MEREDITH — Laconia Harley-Davidson and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) have teamed up to make the 90th Anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week even more historic through an effort to raise over $76,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Hampshire and set a new Guinnness World Records title for ''the most money raised for a charity in 24 hours by a motorcycle parade."
The current record is $76,036.
Laconia Motorcycle Week attendees and New Hampshire residents will play a key role in this endeavor by purchasing tickets for a Community Appreciation Parade at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the final Saturday of Bike Week, June 15.
Participants will enter NHMS at the South Gate by the Shell gas station and line up on the "5-lane " from 7-9 a.m. The ride will depart at 9:30 a.m. with a ride around the Speedway track followed by a scenic 32 mile police escorted, non-stop ride around the Lakes Region, concluding at the American Police Motorcycle Museum on Rte. 3 in Meredith.
Non-riders can also contribute to this effort by making a donation at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 15.
"The Boys and Girls Clubs, more than any other organization, are working to put all children on a path to meaningful and productive lives. Their programs have a positive impact on the lives of young people and in some cases, have been credited with saving them," said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. "There is no better way to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week than attempting a philanthropic act of historic proportion. Motorcycle riders from across the globe and those here in New Hampshire can take part in a once-in-a-lifetime riding opportunity, but more importantly, make a difference by supporting this remarkable organization."
Riders can pre-register online at www.newhampshire.speedwaycharities.org, in-person at the Laconia Harley-Davidson dealership in Meredith, or sign up the day of the event on June 15 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Tickets are $35 per bike and $15 for an additional rider. Only 50 VIP tickets will be available for $150, which will enable a rider and passenger to get priority spot in the first 50 spaces behind the pace car. Participants will also receive one free ticket to the Loudon Classic Weekend that evening at NHMS. Individuals and businesses can also contribute to the effort by making a donation of any amount between 7-10 a.m. June 15 at NHMS.
The New Hampshire Chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities began in 2009, and since has worked to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.
Cheryl LaPrade, director of the New Hampshire Chapter of the SCC, said ''This is going to be a tremendously exciting event and we hope to make this one of the biggest in history. We are thrilled to be partnering with Laconia Harley-Davidson to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Hampshire."