Harley-Davidson raffle raises $30K for two local charities

MEREDITH — Thanks to Laconia Harley-Davidson’s Street™ 750 Charity Raffle, two New Hampshire nonprofits received $15,000 each in critical funding and two lucky New Hampshire motorcyclists each received one of Harley-Davidson’s hottest new bikes.

In raising $30,000 during the raffle, Laconia Harley-Davidson delivered $15,000 each to the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association (LWSA) in Gilford and David’s House in Lebanon. The LWSA is developing an adaptive sailing program to allow those with mental and physical disabilities to enjoy sailing’s therapeutic benefits. David’s House serves as a no-cost home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Laconia Harley-Davidson has raised $185,000 in the past six years in support of a number ofNew Hampshire nonprofits.

This year marks the first time Laconia Harley-Davidson has donated two motorcycles for its charity raffle. Raffle winners Arthur Brungot of Kingston, and Michael Boulanger, of Meredith, each won new Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 motorcycles – Harley’s much-anticipated new motorcycle featuring agile handling and blacked-out Harley-Davidson custom style. The Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle has previously benefited the Loon Preservation Society, the New Hampshire Food Bank, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region.

“We kicked off Laconia Motorcycle Week in style this year by providing riders with the first chance in New England to get a look at the brand new Street™ 750 motorcycle, while at the same time making an impact in our community,” said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. “We are thrilled to be able to deliver much-needed funding for these two fantastic nonprofits, who are both doing such meaningful work helping those in need. And we are equally pleased to be able to hand over two of Harley-Davidson’s hottest new motorcycles to our two lucky winners.”

Gov. Maggie Hassan helped kick-start Laconia Motorcycle Week and the Street 750 Charity Raffle by purchasing the first of 3,000 raffle tickets at a June State House event flanked by a dozen Harley riders and nonprofit volunteers.

“For the LWSA, the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle has evolved into a real partnership between unique entities,” said Tom Mullen, President of the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association. “Without benefactors like Laconia Harley-Davidson, we could never bring our unique programming to the folks that need our services. Laconia Harley-Davidson recognizes this fact and they consistently give back to the people of New Hampshire in many important ways. We are proud to be associated with this outstanding business.”