T-BONES, Cactus Jack’s conducting 10th Annual Thanks for Giving fundraiser through Nov. 16

LACONIA — T-BONES Great American Eatery and Cactus Jack's is currently conducting its 10th annual Thanks for Giving fundraiser. To donate to the Thanks for Giving fundraiser, visit T-BONES or Cactus Jack’s now through Sunday, November 16.

Each year the NH based restaurant group chooses a local non-profit organization to be the recipient of its four week long fundraising promotion. In past years guests have been given the opportunity to donate $5 and receive $5 off their next visit in return, when dining at any T-BONES or Cactus Jack's location. In celebration of the 10 year milestone of the Thanks for Giving Fundraiser, those who donate $5 will receive a $10 off dining coupon. All proceeds from this year's fundraiser will benefit FEEDNH.org – Great NH Restaurants' Charitable Trust.

FEEDNH.org is the newly formed charitable trust of Great NH Restaurants. The mission of FEEDNH.org – Great New Hampshire Restaurants' Charitable Trust – is to strengthen New Hampshire communities through philanthropic collaboration, dedicated employee involvement and volunteerism benefiting local Families, Education, Elderly, and the Disadvantaged.

Four local non-profits that fall under these categories have been chosen as the beneficiaries of FEEDNH.org donations before the end of 2014: Families in Transition, Manchester School of Technology, Meals on Wheels, and New Horizons for New Hampshire. The chosen non-profits are thrilled and plan to do great work with the donated funds.

Tanya Randolph, T-BONES and Cactus Jack's Community Outreach Coordinator, said "We are happy to support FEEDNH.org who will in turn be making a generous donation to four deserving non-profits in New Hampshire. We're thrilled to provide four times the support with this year's Thanks for Giving fundraiser!"

For more information about T-BONES Great American Eatery or Cactus Jack's, find us online at www.T-BONES.com or www.Go2CJs.com.

Team Taylor Raises nearly $7,400 in Walk to End Alzheimer's


LACONIA —  Taylor Community was recognized state-wide as having one of the Top Teams in the Sept. 27 Walk to End Alzheimer's in Manchester after raising $7,346.56. They also received a gold medal symbolizing the group as a member of the Grand Champions Club for raising more than $1,000.

"This is a wonderful demonstration of Taylor's effect – not only on the local area – but throughout New Hampshire," said the team's Co-Captain Liz Pomeroy, Taylor's Vice President of Operations and Management. "The annual Walk raises awareness of a disease that affects so many people. The fact this recognition coincides with the opening of our new memory care neighborhood, Opechee Harbor, demonstrates how much we invest in helping those with Alzheimer's and dementia."

A small, but mighty team of Taylor Community staff members started in January with a goal of raising $4,500 for the Alzheimer's Association. According to Co-Captain Stephanie Bennett, Taylor's Clinical Director of Care Management, the group met regularly volunteering their time to come up with a variety of fund-raising ideas, including a Pancake Breakfast and selling baked goods, chocolate bars and candles.

"As time went on, there was a surge of interest from other staff members and even more great ideas came to fruition such as an amazing Italian Night Dinner; Silent Auction; Dining for a Cause with Patrick's Pub and Forget-Me-Not Flowers," she said.

"Each team member did personal fundraising efforts on his or her own time as well. It was remarkable to see and feel the support that we received from so many of our residents on campus. We also had an outpouring of support from family members of residents who heard of our efforts. They wanted to make a donation to our team to thank us for the work we do and for caring for their loved one who experience dementia."

Bennett remarked the group had already received a $100 donation which will go toward next year's efforts.

Spaghetti dinner at Tilt’n Diner tonight to benefit Genesis Behavioral Health

TILTON — A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Genesis Behavioral Health will be held tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the Tilt'n Diner.

The Common Man Family of Restaurants will donate $5 from each spaghetti dinner sold that evening to Genesis Behavioral Health to support programs and services for children, families, and adults living with and recovering from mental illness.

"The Tilt'n Diner has been so gracious to host us for several years now, and we look forward to another successful event on the 21st," said Kristen Welch, Director of Development & Communications at Genesis Behavioral Health, "It's a great way to meet our community and share information about our organization and how we contribute to the health of the region. We'll have mobile bidding set up for our 4th Annual Fundraising Auction, and look forward to good food and good company."

For more information about the auction, visit the website at www.biddingforgood.com/genesisbh or contact Kristen Welch at 524-1100 x445 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the State of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit corporation, Genesis serves over 3,000 children, families, adults and older adults each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 603-524-1100 or visit the website at www.genesisbh.org. Find Genesis Behavioral Health on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates and information.

Belknap Mill to host bridal show

LACONIA  — Fall is upon us and with it come two new and inspiring bridal events; one at the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia and another at the beautiful White Mountain Hotel in North Conway.

Presented by Lakes Region Bride magazine and bridal events, the shows will offer a variety of wedding planning ideas and vendors for brides-to-be in the wedding-planning process.
The Belknap Mill Fall Bridal Show will be held on Sunday, October 26 from noon to 3 pm. The show will feature food, food and more food, as well as delicious wedding cake samples, ice cream favors, flowers, photography, spa information and more.
"The Belknap Mill is a historic icon of the Lakes Region," says Lakes Region Bride editor Kathi Hopper. "The Mill is the site of many weddings and a gorgeous place for an event or party. The building has old brick walls, wood floors and many rustic touches, yet it offers modern amenities such as air conditioning and plenty of parking. It is the perfect, easy-to-reach location for our fall bridal show."
Guests can view beautiful table designs from Judy Abbott at Abbott Rental; the latest gowns from A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique; taste wedding cake samples and catered foods in the Wedding Foodie aisle; discuss wedding flowers, photography and more with vendors; get a free updo to try out a wedding day hair style from Galleria Salon and Day Spa; and even sample some ice cream from Ben and Jerry's of Meredith.
"The grand prize is a romantic overnight stay at the beautiful Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine with breakfast included. One lucky bride-to-be will be chosen at the show for the romantic get away." says Hopper.
For a delightful afternoon of food and wedding planning ideas, mark your calendar now for the upcoming Brides & Brunch bridal show at the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, on Sunday, November 2. Start the day with a scrumptious brunch in the Ledges Dining Room (additional and separate charge from the show), then take in the latest bridal fashions from Inspiration's Bridal, get a free makeup/hair consult with the stylists from Debony Salon of Jackson, check out florals from Ruthie's Flower Shop, Ks Bouquets, sample wedding cake from Ooo La La Creative Cakes, tour the resort, chat with photographers, get linen and table design colors and ideas from Abbott Rental and much more.
(For information on participating as a vendor in the bridal shows or to pre register to attend, visit www.lakesregionbride.com or call 603-293-2327.)