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Close to 600 children receiving healthy groceries via Got Lunch! Laconia

To The Daily Sun,

With all the crazy things going on in this world, the people of Laconia can be proud of the way this community works together, cares about one another and makes things happen.

Five years ago this community had around 67 percent of our children qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunches during the school year and going without nutritious food during the summer months. In that first year with the amazing support of the Children's Auction, Kiwanis and the Laconia Rotary somehow the vision of a small group of people came together and GOT LUNCH! Laconia was born. More than 300 children were given healthy food to eat that first for the summer.

2015 is the fifth year of a program that has helped many children and families. This year close to 600 children are receiving healthy groceries each week because of the generosity of many, both financially and in giving of their time. Today GOT LUNCH! Laconia wants to say thank you to all those business and major donors who have made this program possible:

WLNH Children's Auction, Irwin Marine, VISTA Foods, Franklin Savings Bank, The Bank of New Hampshire, LRGH Nursery Guild, The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and The Congregational Church of Laconia. Without these organizations continued generous support our work would be much, much harder.

Of course these eight organizations alone do not make the program successful. It's the support of so many individuals and other organizations pulling together to make a difference. Each week approximately 75 volunteers gather in the Church Hall of the Congregational Church of Laconia to pack and deliver healthy groceries to more than 290 families in Laconia. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this amazing community effort. It's a fun and productive way to start the week. (Monday mornings 8:15-9:15)

Thank You To All

GOT LUNCH! Laconia

Advisory Board

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6th Heather's Ride raised $11,000 for Boston Children's Hospital

To The Daily Sun,

"Friends 4 Eva" and the Harris Family wish to extend their deepest appreciation to all of our many supporters. Thanks to your efforts, we raised over $11,000 from our recent sixth annual Heather's Ride on July 11. The proceeds go directly to Boston Children's Hospital — Heather Siebert Patient Support Fund. This fund assists patients and their families with expenses not covered by insurance including those associated with allowing parents to be with their children during frequent hospitalizations. This fund has already helped many, many families.

Not only did we have 120 motorcycles, we had a large number of non-motorcyclist participants who enjoyed music by the local band The Tim & Dave Show during an old-fashioned cookout sponsored by Laconia Harley-Davidson, followed by ice cream courtesy of Ben & Jerry's for dessert. The State Police-escorted ride covered 120 miles through the White Mountains and over the Kancamaugus Highway. Riders enjoyed discovering back roads and covered bridges with beautiful weather.

The crowd enjoyed the chance to win Red Sox tickets as well as numerous other prizes. All prizes were donated–thank you!

Please take the opportunity to acknowledge and patronize the following businesses and individuals that were so generous in supporting our event (many of them every year):

Tom Siebert & Family (Siebert and Company Inc.), New England Gas Systems, Wiggin Hydroseed, Winchester, N.H., Jim and Janet Scott-RAWZ Natural Pet Food, American Legion Riders Association, Mary and Bill Lambert and family, Harold Lutz, Donald and Julia Harris, Jon and Debbie Peaslee, Frase Electric, Scott's Landscaping Inc., R.A. Dunlap & Son Inc., Lindsey Piccioli, Kenny Demerchant, Jon and Tina MacConnell, Jim and Sue Drouin, Jaime and Michelle Goncalves, E.L. Harvey and Sons, Denise Burgess, Phil and Hannah Hayes, South Street Welding, Jeff and Raina Santucci.

Also, Jim and Alison Norton, Sheryl Wright, Paul Petrycki - ServPro of Medford, Alexei and Irina Shvilkin, Laura Gauthier, Liz Greenleaf, Brian Lutz, Brian Sutherland and family, Brad and Lynne Leighton-Overhead Door Options, Eileen Baker, Scott Holman, Amanda Peaslee, Barbra Romano, Mike and Lori Hamilton, Bob and Fran Santucci, Christine Chiaretta, Claire Hebert, Dean Dow, Norm and Denise Pilotte, Dina Oehley, Dayna Guldhaug, Kurt M. Dygert, Kim and Rita Buker, Warner and Alice Pynn, Kevin and Cheryl Riess, and Michele Vaillancourt-Ackroyd.

Product/Raffle Sponsors Include:

The Tim and Dave Show, Harts Turkey Farm, Funspot, Canobie Lake Park, Mills Falls, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, The Camp-Common Man, Castle in the Clouds, Grandview Motel & Cottages, T-Bones Restaurant, Jeff Long-Red Sox Tickets, E.M. Heath's, Big Cat Coffee (breakfast break), Gourmet Gift Baskets, Hannafords, Wine'ng Butcher, The Corner House Restaurant, Wine'ing Butcher, Dunkin Donuts, Progressive Insurance, Safeco Insurance.

And our premiere sponsor: Laconia Harley-Davidson.

Of course, if we missed anyone or if you made an anonymous donation–please know that we are very grateful and wish to extend our thanks.

For the forth time a $500 scholarship was awarded to a Hopkinton High School senior who qualified for the scholarship due to personal struggles to overcome medical challenges in order to graduate and pursue secondary education. Congratulations to Shae Feather — Hopkinton High School — Class of 2015.

For more information on "Friends 4 Eva" and Heather's Ride and a complete listing of sponsors as we know it, check out www.friends4eva.org and please plan to join us next year on July 9, 2016, for our 7th Annual Heathers Ride — lucky number seven.

Friends 4 Eva

and the Harris Family

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