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MB Tractor & Equipment Signs On as Presenting Sponsor of the 10th Annual Red Dress Gala

LACONIA — For the fifth year in a row, MB Tractor & Equipment has signed-on as the $10,000 Presenting Sponsor of the LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala.

Held each year during American Heart Month this signature event will take place on Friday, February 7, 2014, returning to Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, where the first gala was held ten years ago. Proceeds from the Red Dress Gala support cardiac services and technology at LRGHealthcare and for our local EMS partners.

The theme of this year's event is A Toast to Ten Years. This elegant evening will feature a delicious meal created by The Common Man culinary team, live & silent auctions, and dancing to local favorite Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks.

The Red Dress Gala offers great sponsorship opportunities. With over 300 guests participating businesses will receive excellent exposure and marketing benefits. There are opportunities for every budget --from advertising in the program booklet, to donating to the auction, to high-level sponsorships.

MB Tractor joins Cocktail Reception Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsors Decorative Interiors, DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc., FairPoint Communications, Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary, Lovering Volvo, and Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Bronze Sponsors Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, and Meredith Village Savings Bank.; and Corporate Sponsor Holbrook Insurance Center, Inc. Major event supporters include Binnie Media, Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, 5 Star Entertainment, Lakes Region Floral Studio, MW Animation & Video, The Common Man, Tylergraphics, Inc., and live auctioneer Warren Bailey.

Contact the Office of Philanthropy to learn about sponsorship opportunities, or to receive an invitation to the gala, to be mailed in December contact 527-7063 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:51

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Special Chamber Event: The Power of Email Marketing

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Constant Contact and the Enterprise Center at Plymouth to bring an exciting event to the Plymouth area on Wednesday, November 13 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth.

Joanne Randall, owner of Leap Year Marketing, will share real world insights and knowledge that can be implemented immediately to improve business success.

In this information-packed session, attendees will learn how to: create valuable email content, improve deliverability and readability, understand results, and build a quality email list. Discover how communicating regularly with customers and readers can keep a business connected and top of mind, helping to generate increased referrals, repeat sales, and unwavering customer loyalty.

Business owners and marketers will walk away with best practices and winning strategies for acquiring and maintaining quality, loyal subscribers who can become the foundation of a solid customer base.

Refreshments will be served. Click the link on the Chamber's website to register or call the Chamber office at 536-1001.

Joanne Randall is the founder and principal with Leap Year Marketingand host on Marketing Mojo Radio and NH Women in Business Radio. With a background in business management and hospitality, she specializes in management and human relations and hosts workshops on Facebook, Getting Organized, and Turning Prospects into Clients.


Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 10:29

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Autoserv Now Has Allstate Insurance office at dealership

TILTON — The next time customers visit AutoServ of Tilton, they will be able to insure their new car, home and discuss insurance protection needs with an Allstate agency owner before even driving off the lot.

AutoServ Dealerships announced, today, a relationship with Allstate Insurance Company and the Allstate Auto Dealer Program to open a full-service Allstate agency inside the AutoServ of Tilton showroom.
"We are so excited to have yet another service to offer our customers," said Dennis Gaudet, CEO of AutoServ. "AutoServ Insurance and Financial Services will offer a full selection of insurance products including automotive, home, life and accident, as well as recreational vehicles."
The agency office opened inside AutoServ of Tilton on November 1 and operates during regular hours of the dealership. Chelsey Gaudet, daughter of Dennis and Carolyn Gaudet and granddaughter of Paul & Brigid Gaudet, is the head licensed insurance professional and she has a team of support staff who are onsite to help customers assess their insurance portfolio and help make sure they have the protection they want and need.
"Because our agency is on site with extended hours, we are able to provide the convenience of one-stop-shopping for all of our customers' insurance and automotive needs," said Dennis Gaudet.
AutoServ Dealerships, founded in 1989, represents Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan, Ram, Volkswagen and in its Belmont dealership, Kia. It also operates AutoServ Collision Center and Tilton Glass. AutoServ is one of the largest retail automotive dealer groups in New Hampshire, family owned and operated. Its motto "Our People Make it Happen" is personified by the 130 outstanding people AutoServ employs. Also housed inside AutoServ of Tilton is the AutoCafé, a restaurant serving delicious and healthy meals 6 days/week prepared by Chef Michael Moore (formerly of M&Js and Willow's Steak & Spirits)

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 10:21

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Altrusa Club of Meredith Sponsors a Zienzele Night

MEREDITH — On Tuesday, October 29, the Altrusa International Club of Meredith sponsored a "Zienzele Night."

"Zienzele" refers to the Zienzele Foundation, an organization designed to support AIDS orphans and their caregivers in Zimbabwe, Africa. The evening, which took place at the Meredith Community Center, consisted of a dinner catered by Kevin's Cafe in Moultonborough, a presentation by Nancy Clark, co-founder and president of the Zienzele Foundation, and the sale of beautiful baskets made by Zimbabwean women.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation given by Nancy Clark, assisted by Zienzele Board Member, Jackie Simpson. Nancy told the story of how the organization came into being. She and Co-founder, Prisca Nemapare, a native of Zimbabwe, worked together on a maternal child health and nutrition research project, sponsored by Earthwatch in rural Zimbabwe. When Earthwatch could no longer continue its work, Nancy and Prisca decided to form an organization that would help children most in need in the area, AIDS orphans.

The Foundation's primary goal is to help the people in the area develop self-sustaining projects that generate food, funds for basic needs, and school fees for AIDS orphans. Some of these projects include creating vegetable gardens, sewing and selling school uniforms, and making and selling baskets. By far, the most successful project is the basket project. Zimbabwean women make baskets of varying sizes, colors, and designs using grass and sisal. The Zienzele Foundation buys the baskets, brings them back to the United States and sells them for a profit. All proceeds go back to Zimbabwe to pay school fees for AIDS orphans. Currently this project is providing educational opportunity for 800 orphans.

Members of the Meredith Altrusa Club were so moved by the plight of the Zimbabwean people and so inspired by the work of the Zienzele Foundation to assist them that they bought many of the beautiful baskets for sale. Estimated funds from the sale were approximate $1200. Also under consideration is the adoption of a child-headed family (a family in which children take care of siblings and if necessary disabled adults). For $300 a year, this program pays for school fees, school supplies, a quarterly box of food staples, and shipments of donated clothing.

Baskets will be available for purchase by the general public at the Meredith International Altrusa Club's Festival of Trees to be held at Waukewan Golf Club December 6-8.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 10:17

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