To The Daily Sun,
When the reduction of federal funds for fuel assistance was announced in the fall of 2010, six friends discussed how they might lend a helping hand to their neighbors. A fundraising committee was formed and included members from Meredith, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough. Today the committee has expanded to 14 members. Thus, the Turn Up the Heat fuel fundraiser originated.
Raising $10,000 was the goal set to be divided evenly among the towns of Meredith, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough. Through the generosity of local businesses, civic and community organizations, donations from individuals, and those who attended the thank you event that goal became a reality. That same goal was set for the next annual events with even more support from the local community and beyond.
On Monday, Feb. 6, the sixth annual February Fuel Raiser thank you event will be held in the Oval Room at Church Landing, Meredith. Musical entertainment will be donated by Geoff Cunningham. Committee members include Sandy Condojani, Jeanie Forrester, Carol Gerken, Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, Tuffy Hamblet, Jodie Herbert, Bonnie Hunt, Terry Jutton, Diane Lane, Barbara Lauterbach, Renee Speltz, Sandy Sullivan, Jacki Taylor, and Cyndi Troop.
Major sponsors include Altrusa International Club of Meredith, Bank of New Hampshire, The Common Man, Bob and Sharon Cormier, DAK Financial, E.M. Heath Inc., Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante, Chip and Wendy Harris, Inns & Spa at Mill Falls, Lovering Volvo, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Meredith Rotary Club, Miracle Farms Landscaping, Municipal Resources, Inc., New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Pemi Glass, The Shamrock Companies, and Justin and Courtney Van Etten.
For those wishing to make a donation, please make checks payable to: Latchkey Charities, (a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization), and mail to P O Box 176, Meredith, NH 03253. Donations are tax-deductible.
The committee is already planning next year's event and hopes to increase the goal for our neighbors in need for 2018.
Carol F. Gerken, Volunteer
Turn Up the Heat Planning Committee
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