LLA members sitting under the pavilion at the new Boathouse at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

LLA members enjoy the outside pavilion portion of the new Boathouse at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

Nearly 500 members of the Lake Lanier Association got a double treat at last month’s Member Celebration. In addition to learning about the organization’s accomplishments and plans, attendees were among the first North Georgians to attend an event at the recently opened boathouse at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

The event paid tribute to LLA former president and long-time board member Val Perry, who died in February after a long battle with cancer. (See separate article.)

Food trucks, 12 business-member vendor booths and breakout sessions with board members provided plenty of activities for guests. The organization’s silent auction raised funds for initiatives including Shore Sweep, solar lights and life-jacket loaner stations.

“We are especially proud of our first-ever silent auction fund-raiser, which was well received,” said Victoria Clevenger, executive director. “Additionally, members told us that the sessions with board members provided insight into our active projects and priorities.”

The association presented two awards: the newly announced Val Perry Award/2023 Business Sponsor of the Year to United Rentals, and the Charlie Spencer Award/2023 Volunteer of the Year to Al Petrangeli.

A new promotional video premiered at the meeting and can be viewed on the group’s website.

For more information about the organization, visit lakelanier.org.

Photo: by Alan Hope