June 15, 2016

Contact:  Denise Tuttle, Executive Chair
Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour

Board positions open for 2017 SML Charity Home Tour

While planning for the 2016 Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour is well underway, the Tour’s management board is looking toward 2017 and the need to replace several board members whose terms will be expiring this year.

For 26 years, the Charity Home Tour has been a great way for lake area residents to make new friends, share their talents and make a difference in our community. Our volunteers, as well as support from individuals and businesses, have made it possible to donate $4 million to help those in need in our region. We want to continue this effort far into the future.

The following board positions are open for 2017:  PR/Marketing Chair; Fundraising Chair; Web Administrator; Tickets Chair; Executive Chair; Secretary; and Supply Chair. If you would like to have a part in planning and executing the biggest and best charitable event in the Smith Mountain Lake area, now is your opportunity!

For more information, please contact Denise Tuttle, executive chair, at


June 3, 2016

Contact:  Carla Laseter, PR/Marketing Chair
Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour or 704-575-8648

Eight spectacular waterfront homes slated for 2016 SML Charity Home Tour

Eight Smith Mountain Lake homeowners will open their homes to the public for the SML Charity Home Tour, presented by VC Design & Build, on Columbus Day weekend, October 7-9, 2016. The annual fundraising event, now in its 26th year, will benefit eight local charities.

The 2016 Home Tour features five homes on the Roanoke River and three on the Blackwater River, including two each in the Park Place and Waverly neighborhoods. The homeowners are:
•    John and May Boyer, 1114 Shady Point Rd., Huddleston, Va.
•    Rick and Debbie Cocrane, 951 Parkway Ave., Moneta, Va.
•    Pat and Bobbie Dewar, 990 Three Quarter Point, Wirtz, Va.
•    Alvaro and Angela Jaramillo, 214 Park Shores Circle, Moneta, Va.
•    Kurt and Mary Schoenberg, 19 Navigation Point, Moneta, Va.
•    Tom and Linda Strup, 145 Atlantic Ave., Moneta, Va.
•    G. Kim and Debbi Thomas, 629 Island Pointe Dr., Moneta, Va.
•    Jon and Jean Wisnieski, 101 Spinnaker Sail Ct., Moneta, Va.

The Home Tour Board recently hosted the 2016 homeowners at a Hawaiian-themed “Meet and Greet” party to thank them for their participation and introduce them to each other, as well as to the Board members and other volunteers they will be working with this year.

This year’s Home Tour offers a mix of new and renovated homes that provides ticket holders with many construction and decorating ideas. New this year is an “Early Bird” reduced price ticket available during the month of July for online purchases only at

The SML Charity Home Tour is the community fund drive to support critical services for those in need in the Smith Mountain Lake region. Through partnerships with volunteers, businesses, homeowners, individuals and participating charities, the Home Tour has raised $4 million in charitable donations since it began in 1991. It is the only event of its kind in the nation that allows visitors to access tour homes by car or by boat.

The 2016 SML Charity Home Tour homeowners are (from left) Mary and Kurt Schoenberg, Bobbie and Pat Dewar, G. Kim and Debbi Thomas, Angela and Alvaro Jaramillo, Debbie and Rick Cocrane, Mary Boyer, and Tom and Linda Strup. Not pictured are John Boyer and Jon and Jean Wisnieski.


December 10, 2015

 Contact:  Carla Laseter, PR & Marketing Chair

Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour or 704-575-8648

 SML Charity Home Tour announces 2016 charities

The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour has announced the eight charities that will participate in the 2016 Home Tour. These charities, which will share the proceeds of next year’s Tour, will work with the Home Tour organizers to raise funds and staff the eight homes.

 The 2016 Home Tour charities are:  Agape Center, Moneta; Bedford Humane Society; Bedford Pregnancy Center; Franklin County Family YMCA, Smith Mountain Lake/Rocky Mount; Free Clinic of Franklin County, Rocky Mount; SML Good Neighbors, Moneta; STEP, Inc., Rocky Mount; and Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, Rocky Mount.

 “We are pleased to welcome three new charities this year—Bedford Humane Society, Franklin County Family YMCA and Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center. We look forward to working with them and our five returning charities to achieve a successful 2016 Home Tour,” said Denise Tuttle, executive chair of the Home Tour.

 The SML Charity Home Tour is the community fund drive to support critical services for those in need in the Smith Mountain Lake region of southwest Virginia.

Since its beginning 25 years ago, the Home Tour has raised $4 million to benefit local charities. The 2016 Charity Home Tour will be held on Columbus Day weekend, October 7, 8 and 9.

 Representatives of the 2016 SML Charity Home Tour participating charities gathered recently at a kick-off event. Pictured are (from left) Bill Loope, STEP, Inc.; Denise Tuttle, Home Tour executive chair; Holly Adams, Bedford Humane Society; Judy Wolfe, SML Good Neighbors; Karen St. Clair, Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center; Ellen Holland, Free Clinic of Franklin County; Carolyn Gordon, Agape Center; Lori Lewis, Bedford Pregnancy Center; Sharon Jones, Home Tour charity administrator; and Andrea Fansler, Franklin County Family YMCA.