7th annual Peter Makris Memorial Run will kick off Laconia's 90th Bike Week (508 w/1 col Peter Makris)
Published DateLACONIA — The 7th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Run will kick off the 90th Laconia Bike Week when it roars out from the Naswa Resort on Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m.
Funds raised from the this event, which was conceived as a tribute to Makris' community involvement, have continued the funding Makris Makris helped start in 2004 when the Laconia Fire Department had no water rescue unit. After the death of Mark Miller, a local paramedic during an under the ice training session, Makris stepped to the plate with a $5,000 check and asked his fellow businesses to do the same.
To date the ride has raised $185,000 for the rescue unit.
"Our 78-year old resort sits on the lake which is the center of our bustling recreational community," says Cynthia Makris, president of the family-owned Naswa Resort and also of the Laconia Motorcycle Week orgnization. "We recognize the importance of the lake and the safety of those who enjoy it, and we are proud to support Fire Chief Ken Erikson and his ongoing efforts to develop his Water Rescue Team to serve and protect our residents and visitors."
The Peter Makris Memorial Fund has also added the Easter Seals New Hampshire, "Veterans Count" program as a beneficiary, to commemorate Makris' service as a US Marine as the program assists returning servicemen and women and their families. Makris was also instrumental in purchasing the original boat for the Laconia Fire Department Water Rescue team, so the event has particular significance since the city does not provide funding for this aspect of the Department's services.
Registration, breakfast and line-up starts at the NAZBar & Grill, the Resort's lakefront hot spot at 8:30 a.m. Commemorative t-shirts with a logo designed by Harley Davidson artist, David Uhl, are included, along with a luncheon buffet, live music and all-day fun-filled party. A patriotic kick off with the Singing Trooper, Sgt. Dan Clark will start hearts pounding, followed by the blessing of the bikes before the ride starts out at 11 a.m. with police motorcycles and an antique fire truck in the lead.
New this year is the involvement of the Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts Department, which will add a new twist to the lunch buffet. "We are enthused to be involved in the community and look forward to continuing the tradition of delicious and well-prepared food at the Peter Makris Memorial event" says Patrick Hall, program coordinator.
Specially prepared items will accompany the grill stations with the assistance of sponsor, InFusion Sales Group, a food service provider. Live music, raffles, "spirited" promotions and a silent auction create a full-out "Biker Boogie" with an option for guests to roll up their jeans and cool their toes in the lake with the Bruce Marshall Band, a favorite of the event, providing the live entertainment all afternoon.
Early-bird, discounted registration, up to May 25, is available at NASWA Resort or online (through June 4) at www.naswa.com/peter_makris.htm, or by calling 603-366-4341. Onsite, event-day registration is $55. VIP registration is $75 to run front of the pack and receive reserved parking or docking, plus a $10 NASWA Gift Card.