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Pike Industries sets the pace for United Way campaign


LACONIA -- Pike Industries is this year serving as a Pacesetter campaign, one of Granite United Way's campaigns that kick off during the spring and summer months to give the annual campaign a jump start.

The Pike Industry team gave it more than a jump start – they catapulted the campaign this year, say Granite United Way officials. The team at Pike Industries increased their United Way campaign by 20 percent this year – donating in excess of $80,000 to their local communities.

"Our employees are comprised of some of the hardest working individuals in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. I am proud to lead this team that has demonstrated such a strong commitment to their communities," said Christian Zimmermann, CEO of Pike Industries. "I am so impressed that our employees reached into their pockets and gave 20 percent more this year to help solve real issues in our communities. Over the past decade we've seen so many of our own employees dig deep and find ways to help others."

Zimmermann is a long time supporter and works alongside Deb Keith, their Employee Campaign Coordinator, to ensure the campaign's success. Keith is a member of Granite United Way's campaign cabinet. Zimmermann has been very hands-on with the campaign, starting with an endorsement at Pike's annual spring start-up meetings. He even writes thank you notes to donors who make gifts of $250 or more. The company also hosts raffles to generate excitement throughout the campaign.

Pike Industries has been partnering with United Way for decades and its efforts have improved the lives of thousands during that time. During Granite United Way's 2013 Central Region Celebration Pike was given an award for a 1,000 percent increase in 10 years and the company has also been a recipient of the Nightswander-Chertok Award for its campaign success.

"Pike Industries has shown consistent growth in each of the last 10 years of employee campaigns, and over a ten year time has increased their giving by 1,000 percent," said Scoop Welch, Director of Major Gifts for Granite United Way. "Pike Industries has been a valued partner of United Way for decades, but each year they strive to increase the impact they are making. We are honored to have a partner like them in this community."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:04

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Bank of New Hampshire Supports NH Humane Society's 'Paws for a Cause'


LACONIA  — Bank of New Hampshire is proud to be a "Silver Paw" sponsor for the NH Humane Society's "Paws for a Cause" Comedy Night & Auction event which will be held on Thursday, August 7th from 6 pm – 9 pm at Church Landing in Meredith.

The animal welfare agency based in Laconia will host their annual auction to benefit the cats and dogs at the shelter. New this year will be Paul Gilligan and Cristine Hurley, two comedians who will keep you laughing long after the live auction. There are many wonderful items up for auction including sports memorabilia, lawn sculptures, a golf getaway for four, a trip to Ireland, and jewelry just to name a few.

"Community support helps us complete our mission each and every day, finding forever homes," stated Marylee Gorham NHHS Managing Director. "Pledged to provide medical, behavioral, spiritual and emotion rehabilitation for all the Lakes Region's lost, abandoned, abused and simply unwanted creatures requires immense resources, both monetary but also human capital. With an active board of directors, staff and countless volunteers, we can affect a positive outcome for so many who arrive at our doors – but only with the support of our friends."

Tickets to the event can be purchased by calling 603-524-3252 x 309, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Passed hors de' oeuvres are included in the ticket price of $65 per person.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:56

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LRGHealthcare Golf Classic on Aug. 11 features several hole-in-one prizes

LACONIA — A new car, tractor, and big night out in the Lakes Region are just some of the prizes which will be awarded during the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 11 at Laconia Country Club.

This two-flight scramble format competition with 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. shotgun starts will feature golf, meals, fun contests and raffles, and prizes. Proceeds from the day's event will benefit the LRGHealthcare HealthLink Program.

Golfers could win a fabulous prize if they sink a hole-in-one, including a car from the Irwin Automotive Group; a Kubota BX1870 tractor with loader and mower deck from MB Tractor & Equipment courtesy of Dr. Paul Racicot and Family; or $2,500 to either Fratello's Italian Grille or Patrick's Pub & Eatery thanks to our two favorite local restaurants.

For the sixth year LRGHealthcare is honored to welcome Bank of New Hampshire as Presenting Sponsor of the Golf Classic. Other generous sponsors include Gold Sponsor DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; Silver Sponsors Brennan & Pike and Cross Insurance; Golf Ball Sponsors Cerner Corporation and FairPoint Communications; Bronze Sponsors Giguere Electric Inc., Landmark Benefits; Meredith Village Savings Bank, and MetroCast Business Services; Cart Sponsors Franklin Savings Bank and LRGHealthcare Board of Trustees; and Corporate Sponsors Electric Connection, Golden View Health Care Center, Gragil Associates Inc., Humana MarketPOINT Inc., HVAC Unlimited, Jackson Lewis LLP, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Northern Peabody LLC, Nuvasive, Stanley Elevator Company Inc., Stewart's Ambulance Service Inc., and The Foundry Financial Group. Taylor Rental joins us once again as a major in-kind donor of the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic.

Foursome spots and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information and ways to support please contact the Office of Philanthropy at LRGHealthcare, 527-7063 or visit our website: www.lrgh.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:50

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6th Annual ForMatt Foundation Golf Tournament to be held on August 15

MEREDITH — The 6th Annual ForMatt Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, August 15 at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.
The ForMatt Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to honor the joyful spirit, generous heart, and adventurous spirit of Matthew Choiniere ,who passed away in November of 2008 at the age of 22. He was the son of Julie and Vint Choiniere of Meredith and a 2004 graduate of Concord High School.
The ForMatt Foundation provides grants for children making it possible for them to participate in healthy activities that would not normally be within their means. These activities may include programs such as music, art, theater, dance and sports.
Through participation in fun and engaging activities children build positive childhood memories that will last a lifetime. Research shows that when children have positive experiences at a young age, they are better able to manage adversity later in life. The foundation has awarded many grants during the past couple of months to many young people in the Lakes Region for a variety of activities.
It is currently recruiting players and sponsors for the annual tournament.
It is accepting registrations for $100 on or before August 1 or $125 after August 1. Fees are per player and include green fees, golf, cart, and luncheon. Go to www.formattfoundation.org to download player registration and sponsor form or call Vint Choiniere at (603) 707-4736 for more information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:43

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