LACONIA — Matt and Julie LeBlanc of Gilmanton say they plan to put the three-seater Yamaha V1 Sport WaveRunner that they won in a Got Lunch! Laconia raffle to good use.
The couple live on Sawyer Lake and found out last Monday while vacationing in Rhode Island that they had won the personal watercraft valued at $10,427.
''We're going to have fun with it,'' said Matt LeBlanc, when he and his wife and their children, Gracey, 8, and Sawyer, 4, stopped by Irwin Marine in Laconia Friday morning to pick up their prize, which also came with a trailer .
They had received a phone call from Dave Barth, Julie's dad, who helps deliver the summer meals for the Got Lunch! Program, about their good fortune. He had been at the drawing which was held Monday morning at the Laconia Congregational Church, where volunteers gather every Monday to assemble the food items for distribution.
''We were happy to win but it's really just a bonus for us. We bought a raffle ticket because we like supporting a great program.'' said LeBlanc.
The Got Lunch! Laconia program delivers healthy meal makings every week to about 650 children in the city Laconia and was started in 2011 and has spawned similar programs in abut 15 New Hampshire communities since then.
It marked the second straight year that Irwin Marine has donated a personal watercraft to raise funds according to Paula Gile, assistant pastor of the Laconia Congregational Church and one of the founders of the program.
On hand to present the keys to the WaveRunner to the LeBlancs was Bill Irwin, vice president and sales manager at Irwin Marine.
Giles said that the raffle raised over $10,000 for the Got Lunch! program.
Bill Irwin of Irwin Marine is shown with the LeBlanc family of Gilmanton; Sawyer, 4, Gracey, 8, Julie and Matt with the three-seat Yamaha WaveRunner that they won in a raffle which raised funds for Got Lunch! Laconia. (Roger Amsdem/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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