Charity raffle delivers $15,000 each to Lebanon home for families with children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and adaptive sailing program on Lake Winnipesaukee
Thanks to Laconia Harley-Davidson’s Street™ 750 Charity Raffle, two lucky New Hampshire nonprofits received $15,000 each in critical funding and two lucky New Hampshire motorcyclists each received one of Harley-Davidson’s hottest new bikes. In raising $30,000 during the raffle, Laconia Harley-Davidson delivered $15,000 each to the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association (LWSA) in Gilford and David’s House in Lebanon. The LWSA is developing an adaptive sailing program to allow those with mental and physical disabilities to enjoy sailing’s therapeutic benefits. David’s House serves as a no-cost home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Laconia Harley-Davidson has raised $185,000 in the past six years in support of a number of New Hampshire nonprofits.
This year marks the first time Laconia Harley-Davidson has donated two motorcycles for its charity raffle. Raffle winners Arthur Brungot of Kingston, and Michael Boulanger, of Meredith, each won new Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 motorcycles – Harley’s much-anticipated new motorcycle featuring agile handling and blacked-out Harley-Davidson custom style. The Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle has previously benefited the Loon Preservation Society, the New Hampshire Food Bank, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region.
“We kicked off Laconia Motorcycle Week in style this year by providing riders with the first chance in New England to get a look at the brand new Street™ 750 motorcycle, while at the same time making an impact in our community,” said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. “We are thrilled to be able to deliver much-needed funding for these two fantastic nonprofits, who are both doing such meaningful work helping those in need. And we are equally pleased to be able to hand over two of Harley-Davidson’s hottest new motorcycles to our two lucky winners.”
Gov. Maggie Hassan helped kick-start Laconia Motorcycle Week and the Street 750 Charity Raffle by purchasing the first of 3,000 raffle tickets at a June State House event flanked by a dozen Harley riders and nonprofit volunteers.
At the June event, Governor Hassan stated, “New Hampshire’s motorcycle industry is critical to our economy and our vibrant communities, attracting thousands of visitors to our state, creating jobs and making a difference in people’s lives. I thank Laconia Harley-Davidson for their efforts to spur economic development and commitment to Granite State nonprofits, including David’s House and the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association that provide outstanding services to the communities that they serve.”
The LWSA has spent the past three decades working to make sure anyone who wants to learn to sail can do just that. Recently they have partnered with Sail to Prevail, a national adaptive sailing leader, to develop its own adaptive sailing program. This first-of-its-kind program in New Hampshire will help people with a variety of disabilities – including injured veterans, those with autism and the developmentally disabled – experience the therapeutic benefits and the joy of sailing. The LWSA runs its programs out of a newly-purchased waterfront facility in Gilford and it relies almost entirely upon tax deductible donations from supporters. The specialized, adaptive boats for the program range in cost of $50,000 – $60,000 each. Ultimately, the LWSA, which teaches about 150 kids to sail each summer, is aiming to compile a fleet of four or five specially outfitted boats.
“For the LWSA, the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle has evolved into a real partnership between unique entities,” said Tom Mullen, President of the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association. “Without benefactors like Laconia Harley-Davidson, we could never bring our unique programming to the folks that need our services. Laconia Harley-Davidson recognizes this fact and they consistently give back to the people of New Hampshire in many important ways. We are proud to be associated with this outstanding business.”
David’s House (www.davids-house.org) is a Lebanon-based nonprofit that has been providing all the comforts of home for families with children undergoing treatment at CHaD since 1986, serving more than 13,000 families as guests. There is no time limit on a family’s stay, as most families do not know when they can go home.
The organization has forged a unique bond with Laconia Harley-Davidson. David’s House hosts the annual Lindsey Frank Memorial Motorcycle Ride, which kicked off from Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith—right next to Laconia Harley-Davidson—to David’s House on Saturday August 22nd. The impact of the Memorial Motorcycle Ride, along with the particularly meaningful service David’s House provides, inspired this year’s partnership.
“The funds raised from the Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle are coming to us at a critical time,” said Jaye Olmstead, Development Director at David’s House. “We just completed our first full year of operating 20 bedrooms after opening four additional bedrooms last summer. As expected, our expenses rose with our occupancy. This fundraiser is providing needed resources that will allow us to continue offering a no-cost home-away-from-home for more families than ever before who are going through incredibly challenging times.”
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About the Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 and 550 Motorcycles
On the heels of Project RUSHMORE, Harley-Davidson has revealed two totally new motorcycles: the new Street 750 and Street 500 from Harley-Davidson. Both motorcycles were designed for an entire new generation of global riders and feature the all-new Revolution X, V-Twin engine. This is pure Harley-Davidson built for the urban environment. Visit http://street.harley-davidson.com/en_US for more details.