Published DateLACONIA — The Annual "WOW Sweepstakes Ball" held at the Lake Opechee Inn & Conference Center on Saturday once again lived up to it's promise of a great party with its 10th consecutive sellout. $10,000 Grand Prize winner Alison Isabelle of Gilford certainly would agree.
"The event was great" said Alison. "I'm still in shock. We were excited to have a fun night out with friends and support the WOW Trail, but to win the Grand Prize — I'm blown away!".
With the proceeds from Saturday's event, the WOW Sweepstakes Ball has now raised over $300,000 over its 10 year run, which will fund the continued expansion of the WOW Trail.
"Our hats off to Meredith Village Savings Bank, the presenting sponsor, and to everyone who bought a ticket, donated an auction item, advertisers and event sponsors" said event co-chair Darcy Peary. "These events just can't happen without broad based community support, which, thankfully, the WOW Trail enjoys".
A total of 10 cash winners were selected in a reverse drawing from the 300 tickets sold and shared the $13,000 in Sweepstakes dollars."It's a fun, affordable way to support the WOW Trail", explains WOW Trail President Allan Beetle. "For $100, supporters are entered into the Sweepstakes, and can bring a guest to the event, enjoy a delicious dinner, live music, dancing and have a fun night out."
The proceeds from this year's WOW Sweepstakes Ball will be used for the continued expansion of the trail. HEB Engineering is currently conducting the detail design of Phase II of the trail, which will extend the trail from downtown to Belmont with a construction target of 2014.
The WOW Trail's other signature fundraising event is the WOW Fest held September 14th at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club featuring a fun walk, 5K and 10K road races, and 15M and 67M bicycle challenges.