The Time is Now! SML Center Requests Donations to Purchase Grand Building

By Vicki Gardner, President, SML Center, Inc.

Today, I’m excited to announce we have raised approximately 70 percent of the funds needed to purchase the vacant Grand Home Furnishings building at Westlake Corner.

Closing in on this goal means we’re that much closer to starting programming at what will become the Smith Mountain Lake Center, a 40,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility for education, arts, entertainment, private events, business, tourism and community hang-out spaces.

And while this funding status reflects positive community response to our “Grand Plan,” we need your financial support to get us through the home stretch!

Here’s How We Make the SML Center a Reality

We know that many who are enthusiastic about our “Grand Plan” have been holding off on making their donations until there were signs the project could indeed come to fruition.

Well, mark my words: We’re well on our way to owning a fantastic facility right in the heart of the SML community.

What we need now—right now—is for everyone who can imagine the marvelous possibilities for a vibrant community center at the lake to come through with whatever financial support is within their means.

The SML Center Board members are eager to meet with people interested in naming rights and dedication opportunities, which start at $10,000.

And while we still need several more large donors, but we also need anyone with a love for SML and a passion for education, arts and community growth to make their pledges and contributions, in any amount, right now, before it’s too late.

If you’re ready to pledge your support, please visit our secure online donation form. If you’d like to set up an in-person or virtual meeting, I’d welcome the opportunity! Please contact me at 540-529-7733 or smithmountainlakecenter@gmail.com.


Proposed Usage for the SML Center

  • Higher Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Career and Technical Training
  • Workforce Development
  • K-12 Support
  • Performing Arts
  • Entertainment and Events
  • Business Meetings and Conferences
  • Club Meeting Space
  • Space for Lease
  • Away-from-Home Offices
  • Health and Wellness Activities
  • Social Gatherings
  • Receptions and Celebrations
  • Tourism Events

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“What we need now—right now—is for everyone who can imagine the marvelous possibilities for a vibrant community center at the lake to come through with whatever financial support is within their means.”

Vicki Gardner, President, Smith Mountain Lake Center, Inc.
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