Irwin Automotive Group Donates Teddy Bears to Youngest Patients at LRGHealthcare


LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group recently hosted its fifth Ladies & Wheels event -- a fun and educational evening welcoming community members free of charge.

Ladies & Wheels featured three educational sessions: 'Spring Cleaning Your Car' presented by the Irwin Automotive Detail Team; 'Identity Theft' presented by Captain Matt Canfield of the Laconia Police Department; and 'Sharing the Road' presented by Rayette Hudon of AAA.

Attendees were treated to valet parking, delicious food and drink, and a Ladies Gift Bag. New this year guests were encouraged to bring along a new teddy bear, to be donated to the Emergency Departments at LRGH and Franklin Regional Hospital.

"The Ladies and Wheels event has grown with leaps and bounds over the past few years. We always welcome such a dynamic group of women who really seem to appreciate this educational and social evening," explains Irwin Automotive Group Used Sales Manager Betty Ballantyne. "This year we decided to add an element of giving back through the "Donate a Bear Because You Care" drive. Attendees certainly embraced the opportunity as we are now making a donation of nearly three dozen bears to LRGH," adds Ballantyne.

"The Irwin Automotive Group has been a great friend to LRGHealthcare over the years," states LRGHealthcare Philanthropy Office Operations Manager Maureen Wilkins. "We appreciate this thoughtful donation of teddy bears, knowing they will bring a bit of comfort and a smile to children who come in to our Emergency Room."