Published DateLACONIA — What started as a party and ride as a memorial tribute to deceased community leader Peter Makris has, seven years later, turned into an important fundraiser for the Laconia Fire Department and the Easter Seals NH "Veterans Count" program,
which aids active military and families, before, during and after deployment. To date, the ride has raised over $185,000.
The Peter Makris Memorial Run which gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday will start the 90th anniversary of Laconia Bike Week out right, providing hundreds of bikers an unusual opportunity to see all of the scenic lake without stop lights and traffic, thanks to the support of the State and local police.
"Our 78-year old resort sits on 70-acre Paugus Bay which is the center of our bustling recreational community," says Cynthia Makris, President of the family-owned NASWA Resort and also of Laconia Motorcycle Week. "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."
Makris was instrumental in raising funds to purchase the original boat for the Laconia Fire Department Water Rescue team.
Registration, breakfast and line-up starts at the NAZBar & Grill, the Resort's lakefront hot spot. 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.
When the run returns to the NASWA, the NAZBar & Grill will be the center of a celebration which features a bountiful lunch buffet prepared by students and instructors from the Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts Department. 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.