To The Daily Sun,
When the reduction of federal funds for fuel assistance was announced in the fall of 2010, a small group of 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. Thus, the Turn Up the Heat fuel fundraiser was created.
Raising $10,000.00 in 2011 was the goal set to be divided evenly among the towns of Meredith, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough for fuel assistance for neighbors in need. Through the generosity of local businesses, donations from individuals, and those who purchased tickets to the event that goal became a reality. The goal for the next two years was the same with even more support from the local community and beyond.
On Monday, Feb. 9, the fourth annual Turn Up the Heat February Fuel Raiser thank-you event was held at Church Landing. Musical entertainment was donated by Geoff Cunningham. The committee is most grateful for the generous support of major sponsors: Altrusa International of Meredith, Bank of New Hampshire, The Common Man, Bob and Sharon Cormier, the Courtney Family Trust, DAK Financial, Dion's Plant Place & Landscaping, Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante, Chip & Wendy Harris, Home Comfort, Mill Falls at the Lake, Laconia Harley-Davidson, Lavinia's Restaurant, Lovering Volvo, Melcher & Prescott, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Meredith Rotary Club, Miracle Farms Landscaping, Municipal Resources Inc., New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, The Shamrock Companies, and Stewart's Ambulance Service.
The outcome was overwhelming with more than $22,000 raised. All three towns have shared the positive impact that these funds have provided for our neighbors as the need is great and growing.
Thank you to all who generously supported the fourth annual Turn Up the Heat February Fuel Raiser from committee members: Martha Billings, Sandy Condojani, Jeanie Forrester, Carol Gerken, Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, Tuffy Hamblet, Wendy Harris, Jodie Herbert, Bonnie Hunt, Terry Jutton, Diane Lane, Barbara Lauterbach, Renee Speltz, Jacki Taylor, and Cyndi Troop.
The committee is already working on next year's event and hopes to increase the goal for 2016.
Carol F. Gerken
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