To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia Sachems Friends of Football, a parent organization dedicated to supporting the Laconia High School Sachems Football Team through fundraising, is asking local businesses to be aware of a potential scam.
The Laconia Friends of Football conduct several fundraising activities throughout the year to provide money to supplement the Laconia High School Athletic Department. These funds are used to purchase such items as helmets, pads, practice gear, game uniforms, and other equipment necessary to run a successful football program in the incredible Bank of New Hampshire Stadium at the Laconia High School.
Very recently, a concerned longtime supporter of the Laconia Friends of Football contacted the Board of Directors to make us aware of a solicitor who contacted the business owner directly and skillfully represented themselves as working with the Laconia Friends of Football. The caller made claims of selling "exclusive" advertising in the football program book, produced by the Friends of Football each season. The solicitor stated his company was called "New Start Media, LLC" of Davenport, Iowa, that is working directly with the Laconia Friends of Football. A quick internet search for this company turns up several pages of scam warnings and pending lawsuits against this company operating under various other aliases.
The Laconia Friends of Football is not working with any professional marketing or solicitation company for any services. We are a proud parent organization and are all local community members and business owners. We are your friends and neighbors and can typically be seen at any home (and away) Sachems football game. We are a completely volunteer organization the sole purpose of which is to provide funding to ensure the safety and welfare of our student athletes as they participate in the Laconia High School Football Program.
We do hold several fundraising events throughout the year and will typically visit a potential donor business or individual in person. Many business owners who have supported the program for many years know us, even before we speak as to why we are visiting their establishment wearing Laconia Sachems apparel and carrying the customary donation letter and a proud smile.
For those who have supported us over the years, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and appreciate your committed dedication to our program.
If you have any questions regarding this possible scam, please contact a member of the Board of Directors for Laconia Friends of Football. Board members are listed on our website www.laconiafriendsoffootball.com.
Laconia Sachems Friends of Football
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