Lakeside Bistro as viewed across Lake Junaluska in fall

Transformational Gifts

Donors’ generous gifts to donation campaigns and special initiatives like Be the Light allow Lake Junaluska to remain faithful to its mission and ministry. Charitable gifts to Lake Junaluska have the power to transform and impact thousands of lives so that more youth connect with Christ and more people experience God’s renewal and peace.

Be the Light: A Special Giving Initiative | 2020-2021

Together, we raised more than $414,560. Thank you for being a source of light and hope to Lake Junaluska through your support.

In addition to regular, consistent Annual Fund support during 2020 and 2021, we invited donors to 1) give to the Annual Fund and, then, as they felt led, to 2) give an above-and-beyond Be the Light gift to help Lake Junaluska emerge from the pandemic strong and ready to fulfill our mission for years and decades to come. The initiative concluded December 31, 2021, raising over $414,560 from 238 households throughout its 16-month period (Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2021).

Your gifts enabled us to welcome 716 groups to Lake Junaluska and provided transformative experiences for over 4,345 participants in our Summer Worship Services, Summer Youth Programming and Summer Activities Program. Additionally, your gifts helped grow over 20,000 plants in the Lake Junaluska Greenhouse and nurtured more than 10,000 annuals and perennials around our beloved grounds.


Conference attendees making a team-building pyramid outside at Lake Junaluska

York Lakeside Deck | Completed 2021

Lake Junaluska executives announced plans for youth dining building renovations in 2019 following a leadership-level gift from the Ann G. and W. Vann York Foundation of High Point, North Carolina. The Yorks joined 60 other households in supporting the effort. Thank you to these donors for their gifts to the Lake’s revitalization of youth ministry initiative.

The accessible partially-covered 2,313 square foot deck is an addition to the Lake’s youth dining hall, the York Dining Commons. It doubles the facility’s square footage and provides a spacious venue for youth events, retreats, meetings, weddings, receptions, reunions and more.

Ann and the late Vann York have a special connection to the dining hall. They met in its cafeteria line while attending a youth conference with their Methodist Church groups in 1952. The couple wed in 1953 and went on to raise three children while building a successful automobile dealership in High Point.


York Lakeside Deck


Please contact the Lake Junaluska Development Office at 828-454-6680 or [email protected]


Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Gifts are tax-deductible. Our federal tax ID number is 56-0547461.