Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group Champions the Arts as Season Sponsor for OPAS

Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group led by founders Riezl and Ted Baker, has reaffirmed its support of the arts with a generous donation to the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS) as season sponsors. This significant contribution underscores the group’s commitment to enriching the cultural landscape of the community.

Doug LaBrecque, the Artistic/Executive Director of OPAS, expressed his gratitude, stating, “This donation is instrumental in allowing us to continue delivering high-quality entertainment to the area and bolstering our children’s arts education programs. The support from Riezl and Ted Baker ensures the ongoing vibrancy and accessibility of the arts in our community.”

Since its establishment in 2010, OPAS has been at the forefront of bringing premier entertainment and educational opportunities to the region. Riezl Baker played a role in the early days of OPAS, leading the marketing efforts that helped introduce significant cultural events to the lake area, including the acclaimed production of “The King and I” directed by renowned Baayork Lee.

Reflecting on the impact of OPAS, Riezl Baker, who currently serves on the Board of Directors, shared, “Being a part of OPAS from the beginning has been a deeply rewarding journey. Seeing my children participate in ‘The King and I’ was a poignant reminder of the power of the arts to inspire and educate our youth.”

OPAS’s track record includes hosting legendary artists like the late Marvin Hamlisch and elevating the cultural offerings available to the community. Ted Baker emphasized the broader significance of OPAS’s work, saying, “The arts play a crucial role in connecting our communities and fostering an environment where creativity and cultural engagement thrive. Supporting OPAS is not just an investment in the arts but in the heart and soul of our community.”

Under the leadership of Doug LaBrecque and with the support of local board members, OPAS continues to elevate the quality of arts and entertainment in the area. Margie Forbes, OPAS 

Board Chair, remarked, “The generosity of Ted and Riezl Baker is a testament to their understanding of the arts’ vital role in our community and economy. Their sponsorship enables us to offer a diverse and enriching program lineup and to expand our initiatives aimed at nurturing young talents.”

For more information about OPAS and how to become a member, please contact (706) 467-6000 or visit 

**About Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group**Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group is a premier real estate firm founded by Riezl and Ted Baker. With years of combined experience in Lake Oconee real estate, a dynamic team of industry professionals, a strong network in the community and a portfolio of properties that is second to none, Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group continues to set new benchmarks for real estate in the lake area as top producers closing record- breaking transactions every year. The group is also deeply rooted in the local community through its philanthropic endeavors and support of local initiatives. 

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