Meredith, N.H.—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, which will be raffled off to support the Lakes Region organization. Only 3,000 tickets will be available, and they can be purchased for $10 each at www.laconiaharley.com, the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Laconia Harley-Davidson and also at White Mountain Harley-Davidson. Over 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.
“As a local business, we look forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of Laconia Motorcycle Week visitors each year,” said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. “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 ’90s 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 a 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.
“Laconia Harley-Davidson’s donation is one of the single largest gifts we have ever received,” said Cheryl Avery, executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. “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 in 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.
“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,” said Mowry.
Mowry will use a 1,000-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. “My philosophy is the chrome does the shouting and the pinstriping does the whispering,” said Mowry.
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 www.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.