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Santa Fund joined forces to do some incredible things for children

To The Daily Sun,

As a board member of The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region and a member of The Downtown Gym family I would like to thank some people that are amazing in giving back to our community.

This year Real Life Training, The Downtown Gym, and the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region joined forces to do some incredible things for the kids of the Lakes Region.

Firstly, we formed a Pub Mania team in the spring, Real Downtown Santas and begun to participate in the weekly Pub Mania Shuffles at Patrick's Pub in Gilford. We continued this into the fall and did quite well with support from several gym members, Santa Fund members, friends and family. The culmination was participation in Pub Mania 2016 last week.

I would like to personally thank our co-captains Trish Tryon and Lisa Cornish and Pubmaniacs Lisa Green-Barber, Elizabeth Brothers, Tami Horan, Christine Ryan, Marie Monier, Alice Mowery, Jennifer Fielders, Tim Martin, Mike and Dawn Phelps, Kim and Scott Lacasse, Kathy Crane, Jenn Desjardins, Brandee Loughlin, Chris McCarthy, Dennis Phelps, Katie Pierson, Kate Fox, Janine Page and Eric Grennell for their amazing contributions of time and money raised. You guys rocked it! I would also like to thank all of our gym family members who supported us with their donations to team members and/or their purchase of ornaments. Team members are already looking forward to 2017.

A second event happened on Monday, Dec. 12. Again the Santa Fund and The Downtown Gym collaborated to ring the bell in downtown Laconia for the Salvation Army, complete with a pop up, snappy music and dancing to collect funds. Although the weather started out challenging I think it proved to be an entertaining and profitable day. Special thanks to Andrea Condodemetraky, Johanna and Mark St. Gelais, Trish Tryon, Janine Page, Cristen Casarano and her talented dancing daughter Victoria, Hilirey Makely, Chris McCarthy, Jamie Caldwell, Sue Noyes, Lisa Green-Barber, Katie Pierson and Kathy Crane for taking time to stand and ring the bell. You were all amazing and have helped to make it a brighter holiday for all.

Lastly, I would like to wish this community the best of health and happiness in the coming year. My hope is that our little city on the lakes thrives in 2017 and that we make it the best it can be. Cheers!

Janet Brough
Santa Fund Board Member

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LRGH Nursery Guild proud to have donated over $6,000 in 2016

To The Daily Sun,

As another year is coming to an end, it's a time to reflect. Without our members who continue to give their time and effort to our worthy cause, without our consignees who bring in their items to sell and without our shoppers, who continue to turn out for our boutiques, what we do each year would not be possible. It truly takes everyone to do what we do. The LRGH Nursery Guild is proud to be able to donate over $6,000 to the following agencies/organizations in 2016:

Got Lunch! Laconia, Franklin Head Start, St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry & Angel Fund, Santa Fund, Twin Rivers Food Pantry-serving the Tilton, Northfield, Sanbornton & Franklin communities, St. Joseph Food Pantry-serving the Belmont & Canterbury communities, New Beginnings Women's Shelter, Laconia Police Department Family Fund and Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund-serving the Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich communities.

Thank you everyone for your continued support.

LRGH Nursery Guild Board Members
Shannon Allain, president; Deb Fay, vice president; Lea Miner, vice president;
Karen Mudgett, secretary; Kim Caldwell, treasurer

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