Laconia Harley kicks off holiday season with Goodwill coat drive and tree lighting

MEREDITH — Laconia Harley-Davidson has launched an effort to support those in need this holiday season while also helping to beautify downtown Meredith. On Saturday, November 30 Laconia Harley will host its first annual Christmas tree lighting and month-long coat drive to benefit Laconia Goodwill, the area's largest charity thrift store and donation center, which supports families throughout New Hampshire's Lakes Region. After the holiday season, Laconia Harley will donate the 13-foot Balsam tree to the Greater Meredith Program. More information can be found at

With performances by the Brian Robert Band, along with demonstrations by award-winning ice sculptor Jeff Day, the tree lighting and coat drive will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 30 at Laconia Harley Davidson in Meredith. The Brian Robert Band will perform rock n' roll versions of Christmas classics while Day will transform a block of ice into a snowman. The fun, free family event will feature plenty of delicious treats, including gingerbread cookies, frosted sugar cookies, hot cocoa and Irish coffee—provided by Hart's Turkey Farm.

"The holiday season is really about giving, and as a local business we feel it's our responsibility to support our community. Laconia Goodwill has long been the leading advocate for people in need in the Lakes Region," said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. "We hope this campaign helps warm the hearts and bodies of those in the community that need assistance the most. At the same time we are pleased to create a family-oriented event at our dealership that will also help enhance downtown Meredith."

As the leading thrift store and donation center in the region, Laconia Goodwill is always there for families in need, providing needed clothing and resources.

"A coat does so much more than keep someone warm. Every time someone shops or donates to our organization they are helping so many across New Hampshire and northern New England," said Maureen Puia, director of communications for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.

The 13-foot balsam tree will be decorated with white lights and "chrome accents" by Cole Gardens of Concord. Attendees can guess the number of lights on the tree for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Laconia Harley Davidson.

After the holiday season the balsam will be donated to the Greater Meredith Program, a nonprofit organization working to enhance the economic vitality in Meredith, while preserving the community's cultural and historical heritage. The organization is also working on a town-wide beautification project, which includes planting an additional 100 trees in town during the next five years.

"Laconia Harley-Davidson is widely known as a philanthropic leader in the Lakes Region and we are thrilled that they have agreed to donate this beautiful tree which will support our overall mission of beautifying the community," said Liz Lapham, executive director of the Greater Meredith Program.