To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia Conference of St. Vincent de Paul held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner on Monday, May 16. The dinner also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the conference. The affair was hosted and catered by Contigiani Catering Services at Peasant Ridge Country Club. The Contigiani's excellent cuisine and service was appreciated by all of the SVdP volunteers.
Approximately 160 current and past volunteers who staff and manage the conference's four programs — thrift store, food pantry, financial assistance program, and the Children's Foundation — attended the annual recognition of the volunteer service.
As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, such dedication is essential to the effectiveness and efficiency of St. Vincent de Paul in providing needed assistance to some many in the region. In its 25 years of existence, St. Vincent de Paul has never paid any wages or salaries; so more of our donations of clothing, furniture, and cash go directly for community support.
Five individuals received service awards: Jeanette Buckley, Jo Carignan, John Peavey, and Erika Johnson for 25 years of volunteer service, and Sue Page for 20 years of service.
Many Lakes Region vendors provided "door prizes" for a raffle. We wish to thank Fratello's, Local Eatery, Prescott Florist, Whittemore's Florist, Laconia Bakery, China Gardens, the Common Man organization, Home Comfort and Lavinia's in Center Harbor, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, T-Bones Restaurant, O's Steak and Seafood, the Faro Grill in Weirs Beach, Laconia Car Wash, China Garden, Laconia Village Bakery, O'du's Hair Salon, Court Street Salon, and Bootleggers for their wonderful generosity.
On behalf of these many volunteers and the people we serve, I offer our sincere appreciation to all in the Lakes Region who have supported us. Most of all, I extend my thanks to all the volunteers who have donated so many hours of their time for the benefit of the Lakes Region over our 25 years of service. Many thanks.
Erika Johnson, President
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
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