LACONIA — The 11th Annual "WOW Sweepstakes Ball" held at the Conference Center at the Lake Opechee Inn & Spa on Saturday once again lived up to its promise of a great party with its 11th consecutive sellout. Grand Prize winner Rae Hann of Laconia certainly would agree. "I'm still in shock," said Rae. "We are truly blessed to have won the Grand Prize of $10,000. WOW, is an acronym for more than one thing!"
With the proceeds from Saturday's event, the WOW Sweepstakes Ball has now raised more than $300,000 over its 11 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 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, 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 Laconia to Belmont with a construction target of 2014.
The WOW Trail's other signature fundraising event, WOW Fest, will be held September 27th at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club and feature a fun walk, 5K and 10K road races, and 15M and 67M bicycle challenges.
CAPTION: Rae Hann (left) was the winner of the $10,000 grand prize at the 11th Annual WOW Sweepstakes Ball in Laconia. Runner-up Lisa Green-Barber is at right. (Judi Taggart photo)