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Cast of many pitched in to help WOW Fest raise $22k for WOW Trail

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the WOW Trail Board, I would like to thank all involved in making the 5th Annual WOW Fest our best event yet, raising over $22K for the WOW Trail. It was a perfect day for people to get out and bike, run or walk and celebrate outdoor recreation while supporting the continued expansion of the WOW Trail.

We are grateful for our generous sponsors listed below and ask that you help us thank them through support of their businesses. In particular, we thank our Presenting Sponsor, Bank of New Hampshire, for their continued support of the WOW Trail.

FESTIVAL SPONSORS: Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Fratello's Italian Grille, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Rowell's Sewer & Drain, T-Bones Great American Eatery, Taylor Rental, The Common Man, Tritanium Sports.

EVENT SPONSORS: Awakening Chiropractic, Amoskeag Beverages, Binnie Media, Bodycovers, Gail Beane Graphic Artist, Meadowbrook Bank of NH Pavilion, Salmon Press, Shaw's of Gilford, Subway, The Citizen of Laconia, The Laconia Daily Sun, The Weirs Times.

TRAIL SPONSORS: Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, Big Cat Coffees, Contigiani's Catering Service, Cross Insurance, Franklin Savings Bank, Gator Sign Shop, Hackleboro Orchards, H&M Towing, HEB Engineers, Lakes Region Coca Cola, Lakes Region Triathlon Club, MC Cycle & Sport, Matthew J. Lahey, Esq., MetroCast, Performance Health,Stephen J. Smith & Associates, The Home Depot, Tilton Veterinary Hospital, Tylergraphics.

A big thank you to our 90 volunteers that gave their time and worked to make this event run smoothly for the participants. We would also like to thank Kathleen Merriam, David Stamps and Lakes Region CERT, Capt. Matt Canfield and the Laconia Police Department, Laconia Public Works Department, Kevin Dunleavy and Laconia Parks & Recreation and especially the Laconia Fire Department for their help and participation to include the raising of the flag and leading the walk with their team.

We would also like to recognize Catherine Martinez of Alton for joining us to sing the National Anthem and Judi Taggart and Michael Gagnon for photographing the event.

Special acknowledgement goes to our Team Challenge winners:
— WOW What A Team! (most participants) – Awakening Chiropractic
— WOW Green ($$$) Team! (most money raised) – Patrick's Pub & Eatery, with special recognition going to fundraisers, Debbie Herrington and Vinnie Boulanger
— WOW You Look Good! ("best dressed") – Laconia Fire Department
— WOW 5K Cup! (fastest 3 5K runners) – Awakening Chiropractic
— WOW 10K Cup! (fastest 3 10K runners) – Patrick's Pub & Eatery
These businesses and their patrons really step it up for this event and we appreciate it.

Lastly, I would like to thank the WOW Fest Committee. This group puts in countless hours to make it all happen, demonstrating their commitment to the WOW Trail project: Tom & Lori Oakley, Festival Directors; Allan Beetle, Marketing & Sponsorship; Roy Cuddahy & Tony Limanni, Bicycle Challenge Directors; Jamie Poire, Race Director; Ann Saltmarsh, Walk Director; Jennifer Bailey, Registration Coordinator; Darcy Peary, Volunteer Coordinator; Jan Buitendag, Tritanium Sports; Suzanne Perley and Gretchen Gandini.

Thank you all for making WOW Fest '13 another great day for the WOW Trail.

Jennifer Beetle
WOW Trail Board
WOW Fest Event Director

 
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