Laconia Harley-Davidson donates motorcycle for theater benefit raffle

Publish Date: 
Jun 7, 2012

Representatives from Laconia Harley-Davidson joined Lakes Region Harley owners, New Hampshire Commissioner for Cultural Resources Van McLeod, supporters of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and actors portraying William Shakespeare and Don Quixote as Laconia Harley-Davidson announced the donation of a 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle that will be raffled off to support the expansion of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s Meredith campus. Pictured, from left, are Christopher Boothby, Winni Playhouse board chairman, Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson and Van McLeod, commissioner of NH Department of Cultural Resources.

 

Laconia Harley-Davidson has announced a summer-long effort to raise $25,000 to support theater arts in New Hampshire and the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

Representatives from Laconia Harley-Davidson joined Lakes Region Harley owners, New Hampshire Commissioner for Cultural Resources Van McLeod, supporters of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and actors portraying William Shakespeare and Don Quixote as Laconia Harley-Davidson announced the donation of a 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle that will be raffled off to support the expansion of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s Meredith campus.

Laconia Bike Week will kick off ticket sales that will extend through the summer, with 2,500 tickets offered for $10 each. The dealer says 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s renovation efforts.

“The Winnipesaukee Playhouse greatly appreciates the generosity of Laconia Harley-Davidson in making this gift to our Capital Campaign,” said Christopher Boothby, Winni Playhouse board chairman. “Not only will it raise $25,000 toward the construction of our Mainstage Theatre, but the amount will be matched by our ongoing $1 million matching challenge. We hope Laconia Harley-Davidson’s gift will inspire other community businesses and individuals to get involved with the playhouse and help make our Meredith Campus the number one destination for performing arts and arts education in the Lakes Region year-round.”

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is a nonprofit organization that develops and stages professional and community-based theatrical productions and provides opportunities in theater and the performing arts for the community.

Over the past three years, Laconia Harley-Davidson has raised nearly $100,000 in support of New Hampshire nonprofits including the Loon Preservation Society and the New Hampshire Food Bank.

“Since Anne and her husband Steve purchased Laconia Harley-Davidson they have been strong supporters of New Hampshire’s tradition of Bike Week, and strong contributors to their community. This campaign to raise funds for The Winnipesaukee Playhouse again demonstrates the Delis’ and Laconia Harley-Davidson’s commitment to our people and our state,” said New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. “We are again looking forward to a great Bike Week and this is an excellent way to kick off a wonderful New Hampshire tradition.”

The playhouse was founded in 2004 with the vision of bringing quality arts and arts education to The Lakes Region. The theater has become a cultural gem in the area, winning both critical acclaim and becoming an important outlet for the performing arts in central New Hampshire.

“The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is a unique regional asset, providing year-round value to the entire community – educating children, preserving cultural heritage and strengthening the local economy,” said Anne Deli, co-owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. “We believe it is important to support nonprofits, especially those who are as driven as the Winnipesaukee Playhouse and we hope this donation enables the Playhouse to take one step closer to completing their campus renovations.”

She presented official Laconia Harley-Davidson Laconia Bike Week T-shirts to Governor Lynch and Commissioner McLeod to commemorate the start of Bike Week. Hundreds of thousands of riders from across the country and Canada are expected to attend the nine-day rally.

The public can support the Winnipesaukee Playhouse and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2012 Harley-Davidson® Street-Glide® by visiting www.laconiaharley.com.

Laconia Harley-Davidson press release posted by Holly Wagner

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