Motorcycle Raffle Raises Funds for Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region
Laconia Harley-Davidson is commemorating the 90th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle week by launching a campaign to raise $30,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region.
Laconia Harley has donated a one-of-a-kind, customized 2013 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle which will be raffled off to support the Lakes Region organization.
Only 3,000 tickets will be available and can be purchased for $10 a piece at laconiaharley.com, at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Laconia Harley-Davidson and White Mountain Harley-Davidson.
In the last four years, Laconia Harley-Davidson has raised $125,000 in support of New Hampshire nonprofits including the Loon Preservation Society, the New Hampshire Food Bank, and The Winnipesaukee Playhouse.
Anne Deli (Owner, Laconia Harley-Davidson) says: “As a local business, we look forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of Laconia Motorcycle Week visitors each year.
“The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region hosts a more important constituency each day – our children. This is an opportunity to own a piece of history while empowering a well-deserving local nonprofit that influences so many young lives.”
The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region (BGCLR) was formally chartered in 2007 but its roots go back to community leaders who banded together in the late 1990’s to create a safe place for area teens. Today BGCLR serves 240 members from across the region, by providing a safe and comfortable atmosphere to learn and grow during out-of-school hours.
Led by caring professional staff, BGLCR’s members are provided with life-enhancing programs and character development experiences that assist in their ability to grow and develop into productive, responsible and caring adults. BGCLR relies on local businesses to support the programs that provide a safe and healthy environment for teens and kids.
Cheryl Avery (Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region Executive Director) says: “Laconia Harley-Davidson’s donation is one of the single largest gifts we have ever received.
“This gift will enable us to do so much for the youth of our community. In particular it will support our summer program, which exposes kids to the beauty and recreation of the Lakes Region while instilling a sense of personal and environmental responsibility. We are here for kids throughout the Lakes Region, especially for those who need us most. The simple act of buying a $10 raffle ticket can make an incredible difference.”
The 2013 Harley-Davidson Street Glide will feature customized artwork by legendary pinstripe artist and Candia, New Hampshire resident Russ Mowry. Mowry has been making his mark on the motorcycle world since 1958 and is renowned for the unique detailing he applies to motorcycles. He has hand-painted hundreds of motorcycles from Sturgis to Daytona and was recently given a lifetime achievement award by Willie G. Davidson, son of former Harley-Davidson president William H. Davidson and head of Harley-Davidson’s Willie G. Davidson Product Development Center.
Russ Mowry says: “This is a very special bike for a very special purpose. I am honored to be a part of the 90th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week and offer my talents to support this cause.”
Mowry will use a thousand year old technique of hand-spun gold leaf for the “Laconia Motorcycle Week 90 Years Strong” design on the front of the Street Glide. The iconic Boys & Girls Club logo will be hand-painted on one side saddle and the Laconia Harley-Davidson logo will adorn the other.
Mowry, whose inspiration drives his artwork, will also include other subtle, yet-to-be-determined details throughout the motorcycle. While the design will be distinctive it will not dominate the bike.
Russ Mowry says: “My philosophy is the chrome does the shouting and the pin striping does the whispering.”
Second and third place winners will receive a $500 and $100 gift card respectively, good at Laconia Harley-Davidson or White Mountain Harley-Davidson.
Tickets are on-sale now at laconiaharley.com, Laconia Harley-Davidson, White Mountain Harley-Davidson or the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. Tickets will also be sold throughout Laconia Motorcycle Week from June 8 – 16.