Start your engines for the 7th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Run, June 9, 2013. The Official Kickoff for the 90th Anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week!
What started as a party and ride as a memorial tribute to deceased community leader Peter Makris, has 7 years later, turned into an important fundraiser for the Laconia Fire Department and the Easter Seals NH “Veterans Count” program, which aids active military and families, before, during and after deployment. To date, the ride has raised over $185,000.
In Laconia, it is all about “The Ride,” so the Peter Makris Memorial Run starts the week out right, providing hundreds of bikers an unusual opportunity to see all of the scenic lake without stop lights and traffic, thanks to the support of the State and local police. Saturday morning at 11 AM promptly–kick stands up! The Peter Makris Memorial Run celebrates the Rally’s 90th year and is again proud to raise the annual private funding needed for the Water Rescue Unit—an essential part of the services of the Laconia Fire Department.
“Our 78-year old resort sits on this 70-acre lake which is the center of our bustling recreational community,” says Cynthia Makris, President of the family-owned NASWA Resort and also of Laconia Motorcycle Week. “We recognize the importance of the Lake and the safety of those who enjoy it, and we are proud to support Fire Chief Ken Erikson and his ongoing efforts to develop his Water Rescue Team to serve and protect our residents and visitors.” The Peter Makris Memorial Fund has also added the Easter Seals New Hampshire, “Veterans Count” program as a beneficiary, to commemorate Makris’ service as a US Marine as the program assists returning servicemen and women and their families. Peter Makris was also instrumental in purchasing the original boat for the Laconia Fire Department Water Rescue team, so the event has particular significance since the city does not provide funding for this aspect of the Department’s services.
Registration, breakfast and line-up starts at the NAZBar & Grill, the Resort’s lakefront hot spot. Commemorative t-shirts with a logo designed by Harley Davidson artist, David Uhl, are included, along with a luncheon buffet, live music and all-day fun-filled party. A patriotic kick off with the Singing Trooper, Sgt. Dan Clark will start hearts pounding, followed by the blessing of the bikes.
When the run returns to the NASWA, the NAZBar & Grill rocks! This year the Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts Department will add a new twist to the bountiful lunch buffet. “We are enthused to be involved in the community and look forward to continuing the tradition of delicious and well-prepared food at the Peter Makris Memorial event!” says Patrick Hall, Program Coordinator. Specially prepared items will accompany the grill stations with the assistance of sponsor, InFusion Sales Group, a food service provider. Live music, raffles, “spirited” promotions and a silent auction create a full-out “Biker Boogie” with an option for guests to roll up their jeans and cool their toes in the Lake—with the Bruce Marshall Band—a favorite of the event–providing the live entertainment all afternoon.
Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure entrance to the buffets and if booking at the NASWA, you’re already “home”—but don’t wait or you might miss the ride! VIP “front of pack” registration is also available. Call 888-55-NASWA, 603-366-4341 or visit www.naswa.com for more information.
Posted by Sam Kanish