Published DateCAPTION - Christine Santaniello, executive director of Lakes Region Community Services (right) and Gary Lemay of Meredith, president of the oraganization's board of directors (left), flank Joe Bean, one of the nearly 700 individuals in 29 communities served by the agency, yesterday welcomed partners and donors at their new home on North Main Street in Laconia to celebrate the move and express their gratitude to those who made it possible. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).
LACONIA — Close to 100 guests of the directors and staff of Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) gathered at their new home in the former Federal Building on North Main Street yesterday to honor 11 community partners who have contributed to the pursuit of the agency's mission and the 30 firms that donated to the renovation of the building.
"It's a celebration, a party," said Christine Santaniello, executive director of LRCS. Together with Gary Lemay, president of the board of directors, Santaniello recognized each of the partners and donors. Afterwards "LRCS Through the Lifespan," a film documenting the work of the agency in supporting and enriching the lives of those with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders, in both of the two theaters in the building.
Denise Colby and Kara Stanley, dubbed "super-moms" led the list of partners for their work with parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Max MacPherson, whose strummed chords greeted guests, offers guitar lessons to those the agency serves. The Phi Beta Lambda Club at Lakes Region Community College raised $1,000 with a pancake breakfast. The Uncle Steve Band played the "community dance," an annual fundraiser. Don Stoppe donates his talent and boat to the adapted water ski program sponsored by NewEngland Disabled Sports..
Community Guaranty Savings Bank partnered with LRCS by sponsoring the "Miles for Smiles 5k Race. The Franklin Parks and Recreation Department not only welcomes but employs as volunteers those served by the agency. Lakes Region Computer provides LRCS with the technological support it requires to operate. Sodexo at Plymouth State University, a food service internship for individuals with disabilities, partnered with the STRIDE program. Gracing the wall with her brush, Marcy Yerkes of Southern Accent Design added murals and motifs to the agency's new home.
The Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), which arranged for LRCS to sell $956,250 in tax credits to local and regional businesses, was a key partner. Santaniello said that so far 30 firms have contributed $803,300 in return for credits against their business tax liabilities. Commitments for the remaining $152,950 are open until March 31 with payment due by June 30.
All the firms were honored yesterday. They are: Bank of New Hampshire; TD Bank, NA; AutoServ of New Hampshire; Frankling Savings Bank; Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, CPA; Melcher & Prescott Insurance; Northway Bank; Stewart's Ambulance Service, Inc.; Eptam Plastics, Ltd.,; Irwin Automotive Group; Northeast Pharmacy Services,; AutoFair of NH; Common Man Family of Restaurants; Community Guaranty Savings Bank; Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson; Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan, P.A.; E&S Insurance Services; Emery &Garret Groundwater; Fay's Boat Yard; Giguere Electric, Inc.; Graham & Graham, PC; Joyce Janitorial Services; Laconia Athletic & Swim Club; Lakes Region Dental Care; MB Tractor & Equipment; Meredith VillageSavings Bank; Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corporation; Stafford Oil Company,; Steele Hill Resorts; and Stinson & Associates, PC.
Lakes Region Community Services provides a wide range of supportive, educational and specialized services to 587 adults and 93 children in 29 municipalities throughout the Lakes Region.