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Mother's Day Carnation Sale is fundraiser for New Beginnings

To The Daily Sun,

It's time to honor the mothers in our lives with the most beautiful and carefully-crafted carnations from New Beginnings. Hand-wrapped, single carnations with greenery are available for $1.50, while hand-wrapped bouquets with greenery are available for $12.

Carnations may be purchased May 5 through May 7 at New Beginnings and other participating locations, and pre-orders may be placed today by calling 528-6511. Back for the 24th year, the Mother's Day Carnation Sale is one of New Beginnings' key annual fundraisers, with all proceeds benefiting survivors of domestic, sexual and stalking violence in Belknap County.

This event serves as a fundraiser and a great way to increase the visibility of New Beginnings and the need for services. Kathy Keller, executive director of New Beginnings-Without Violence and Abuse, explains, "Our Mother's Day Carnation Sale is also a key 'friend raiser', allowing us to raise funds and make new friends in the community."

By honoring mothers, New Beginnings also honors the roots of the Anti-Violence Against Women movement: a grassroots effort of women helping women to live violence-free lives and promote safer communities.

New Beginnings Mother's Day Carnation Sale brings together many caring community members, from the businesses that donate buckets for carnation preparation to the volunteers preparing, packaging and delivering the carnations to the restaurants and businesses. Local businesses such as Sundays Salon, Pat's Mobile, and Meredith Village Savings Banks also participate by allowing us to sell our carnations at their locations. All proceeds from these sales benefit the crisis intervention and support services offered by New Beginnings.

Nearly one in four women have been sexually assaulted in New Hampshire and at least a third of New Hampshire women have been physically assaulted by an intimate partner. New Beginnings-Without Violence and Abuse is a nonprofit organization committed to ending domestic, sexual, and stalking violence through service provision to victims, community education, and prevention work focused on breaking the generational cycle of violence. For more information about New Beginnings, its programs or to purchase carnations please contact the office at 603-528-6511.

Aileen Castillo

Development VISTA

New Beginnings – Without Violence & Abuse


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We thank all for support of Team Jameson Night at Holy Grail

To The Daily Sun,

Earlier this month, members of the Laconia Professional Firefighters Local 1153 hosted a Team Jameson Night at the Holy Grail of the Lakes restaurant in hopes of raising funds for our friend Kyle Jameson.

Kyle is a former live-in student of the Laconia Fire Department who now works for Hampton Fire and Rescue. Unfortunately, in April 2015, when Kyle received a routine fire department physical, his lab work was abnormal. Ultimately, Kyle was diagnosed with T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia. Kyle was 32 years old at the time and his wife was seven months pregnant with their first child. Currently, Kyle is a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where he just received a bone marrow transplant.

As one can imagine, the experience has been difficult for Kyle and his wife, both emotionally and financially. We held our fundraiser in hopes of alleviating some of Kyle's financial worries, so he can devote his energy to defeating his illness.

With that thought in mind, our Team Jameson Night raised more than $11,000 for Kyle and we could not be more appreciative for the outpouring of support that Kyle received from our entire community. The Laconia Professional Firefighters Local 1153 would like to thank everyone who attended our fundraiser.

We would also like to thank the following individuals and donors for their support of Kyle: A & B Locksmith, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, The NH Bassmaster - Jason Bean, Heidi Beaulac, Bergeron Protective Clothing, Body Works Cafe, Celebrities for Charities, Stacy Cusack Photography, Gunstock Mountain Resort, LaconiaFest, Matt Langley, The Manchester Monarchs Foundation, Gayle Miller, NASWA Resort, PFFNH Pipes and Drum Band, Steele Hill Resort, Sig Sauer Firearms, Tri-County Power Equipment, Tuckaway Tavern, Winnisquam Marine, Woodshed Roasting Company, and Yoga from the Heart.

We would especially like to thank the owner of Holy Grail of the Lakes, David Kennedy, for opening his restaurant to us, and for his generous donation. He and his entire staff were gracious hosts, and we are extremely grateful. We could not have done it without them.

We humbly thank you all for your support, thoughtfulness, and generosity.

Anyone who was unable to attend our fundraiser, but who still wishes to support Kyle may send donations in his name to: Professional Firefighters of Hampton, PO Box 118, Hampton, NH 03843.

Christopher P. Shipp, President

Laconia Professional Firefighters – Local 1153


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