Camp Lurecrest is a non-denominational summer camp for children ages 8 to 17. For sixty years, Camp Lurecrest has combined the outdoor environment, memorable activities, strong relationships, and established an atmosphere in which campers encounter God’s love for them in Christ Jesus. Almost 1,000 children attend the camp in Lake Lure every summer. Provisions are made at a specific time during the summer through generous donations, to allow children without the financial means, to experience this loving environment at no charge.
Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach was founded in 2001, is an incorporated, non-profit social service agency serving residents in the Hickory Nut Gorge Community which includes certain areas in the following counties: Rutherford, Polk, Henderson and Buncombe. HNGO works to eliminate poverty by providing help and giving hope to families. Outreach Programs help provide basic needs such as food, utilities, rent, transportation, housing, prescriptions, scholarships, clothing, gas money, short term emergencies, heating. and counseling.
Breast cancer survivors' dragon boating is an international movement inspired by sports medicine specialist Don McKenzie. He believed that this activity would benefit breast cancer survivors as it provided strenuous upper body activity in supportive environment. Survivors of breast cancer join together to paddle dragon boats to the benefit of their physical health and social wellbeing. Each year we honor these brave women with a memorial service celebrating the lives of those that have fought and keep fighting.