The organizers established the race as a fun holiday weekend activity that would bring families and friends together on Lake Rabun. But the good time has serious and meaningful purpose. Net proceeds go to the Lake Rabun Foundation, administered as the Lake Rabun Fund at North Georgia Community Foundation, Inc. As community partners, the Lake Rabun Foundation helps fund local charities including F.A.I.T.H, Northeast Georgia Food Bank, Georgia Mountain Psychological Associates and others involved in education, child welfare, and food ministries.
The lion’s share of LRA Foundation grants provide four-year scholarships for graduates of Rabun County high schools. Since its inception in 1987,the Fund has supported almost 200 students with scholarships totaling more than $1,259,000. This year, fifteen students were each awarded a scholarship of $3,000 per year for four years. They will join 30 other students from prior years for a total of $135,000 in current year scholarships.
Net proceeds from the Rabun Ramble typically generate over $20,000 per year for the Foundation. The sustained success of the race will make it possible to help even more deserving Rabun County students and charitable organizations.