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Lake Junaluska Associates

Individuals or households who make an annual charitable gift of $250 or more to Lake Junaluska are known as Lake Junaluska Associates. Each year, this group of dedicated donors gather for a special weekend to celebrate the mission of Lake Junaluska and experience the impact of our ministries.

•  Learn about Associates Weekend 2021

•  Become an Associate

Advancing Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska Associates began in 1968 to assist Lake Junaluska in meeting its mission and ministry by recruiting 1,000 individuals to give $100.00 per year. It was the primary fundraising arm of Lake Junaluska and effectively served that purpose for many years. Today, Lake Junaluska Associates are integrated into Lake Junaluska’s overall advancement efforts and represent a large base of supporters who care deeply about Lake Junaluska’s mission of hospitality, transformation and renewal.

The Lake Junaluska Associates Council, comprised of dedicated volunteers, works collaboratively with the Lake Junaluska Advancement Office to undergird the organization’s mission and ministry, long-term sustainability and capital improvements. Each year, the Associates Council works to:

•  Review and affirm the distribution of earnings from the Associates endowment and designated funds for capital improvement projects selected from the list approved by the Lake Junaluska Board of Trustees;

•  Partner with the Office of Development to promote planned gifts to Lake Junaluska;

•  Assist with fund-raising strategies and programs to promote and champion needed projects/programs;

•  Support an annual celebration, recognition and appreciation event - Associates Weekend;

  Manage the annual selection of the “Chief Junaluska Award,” and assist in establishing additional awards recognition.

Lake Junaluska Associates Weekend

July 30 - August 1, 2021

Join us for a fun weekend of appreciation, recreation, music, storytelling, table fellowship, worship and connecting with friends!

Schedule of Events | Registration | Chief Junaluska Award

Schedule of Events

Associates Weekend 2021 will utilize many of Lake Junaluska’s outdoor spaces in order to hold an in-person event this year. As we continue to navigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Associates Council has put together a weekend schedule that allows for social distancing while also celebrating the mission and ministry of Lake Junaluska. Invite your family, join in the fun, and register today!

To learn more about additional events taking place during this timeframe, such as the Junaluska Woman's Club Fashion Show and the Festival of Wisdom and Grace, please visit Lake Junaluska's Calendar of Events.

Friday, July 30

Golf Tournament
Lake Junaluska Golf Course 12:30 p.m.
Two-person teams will tee off at designated times. Separate registration form and fee required.

Weekend Registration
Bethea Welcome Center 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Stop by to pick up your nametag and other information.

Family Fellowship
Shackford Firepit 7:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening of fellowship and fun for the whole family. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to visit with family and friends. Roast a marshmallow and enjoy a s’more! Marshmallow and s'more supplies will be provided.

Saturday, July 31

Brick Dedication
Colonnade Brick Walk 9:00 a.m.

During this special time, we celebrate with those who have given a brick in honor or memory of a loved one.

Community Art Show
Kern Center Porch 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Take joy in the many talented artists around Lake Junaluska as they display their creative side. Items will be available for purchase.

Lake Lore, Music and More!
York Lakeside Deck 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy a time of music and stories at the recently constructed deck. Hear from storytellers who love Lake Junaluska and have a deep history with this beloved place. You are welcome to join in with a story of your own!

Recreation & Renewal Opportunities
ALL of the following activities are included with your registration. Show your nametag for entry and enjoy an afternoon of renewal with family and friends!

  • Lakeside pool – Enjoy a refreshing break from the summer heat with a dip in the pool.
  • Mini-golf tournament 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Grab the family and have fun with a round of mini-golf. Scores will be averaged based on the number of players in your group, and winners will be announced at the picnic.
  • Boat rides on the Cherokee IV – Take a ride on the boat and appreciate the beautiful sights around the lake. 45-minute cruises will take place at 1:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Space is limited, and you need to reserve a spot in advance by contacting Melissa Aldridge at 828-454-6680.

Celebration Dinner, Program & Concert
Harrell Center Auditorium 5:30 p.m.

Your concert ticket and evening meal are included with your registration.
Join us for an evening meal and program that will feature a concert by vocal quartet King’s Cadence. The program will include updates about ministry initiatives and how Lake Junaluska Associates have helped strengthen our mission and ministry during the global pandemic. Announcements will be made about golf and mini-golf tournament winners as well as the presentation of the 2021 Chief Junaluska Award. Together, we will celebrate this beloved place. The evening meal will be buffet-style; the dress code is casual. (Please note, this event was originally scheduled to be an outdoor picnic, but has now been moved indoors to the Harrell Center Auditorium.)

Sunday, August 1

Outdoor Worship Service
Lakeside White Tent next to Stuart Auditorium 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Ben Witherington will deliver the homily, and King’s Cadence will provide the music. There will be a special time of remembrance during the service.

Brick Walk Dedication Ceremony at Associates Weekend
Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington

Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington

The Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. Author of more than 50 books, he is a popular lecturer around the world. His books The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest were each selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He is a graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, and went on to receive a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England.

King's Cadence

King's Cadence is a male "gospel-rooted" quartet that has been a dream of KC Armstrong's since 1994. Planning, recording and scheduling began while leading up to KC’s retirement from The US Army Chorus in the summer of 2019. As a Christ-centered ministry, their vision is to sing great songs to people who are yearning for GOOD NEWS, an encouraging word, or maybe just something to smile about! Although their first official concert together as King's Cadence was not until August 4, 2019, each member has been singing gospel music with other groups for decades! All four men have had vocal training at the collegiate level and hold degrees in music. Collectively they bring years of experience and a variety of musical styles to the platform. Having been friends since 1996, they originally met in studio sessions and performing with ensembles led by the late Dr. Glenn Draper. All four men were former Lake Junaluska Singers and three of them met their spouses while here (two of which were also Lake Junaluska Singers).


To register for 2021 Associates Weekend, download and print the following form: 2021 Weekend & Golf Registration Form (PDF).

Bob and Robin Bowling

Chief Junaluska Award

The Chief Junaluska Award is awarded to someone who has given unselfishly to Lake Junaluska Assembly through a labor of love, time and gifts and has been an active Junaluska Associate for at least the past five years.

To nominate someone to receive the Chief Junaluska Award, please fill out the online nomination form (Google) or download the following form and return it to the Office of Development: 2021 Nomination for Chief Junaluska Award (PDF).

Congratulations to Frank Stith and Kathy McNeil, the recipients of the 2021 Chief Junaluska Award. 

Thank you for your deep love for the mission of Lake Junaluska.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Enjoy Associates Weekend 2021 Photos

Become a Lake Junaluska Associate Today

With a gift of $250 or more annually to Lake Junaluska, you become a Lake Junaluska Associate. Your support ensures that our mission and ministry continues to thrive!

Phone Donations

To make a donation by phone, call the Office of Development at 828-454-6749 or toll free at 866-256-1079.

Mail Donations

To make a donation by mail, send to:

Lake Junaluska Assembly Inc. 
The Office of Development 
PO Box 67
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

For more information or to join call 828-454-6749 or email