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Welcome Gala sponsor Piedmont Water

Piedmont Water was recently recognized for showing their support for St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital through their sponsorship of the 2020 Heart and Soul Gala. The gala is the hospital’s biggest fundraising event of the year and will be held at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee on Feb. 1, 2020.

2020 Gala sponsor Piedmont Water
Piedmont Water has signed on to be a sponsor of the 2020 St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Heart and Soul Gala. Picture with Piedmont Water President Adam Shaifer are, left, Riezl Baker, Gala committee member and Foundation board chair; and, right, Beth Patrick, GSH Director of Community Outreach and Administrative Services

“We believe in giving back to the community and recognize the positive impact that the hospital has made in our economy,” said Adam Shaifer, Piedmont Water’s president.

Piedmont Water is typical of the story of many family businesses in America. Established in 1992, Piedmont Water was formed by members of the Shaifer family and other relatives, key long-term employees, and friends. They first purchased small community systems located around Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair. Over the coming years, serving 10-200 customers, Piedmont continued to acquire additional water systems in the Lake Country and all across the eastern half of the state.

In 1995, the company acquired a substantial interest in Reynolds Lake Oconee’s water and wastewater systems and began the process of upgrading the water systems to support the expected growth. They were also instrumental in the development of the commercial areas along Lake Oconee Parkway, including Publix, Lake Oconee Village, and the construction of the Ritz-Carlton. In Putnam County, they provided improved water services and fire protection, which afforded the opportunity for the construction of Harmony Crossing Shopping Center, Crossroads at Lake Oconee and numerous other commercial and residential communities.

“It was during this period that we at Piedmont recognized that our involvement in the Lake Country mandated a change in our vision,” Adam said. “Piedmont and its people have a long history of giving back to the community, both in our contributed time and in financial contributions. We are especially proud to partner with St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, which is so valuable to our community because of the excellent health care made available to our residents.”

“The gala committee is humbled by the support of the community, especially businesses like Piedmont Water, for their generous, continued donation,” said Sherri Kerstetter, Gala event chair.

About The Heart & Soul Gala:

The 2020 Heart & Soul Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee. The black-tie event will include dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. All proceeds will go to the Expanding Technology, Elevating Care Capital Campaign to enhance technology, equipment and cardiovascular services at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. The Gala is sold-out; however, if you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Foundation at 706-389-3928. For more information, please visit the website at

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