Published DateTo the editor,
We appologize for our delay in writing this very important letter to so many wonderful folks that live and work in the greater Laconia area.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, a bitterly cold day, The Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1, hosted the "World Famous Harlem Wizards", at Laconia High School Gym. The Wizards provided a great evening of family entertainment. We were concerned with the bitter cold weather and it was cold. Brrrrr!, but alas, the hearty folks of the greater laconia area turned out to fill the LHS Gym and were treated to lots of laughs and tricks by the Wizards. The Laconia Brusiers, made up of area teachers, students and others proved to be great competition for the Wizards as well. Give the advantage to our female team members leading a challenge to a great Wizards team! They rocked and led our team, we almost beat them....ha!
The Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1, has so many, many folks to thank in helping our post make this event so successful, and only the flu prevented this letter from appearing earlier, so our apologies for the delay. So lets get started: the management and staff of the Marriot Town Place Suites for putting up the Wizards while they were in Laconia, Mr. Jim Chase, LHS AD; Jim was involved in many different ways, including putting the "Bruisers Team" together. The staff and students of the Laconia JAG Association; their involvement was so critical to our success, the custodial staff of LHS, for their assistance in set-up and of course the cleaning of the gym after the event, they were awesome! Both of our daily newspapers, (Laconia Daily Sun and The Citizen of Laconia); for their coverage and advance stories about our event, we could not have presented this event without your help. The staff of the Laconia basketball team, who allowed us in their gym while they tried to hold a practice (not easy when you have the Wizards in attendance...ha!). The Laconia PD, they keep checking on our event through out the evening and with 700 folks in attendance, we welcomed their appearance at the game. The folks at Patricks Pub for providing a great meal to the Wizards, and in addition as a ticket outlet for the game; thank you Alan and Jeff. Our good friends at All My Life Jewelry in downtown Laconia, who always support the Legion by selling tickets to all of our events; thank you Randy, Sue and Charlie.
Last and not the least, our members of the Post and their family's that also came out in the very cold weather, to help us sell food for our guests; the JAG members for selling the Wizards basketballs, etc. The list could go on & on; so many folks to say "Thank You" to. . . but the biggest "Thank You", goes out to the citizens of the greater Laconia area for coming out on a cold Wednesday evening to help the Legion raise funds for our scholarship funds. The Legion awards at least seven scholarships each year to our area students as they go forward in their adventure of a better education. The Legion works very hard at raising these funds all year long. Our next project will be hosting the Kelly-Miller Circus at Memorial Park Field on July 5th and 6th as another scholarship fund raiser. Hopefully, we will see you all their!. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your support!
Toby Knowelton, Commander
Don R. Vachon, Chairman of Special Events
Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1