By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Community Involvement with Give Back Thursdays

Lake Lanier Islands Resort® Promotes Community Involvement with Give Back Thursdays
Georgia Lakeside Resort to Host Final Give Back Thursdays of 2014
Season on July 31 and August 7 to Benefit Goodwill of North Georgia

Buford, Ga. – Lake Lanier Islands Resort is home to so much more than the popular waterpark, beach and boardwalk at LanierWorld, 20 distinctive wedding venues, a lakeside golf course, luxury accommodations and famed Magical Nights of Lights holiday tour.

Because of its solid commitment to the community that surrounds it, the year-round Georgia destination is also home to annual charity events like the Sam Robb Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer and the Sam Robb Fund, Phil Niekro Skins and Fins Tournament to benefit Operation One Voice, and the recent Pirates of Lanier Poker Run to benefit a multitude of causes. This summer, in an effort to promote community involvement among its fans, the Resort has hosted Give Back Thursdays at LanierWorld. Earlier in the season, visitors were asked to bring in five canned food items for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and – as thanks – the Resort granted themhalf off regular priced admission to LanierWorld per person. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Over the course of just three weeks, Lake Lanier Islands collected 5,887 pounds of canned goods to benefit the North Georgia-based non-profit.

For Give Back Thursdays on July 17 and 24, the Resort asked guests to bring in a grocery bag filled with new school supplies OR a new back pack in order to benefit school children in need through the North Gwinnett Co-op and receive half off admission to LanierWorld. For its final Give Back Thursdays of the 2014 season, Lake Lanier Islands is asking guests to bring in a box or bag filled with gently used clothes on July 31 and August 7 to benefit Goodwill of North Georgia and its mission to connect area job seekers to training and employment. In return, guests who do so will be rewarded with half-priced admission to LanierWorld*.

“In one Thursday alone, we filled 15 total barrels with canned goods for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank,” said Lake Lanier Islands’ LanierWorld Manager, Isaac Hathaway, Jr. “Thanks to an excellent team effort, what a great success this program has been this year! We are providing our guests with a great discount on LanierWorld admission while helping our local community.” 

* Cannot be combined with any other offer. 

About Lake Lanier Islands Resort®:

Nestled on the southern-most shoreline of Lake Sidney Lanier at the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains lies the truly distinctive Lake Lanier Islands Resort®. Situated less than 45 miles from downtown Atlanta on 1,500 pristine acres of forests, meadows and beaches, this luxury resort is quickly growing in size, scope and reputation as one of the Southeast’s leading lakeside retreats. The Resort’s crown jewel – Lake Sidney Lanier is one of the United States’ most popular man-made lakes, encompassing 38,000 miles of surface area and 690 miles of shoreline in Northeast Georgia. Legacy Lodge and Legacy Villas enhance the Resort’s broad assortment of accommodation choices and meeting sites – making it the ideal choice for corporate meetings and company retreats. Popular excursions like fun in the sun at the boardwalk-themed LanierWorld, zip lining through the trees with Lake Lanier Canopy Tours, horseback riding on a lakeside trail from the Equestrian Center, and renting a boat and ski equipment from Harbor Landing make the Resort a terrific choice for families vacationing or “staycationing” in the South. Tranquility – the Spa and the picturesque 18-hole course at Legacy on Lanier Golf Club are major draws for visitors looking to relax or play, and with more than 20 wedding venues to choose from, the Resort is rapidly gaining favor with brides- and grooms-to-be as a highly sought-after Destination Wedding site. 

Operated by Islands Management Company, LLC since 2005, Lake Lanier Islands Resort® is steadily securing a solid standing for their unique vision of the future of this luxury retreat, their unswerving dedication to the comfort and enjoyment of their guests, and their signature brand of Southern Hospitality. In 2014, the Resort was awarded with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and became a member of the highly esteemed Southern Living Hotel Collection. For more information, schedule a tee time, learn package details or make reservations, call (770) 945-8787 or visit Lake Lanier Islands’ website at http://www.lakelanierislands.com.

About Goodwill of North Georgia: 

The mission of Goodwill of North Georgia is to put people to work. The nonprofit has provided services in the region for more than 85 years. In fiscal year 2013, Goodwill of North Georgia provided job training and employment services to 40,702 people and helped 11,706 people start new businesses or find jobs. The organization currently operates 48 stores and more than 65 attended donation centers. Revenues generated from Goodwill’s retail program help fund job training and placement programs.  To learn more or to make a donation online, visit www.goodwillng.org.