MEREDITH — In spring of 1990, Laconia Altrusa held the first Taste of the Lakes Region; providing the community an opportunity to "taste" specialty offerings from local restaurants. It was also a fundraiser for the local club, become the major fundraiser for the year. It was an immediate success, and this March 22, Laconia Altrusa will hold the 25th Taste of the Lakes Region at Church Landing in Meredith.
Over the years The "Taste" has been held at a variety of Lakes Region venues, beginning at Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford. Other years it was held at The Margate, Gunstock, The Opechee Inn and Church Landing in Meredith.
During this 25 year time period over $175,000 has been raised and given back to the community in a variety of forms. Scholarship monies have been given to students pursuing an education in Health Care, Education, Business and Athletics have been given annually to Lakes Region students. Camp Win-She-Blow in Gilford received funding for summer campers along with Adopt-A-Spot in Laconia. Belknap County Nursing Home has received funding for special activities and events for residents.
Altrusa International has focused on promoting Literacy for all ages and Laconia Altrusa has promoted literacy in the Lakes Region a major priority. The Laconia club has provided literature packages for newborns at LRGH for many years as well as providing reading materials for the Elder Care Unit. The club sponsored a Literacy Day in Laconia last spring ; giving bags of free books to children at the elementary level.
A limited number of tickets will be sold for this year's event. A variety of appetizers, main entres, and desserts will be featured. There will be a cash bar available so no one under 21 will be admitted. Tickets are $25 per person and are sold at Hectors of Laconia, Hart's Turkey Farm in Laconia and Coldwell Banker in Laconia.
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