By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The Laconia Rod and Gun Club donated $1,000 to the Recycled Percussion Foundation on Friday, in support of the organization’s program to supply underprivileged children with school supplies.
“It’s not very often that a charity gives to another charity,” said Nick Hanks, the Rod and Gun Club’s entertainment chairman, but he said his nonprofit organization found the Recycled Percussion Foundation to be a perfect match.
The foundation, originally named the Legacy X Foundation, is another nonprofit group, founded by Justin Spencer, creator of the “junk rock music” group, Recycled Percussion, which is based in Manchester. The foundation’s mission is “to create an environment where people feel safe, accepted and have a sense of belonging, by providing positive solutions to negativity.” It focuses on counseling to overcome bullying and innovative training programs.
Hanks said the Rod and Gun Club also focuses on children. For 27 years, the club has held an annual Santa Jam where it collects monetary donations as well as products to sell at a live auction, followed by live band performances. The money is used to fill the needs of underprivileged children as well as assisting the elderly. The club buys clothes, toys, and gifts for the holidays.
The morning after the Santa Jam, the club holds a Breakfast With Santa, where children receive free breakfasts and adults can eat for a $5 donation.
Hanks, who recently assumed the position of entertainment chairman, contacted Recycled Percussion about performing, but a scheduling conflict prevented the band from coming at that time.
“When I looked at what they’re doing for the children, I saw that they support the exact same causes we do,” Hanks said. “It’s all about kids and the community. So I proposed donating the maximum of the money donated to us by Dunkin’ Donuts, and the club agreed unanimously. We’re two completely different organizations doing the same thing for a good cause.”
The Rod and Gun Club also holds a Kids Fishing Derby, is host for the Robbie Mills Tournament, and also holds events for breast cancer research, Hanks said.
“It’s all about giving. We’re much more than a place to smoke and drink,” Hanks said, adding that they are accepting new memberships and offer something to do virtually every day. There are dart tournaments, shuffleboard, karaoke, and other events, as well as opportunities to watch sports on a large-screen television.
The club also is available for special functions.
He summed up their charitable focus by saying, “Every child deserves to have good clothes and fun.”
Susan Cote Ennabe, Justin Spencer of Recycled Percussion, Nick Hanks, Heather Abbott, Linda Pinard (front), and Ryan Vezina of Recycled Percussion gather for a photo following the Laconia Rod & Gun Club’s donation of $1,000 to the band’s Chaos and Kindess effort. (Courtesy photo)