LACONIA — On Friday, November 21, Laconia Christian Academy held its Annual Holiday Gala at Church Landing in Meredith. Attended by over 215 guests, this was by far the most successful fundraising banquet event for the group of the past decade.
The Gala included both silent and live auctions in support of LCA's Tuition Grant Fund and an opportunity to support the school's Annual Fund. Over the past three years the keynote address focused on three of the four pillars of LCA: Faith, Service, and Community. This year's focus was on the fourth pillar - Intellect. The theme verse was taken from Mark 12:29-30, where Jesus answered the question as to which is the most important commandment. "Jesus answered, 'The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'"
The highlight of the evening was the perspective on intellectual development at LCA shared by various members of the LCA community. Mrs. Lewis, a 17 year veteran teacher at LCA, shared from the perspective of a teacher as she helped middle school students begin to "connect the dots." Sylvia McCarthy spoke of the advantages her 5th grade son, Morgan, is experiencing as he develops into a lively and engaged student. Finally, Keran "Chris" Li ('13), a sophomore at New York University, related the importance of the academic discipline instilled at LCA.
The auctions raised over $24,000 for the Tuition Grant Fund. Underwriting and donations to the Annual Fund totaled over $36,000. LCA would like to thank the many friends and families of LCA who contributed items to the auctions and who donated to the Annual Fund. Additionally, the families of LCA would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their help in making the 2014 Holiday Gala the success that it was: All My Life Jewelers, Animal Adventures, Annie's Book Stop, Arbonne – Ashley Luscher, Aubuchon Hardware, Awakening Chiropractic, Belknap Tire, Beyond the Belt, Black Moose Chimney & Stove, LLC, Burrito Me, Cardigan Country Store, Cardigan Mountain Orchard, Chiropractic Health Innovation, Clark's Trading Post, Clipture Hair Salon, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Decorative Interiors, E.M. Health, Inc. Supermarket, Donohoe Family, Dr. Stephen Guild, Duane Cross Pics, Family Affair, Fitness Edge, Granite State Glass, Greenlaw's Music, Hannaford Supermarket - Bristol, Heidi Swartzwelder Engar, Home Depot – Tilton, Independence Financial Advisors, Jon's Roast Beef & Deli, Inn at Mills Falls, Kramer & Hall Goldsmith's, Krazy Kids, Laconia Car Wash, Laconia Muskrats, Laconia Pet Center, Laconia Pleasant Street Association, Lakes Region Landmark Properties, Lands' End, Larry Frates, Lovering Volvo, Lowe's - Gilford, MC Cycle & Sport, Michelle Goodearl Photography, Misty Harbor Resort, Moulton Farm, My Coffee House, Owl's Nest Resort, Parkhurst & Co., Patrick's Pub, Pats Peak, Piche's Ski Shop, Pirate's Cove - Lakes Region, Plimoth Plantation, Primerica - Cassandra & Jason Sweatt, R.P. Williams & Sons, Inc., Santa's Village, Scott's Integrity Automotive, Skip's Sports Shop, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Starbuck's - Tilton, Storyland, Suddha Studio, Tanger Outlet, The Arts Collaborative, The Common Man Restaurants, The Cutting Garden, The Home Beautiful, The Mitten Mill, The Soda Shoppe, Trustworthy Hardware, Usher's Machine, Inc., Vista Foods, Wesley Woods, Westport Educational Consulting, Whittemore's Florist, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Winnisquam Country Gifts, and York's Wild Kingdom.
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