Red Dress Gala raised record-breaking $77,000 for LRGHealthcare cardiac services

LACONIA — The February 13 LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala, held at Church Landing in Meredith, proved to be another sell-out success. Event organizers were thrilled to welcome more than 300 guests, and are proud to announce that the gala raised a record-breaking $77,288.

Coinciding with American Heart Month, the Red Dress Gala helps to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Over the past eleven years this signature event has raised more than $541,000 for cardiac services, programs, and technology at LRGHealthcare and for our community Emergency Response partners.
Funds from this winter's gala have already been used to purchase two EKG machines. The gala will also enable LRGHealthcare to purchase five state-of-the-art ETCO2 (End Title Carbon Dioxide) monitors -- offering providers invaluable information about the status of the patient after a cardiac event. Remaining Red Dress Gala funds will be used to train all staff at LRGHealthcare on the Heart Saver AED system.
With the theme Dinner at Tiffany's the ballroom at Church Landing was decorated with simple elegance which included striking custom-made linens in Tiffany blue, red, and silver donated by Divine Inspirations. Romantic centerpieces created by eleven-year gala supporter Susan Brown of Lakes Region Floral Studio adorned each table, and thousands upon thousands of little white lights and candles glimmered in the background. Guests dressed to the nines, many in floor-length ball gowns and black tie.

The Common Man culinary team presented a mouth-watering meal, Geoff Cunningham performed beautiful music during the cocktail hour, and local favorite Phil 'n the Blanks had the dance floor spilling over well into the night. Warren Bailey of Comcast Spotlight worked the crowd during the live auction, raising over $13,000 in less than a half-hour.

Highlights for guests included a very fun photo booth with hilarious props, a delicious candy buffet by Lee's Candy Kitchen, a gourmet coffee bar with flavor shots and rimmed glasses, and fabulous live & silent auction items. Lakes Region Party & Gift donated bundles of balloons; Five Star Entertainment contributed dramatic up-lighting; and Jeff Day carved a martini luge and a huge diamond ring ice sculpture, all of which added to the
celebratory feel of the night.

In addition to the 300-plus guests, more than 100 business and individuals supported the event and the cause.
Joining Presenting Sponsor MB Tractor & Equipment in supporting the Red Dress Gala were Gold Sponsor Evroks Corporation; Candy Bar Sponsor DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; Cocktail Reception Sponsor MRS - Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Entertainment Sponsor Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Gourmet Coffee Bar Sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank; Photo Booth Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsor Decorative Interiors; Valet Sponsor Atlantic Parking Services, LLC (APS); and Bronze Sponsors AutoServ Dealerships, Binnie Media, DAK Financial Group LLC, Denise Tucker, Dr. Paul F. Racicot, FairPoint Communications, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford Well Company, Lakes Cosmetic Institute, LRGHealthcare Senior Team, Rae Mello-Andrews & Friends, The Brilliant Gems!, and The Lake Dockers. Community Partners include BlueSpire Marketing, Cross Insurance, Health Plans, Inc., Landmark Benefits, Inc., and Stewart's Ambulance Service.

Major event supporters included Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, Five Star Entertainment, Geoff Cunningham, Ice Designs by Jeff Day, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Lakes Region Party & Gift, Lee's Candy Kitchen, MW Animation & Video, Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks, Salmon Press Newspapers, Stacey Brobst Photography, Taylor Rental, The Common Man, The Laconia Daily Sun, The Weirs Times, Tylergraphics, Inc., and live auctioneer Warren Bailey. More than 75 advertisers and auction donors also supported this year's Red Dress Gala.

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare's mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.

Roast Beef Supper at Trinity Episcopal

MEREDITH — Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 25, Meredith, will be hosting a Roast Beef Supper on Saturday, March 7, from 5:00-7:00 pm with continuous seating. 10% of the proceeds will be going to The Circle Program, an organization serving at risk NH girls.

The menu includes roast beef with all the fixings and homemade desserts. We will also be offering take-out meals. Tickets are available for $10 per person and $25 per family (includes 2 adults and children under 12 – children under 5 are free) until March 1.

Tickets at the door will be $12 per person and $30 per family. For more information or tickets call Trinity at 279-6689.

Thompson-Ames Historical Society receives $26,000 LCHIP grant to make critical repairs to Rowe House

GILFORD  — Gilford's Thompson-Ames Historical Society (T-AHS) is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded a $26,199 matching preservation grant from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). LCHIP is an independent state authority that makes matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve New Hampshire's most important natural, cultural and historic resources.
Thompson-Ames, with the assistance of Gilford resident Carol Anderson, applied to LCHIP last year with the hope of receiving funding for critical repairs that are necessary on the historic Benjamin Rowe house in Gilford Village. The house is currently in need of a new wood shingle roof, repointing of a number of its exterior bricks, and chimney repairs to stop leaking. The total estimated cost of the exterior repair project is approximately $53,000. T-AHS is responsible for raising the matching funds. The Town of Gilford has allocated funding in the amount of $10,000 to the project.
Built in 1835, the Rowe House caught the attention of LCHIP officials as it is one of Gilford's best preserved capes and is the only known cape in the state with a design that features four chimneys placed along the walls of a central hallway so as to provide fireplaces for all four of the first-floor rooms. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The house is owned by the town of Gilford and is located within the historic district of Gilford. Beginning in 2003, it was leased to T-AHS so that the organization could maintain and exhibit the building as a historic house museum. The town pays for repairs to the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, while T-AHS provides and pays for the heat, electricity, interior cosmetic work, as well as maintains the gardens with the help of the Opechee Garden Club.
It has long been the desire of the historical society to renovate the ell of the Rowe House. The town and T-AHS have grouped the renovations into a three-phase project. The first phase addresses the exterior repairs, phase two encompasses the renovation of the ell, and phase three includes the renovation of the second floor of the house.
T-AHS was established in 1943 and is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization designed to preserve and celebrate the cultural history of Gilford. In addition to the its contributions to the upkeep of the Rowe House, the society owns and maintains both the Union Meetinghouse and the Mt. Belknap Grange, both in Gilford Village.
Those interested in donating to the Rowe House project, joining the fund raising committee or becoming a volunteer, please call the society at: 527-9009 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..