MEREDITH — When the reduction of Federal Funds for Fuel Assistance was announced in the fall of 2010, a small group of friends discussed how they might lend a helping to their neighbors. A fundraising committee was formed and included members from Meredith, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough. Thus, the Turn Up the Heat fuel fundraiser was created. Raising $10,000.00 was the goal set to be divided evenly among the towns of Meredith, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough.
Through the generosity of local businesses, donations from individuals, and those who purchased tickets to the event that goal became a reality. Last year, the goal was the same with even more support from the local community and beyond.
On Monday, February 10, the third annual Turn Up the Heat February Fuel Raiser was held at the Carriage House, Church Landing. Committee members included: Sandy Condojani, Jeanie Forrester, Carol Gerken, Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, Tuffy Hamblet, Wendy Harris, Jodie Herbert, Bonnie Hunt, Terry Jutton, Diane Lane, Barbara Lauterbach, Renee Speltz and Jacki Taylor.
Major sponsors included: MVSB, NHEC, Bank of New Hampshire, Stewart's Ambulance, MRI, Mill Falls at the Lake, The Common Man, Giuseppe's Ristorante and Pizzeria, Altrusa International of Meredith and a generous private donor. Musical entertainment was donated by Geoff Cunningham.
The outcome was overwhelming. $15,000 was raised to help neighbors with fuel assistance. All three towns have shared the positive impact on neighbors who benefited from this assistance as the need is great and growing.
The committee is planning next year's event and hopes to increase the goal for our neighbors for 2015.