for generations to come, however, they are restricted for specific purposes and will be invested to allow the MACK to uphold their legal agreements with the donor. This means that we will be able to make the essential building investments and offer the annual scholarship for years to come, but we will still need to provide for our annual operating budget. Our goal is to share and celebrate this incredible gift with our members, community and various stakeholders. What a wonderful way to end a very unusual year!
For additional information regarding this announcement, please contact Heather McNally or the MACK directly.
Director of Programs & Development
The McCormick Arts Council (MACK)
(864) 852-3216 (Office)
(864) 602-0331 (Direct)
PO Box 488 / 115 S Main Street
McCormick, SC 29835
ART CHANGES LIVES!
Would you like to enjoy this as a video message? Click here to watch the video from WCTEL president and board chairman Wes McAllister. Read on for the text version, and make sure to check out the Streaming Genius link below.
I’m Wes McAllister, President of the Board of Directors at WCTEL and it has been a pleasure of mine to represent the McCormick service area over the last 15 years. The team at WCTEL is proud to be a part of the Savannah Lakes Village community that is constantly growing and developing. Like SLV, we are also constantly in development mode, whether that’s new equipment, new services, or new training for our staff.
In 2008 WCTEL made the transformational decision to future proof its network with “Fiber to the Home” which would guarantee each one of you and all its members a premium internet experience. This decision has enhanced all services including Broadband, Voice, and TV. This decision has been a successful game changer in sending and receiving all types of data which you now enjoy today.
However, one of the services that we deliver over our fiber network continues to become more expensive year after year and that is TV. With yearly increases from TV programmers such as ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, etc, TV service rates continue to increase year after year. In looking just at our local networks, we’ve seen over a 1,200% increase in the last 10 years.
We understand the impact these increases make on your household budget and how important TV is as an entertainment and Informational option to you. WCTEL has been looking into less expensive alternatives; so, here is an option for your consideration: STREAMING TV. If you have internet service, you can choose to stream your TV content over your internet connection. Prior to the pandemic WCTEL held several streaming TV classes at the SLV Recreation Center specifically to help residents have a better understanding of how TV streaming services work and to help provide you with an alternative to traditional TV service.
WCTEL has a Streaming TV Genius as an online tool to assist you in choosing your streaming providers. With the Streaming TV Genius, you select the channels that your household wants to watch, and it shows which streaming services will include all the channels you love. Streaming is the TV of the future, you are no longer limited to watching content on just your TV, you can watch on your smartphone, tablet, and computer, thanks to WCTEL’s fiber internet. To check out the “Genius” go to wctel.com and choose “Streaming Options” from the menu.
If there is any way we can assist you, please don’t hesitate to call us at (864) 852-5000.
Thanks once again for choosing WCTEL as your Hometown Technology provider.
WCTEL Board President
The lush forested land and trails surrounding Savannah Lakes Village offer abundant opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. In addition to the beauty of our most prominent defining feature, Lake Thurmond, there are some smaller points of interest that those living in or visiting the Freshwater Coast will want to enjoy.
There have never been more diverse options for selecting a master-planned community than we are seeing these days. If you haven't yet started the decision process, you may not know all that you're getting into. The near-endless array of choices doesn't take long to paralyze even those whose goal is clearly articulated. You'll need to make a decision about the following:
Savannah Lakes Village (SLV) is a master-planned lifestyle community located on the shores of Lake Thurmond in McCormick, South Carolina. The community boasts tremendous outdoor recreation features from the lake to the three nearby state parks and beyond — all of this is frequently enjoyed by the more than 2,500 residents (as of summer 2020) who call SLV home and thousands of other property owners across the country who visit as often as they can. Hundreds of members and their guests work on their golf game at the Tara and Monticello golf courses each week. Guests are welcome to make a tee time, but what are your options for lodging if you are planning to travel and visit? Can you enjoy a few days at Savannah Lakes Village without having a close friend host you in their home?
This is a press release from ideal-LIVING Magazine, a publication that has been "helping people find their ideal community and home for over 25 years."
WILMINGTON, NC - ideal-LIVING magazine is pleased to announce its fifth annual “Best of the Best” issue which features the Top 100 Planned Communities. The magazine will be in homes by July 16th. The honorees will also be revealed on www.ideal-LIVING.com/bestofthebest at the same time.
Surveys were collected at the 2020 Ideal Living Real Estate Shows which showed the top amenities in which potential homebuyers were interested. The Top 100 amenity communities were chosen based on the top amenities requested, including walking trails, wellness facilities, proximity to healthcare, social clubs, swimming, a sense of community, cycling, racquet sports, gated, lake communities, and coastal communities.
A special editorial committee assembled by the publication reviewed the qualifications of each nominee and selected the winners in 12 categories.
Among the categories honoring residential communities are the “Top 100 Planned Communities,” “Best Lake Communities,” “Best Mountain Communities,” “Best Coastal Communities,” “Best Golf Communities,” “Best Tennis and Pickleball,” and those with the “Best Wellness & Fitness Facilities.”
“The ‘Best of the Best‘ feature honors those areas and communities which deserve special recognition for their outstanding qualities, facilities, and programs,” said ideal-LIVING’s Editor and Associate Publisher, Kelly Godbey. “During the challenging times, we hope that this special feature in our Summer 2020 edition offers our readers a chance to find a better quality of life in a safer environment. Lifestyle is now more important than ever before and with many people able to work from home gives the ability to relocate sooner than they thought possible.”
For more than 25 years, ideal-LIVING magazine has been a leading national publication for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses. The magazine’s parent company, RPI Media, also distributes other publications like the comprehensive ideal-LIVING Relocation Guide and sponsors the company’s signature ideal-LIVING Real Estate Shows each year. For more information, go to the website at www.ideal-LIVING.com.
Savannah Lakes Village has an extraordinary Bridge community, run by those who love the game and played by those who enjoy it. Every player extends a hand and encourages newcomers to join the SLV Bridge family. It is fun, exciting and provides a wonderful opportunity to meet others with a like interest.
Note: In view of the postponement of the Masters tournament, we are suspending our booking process for Masters Week tee times. Thank you for your understanding.
If you're headed to Augusta to take in the spectacle that is Masters Week, you're among a lucky group of golf fans. And if you're an avid golfer looking for a tee time in Augusta during Masters Week, you're probably going to be frustrated initially. But don't worry...we're here to help.
Fridays @ Four is a fixture on the social scene at Savannah Lakes. Held every Friday at the River Grille, it's a fun and informal event that helps everyone feel welcome and places a high priority on connection. What started out years ago as an effort to help new property owners feel welcome and have fun has evolved into a full-featured regular event with our tapas menu, drinks, and (weather permitting...) drinks on the patio.