Every year for the past five, hundreds of dedicated bikers and a few hearty boaters have come out, rain or shine, to honor the memory of Peter Makris, proprietor of the NASWA Resort, community leader, avid US Marine “Leatherneck” motorcycle club member and boater. He left his mark, not only on the community he loved, but also on the hearts of many who loved him. The Sixth Annual Run and all-day rock ‘n roll party continues the tradition and benefits the Laconia Fire Department and US veterans.
“Our whole family is so grateful to our guests, friends and all the people who have joined in this celebration and way to ‘give back’ to our community!” says Cynthia Makris, who now runs the family business started by her grandparents over 77 years ago. “There is a lot of history behind this run and we know that bikers have big hearts and show it each year by joining in the fun and fund-raising! This has really become a favorite annual charity ride as well as the Official Kickoff for the Rally! ”
9 – 11 AM Breakfast and Registration
Bikes/boats meet at NASWA Resort (1086 Weirs Blvd, Laconia—downstairs at the NazBar & Grill) to receive arm bands, collectable T-shirt (designed by Harley Davidson licensed artist, David Uhl), drink chip and buffet gourmet breakfast. (Bikes gather at parking lot across the street, upper level; boats at NASWA docks.) NH Fire Brigade Bagpipers will play at the blessing of the bikes to kick off the run.
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Bikes and boats run around the lake; bikes are escorted by State Police and an antique fire truck for a “feet up” ride around Lake Winnipesaukee and return to NazBar & Grill. Priority docking for VIP & sponsors priority parking for VIP & sponsor bikes
1:30-2:30 PM – Buffet Gourmet Lunch for participants – live music by the Dan Lawson Band, Promo Girls, silent auction for collectibles and treasures, Budweiser, promotions and giveaways! Drawings and raffles for Prizes!
2:30 PM – The Party Rolls On and continues into the night!
Early registration, up to May 25, is available at NASWA Resort or online (through June 4) at www.naswa.com/peter_makris.htm, or by calling 603-366-4341. Onsite, event day registration is $55. VIP Registration is $75 to run front of the pack and receive reserved parking or docking, plus a $10 NASWA Gift Card.
Funds raised from the this event have continued the funding Makris helped start in 2004 when the Laconia Fire Department had no water rescue unit—which it direly needed to help safety efforts on the 70-acre lake. After the death of Mark Miller, a local paramedic who was attempting a rescue, Makris stepped to the plate with a $5,000 check and asked his fellow businesses around active Lake Winnipesaukee to do the same. Because of those early efforts, Laconia Fire Department has been a force in maintaining the safety of the Lakes Region.
The Easter Seals NH “Veterans Count” Program was added as a beneficiary as Makris was a US Marine veteran, sensitive to the growing needs of today’s US servicemen and their families.
Donations of raffle prizes, silent auction donations are welcomed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL 603-366-4341, or visit www.naswa.com, www.naswa.com/peter_makris.htm or see the NASWA Resort on Facebook.