LACONIA — The first ever Lakes Region Rotary Car Show held on July 27 at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, was a huge success, raising more than $10,000 to benefit several local charities.
Checks were recently presented to several local organizations at a special awards breakfast held at the Water Street Café. Local non-profit recipients included the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation; Laconia Education Endowment Foundation; Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center; the Circle Program; the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region; LHS Athletic Field; Lakes Region Youth Leadership Program; Laconia Area Community Land Trust; and LRGHealthcare.
Lakes Region Rotary members were proud to welcome 150 vehicles and more than 700 participants to their first car show. Cars from all decades ranging back to the 1910's took part in this great event. The day welcomed beautiful weather and the perfect opportunity for enthusiasts to showcase their one-of-a-kind cars, all to benefit important Lakes Region charities.
"As of that morning we had just 37 cars registered for the event; by 11:00 the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound lot was packed with more than 150 vehicles," explains Lakes Region Rotary President Scott Wilkinson. "Between car owner and spectators we had more than 700 people take part in the event. We exceeded all expectations we had for the first year of the event and we're already making plans for next summer's car show," states Wilkinson.
AutoServ stepped up as the $2,500 Presenting Sponsor of the event, and Bank of New Hampshire and Graham & Graham CPAs in Laconia each signed-on as $1,000 Gold Sponsors. Additional supporters included Binnie Media, CG Roxane, Comcast Spotlight, EFI, The Weirs Times, Vermont Soapstone, and WEMJ 1490AM. Members are particularly grateful to the many car owners, spectators, vendors, volunteers, and the team at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound.