(A) Over 100 area businesses supporting WOW Sweepstakes Ball which takes place Saturday night (385 w/3 col Sponsor)

LACONIA — Over 100 businesses join together this Saturday night, May 18, at the Lake Opechee Conference Center to support one of the area's most exciting events, the WOW Sweepstakes Ball, presented by Meredith Village Savings Bank.
Celebrating its' 10th year, the WOW Ball has raised almost $300,000 since it began in 2004. For $100, ticket holders are entered into a sweepstakes drawing with $13,000 in cash prizes, including the Grand Prize of $10,000.
In addition to the sweepstakes entry, ticket holders and guest are invited to attend the Ball (casual attire is 'cool') which includes dinner, dancing and entertainment from Paul Warnick's Phil 'n the Blanks.
"We continue to be inspired by the generosity of our sponsors in helping to grow this trail. For many, this is their 10th year of contributing" explained WOW Trail President Allan Beetle.
The event includes both a silent and live auction before the entertainment and sweepstakes drawing begins. "Local businesses have continued with their generous support, with a variety of interesting items" said event co-chair Darcy Peary. "We will
pick several of the top items for live auction, which keeps it quick, fun and exciting".
Key auction items include a paddleboard from Piche's, a road bike from MC Cycle, a framed photograph from Ian Raymond Photography, in-home catering from T Bone's Restaurant and $250 gift certificate to Fratello's Italian Grille, year-long fitness
memberships to both Gilford Hills Tennis & Fitness Club and Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, a week stay at the Naswa and many more.
A complete list of auction items will be available at www.wowtrail.org on Friday.
Tickets are available on-line at www.meadowbrook.net, or available at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club or Patrick's Pub & Eatery. For more information go to www.wowtrail.org.

WOW Ball Event sponsors pictured out on the stairs to the WOW Trail in Lakeport along with their donated items for the auction. Sponsors include Front Row: Ian Raymond, Ian Raymond Photography; Bill Bald of Gold Sponsor Melcher & Prescott Insurance; Myles Chase, MC Cycle. Middle Row: Scott Ouellette, Magic Foods (O Steak & Seafood Restaurants and Canoe Restaurant); Pam Koontz, Weirs Times; Theresa Ross, Gilford Hills Tennis & Fitness Club; Pat Bolduc, Piche's Ski & Sport; Justin Cutillo, Steele Hill Resorts. Back Row: Caroline Rolf & Ken Sawyer, Franklin Savings Bank; Adam Hirshan, Laconia Daily Sun and Deb Keith, Pike
Industries.  (Courtesy photo)