Laconia Harley-Davidson kicks off bike week with HOGs Against Hunger

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Laconia Harley-Davidson is trying to raise $30,000 for the New Hampshire Food Bank, part of an effort to end child hunger in New Hampshire.

The dealership launched the "HOGS Against Hunger" campaign on the capital steps with a donation of a 2010 Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle to the New Hampshire Food Bank, which will raffle it to help raise money for a Backpack program that sends nutritious food home from school with children on weekends.

Owner Anne Deli and her husband Steve took over ownership of the dealerships two years ago.

"Harley riders have always been known for their generosity, especially when it comes to giving to children," she told the Citizen. "When we purchased the Laconia and White Mountain Harley-Davidson dealerships in late 2008, our philanthropic goal was to support our community and our state in ways that make a meaningful difference."

Each year, the business picks a cause that helps make a difference to the quality of life for people in the state. The food bank provides food to more than 26,000 people throughout New Hampshire each week.

Gov. John Lynch was on hand for the launch, which also kicked off Laconia Bike Week.

"Anne and Steve truly understand that to be successful, a business certainly needs to take care of its customers and employees, but really successful businesses make a difference in their community," Lynch said. "They go out of their way to become part of the fabric of the community and make the difference in the lives of those people in the community in which they are located."

Tickets for the bike raffle are on sale from a tent at Bike Week.

Posted by Holly Wagner