Category Archives: Non-Profit News in the Valley

Will’s Red Coat Book Launch Event to Benefit Conway Area Humane Society

On Tuesday, April 25th at 7 p.m., the wait is over! New York Times bestselling author Tom Ryan is launching his new book, Will’s Red Coat, at the Kennett High School Auditorium in North Conway, New Hampshire. Tom will talk about his book, sign copies, and answer your questions. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Conway Area Humane Society.

Tickets for this event are $30 for a signed copy of Will’s Red Coat and a ticket to the event, $5 for each additional ticket as an add-on to the $30 book and ticket combo, $25.99 for each additional book at retail price, and ages 10 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at White Birch Books in North Conway Village. To order tickets, please stop in or call 603-356-3200.  For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com.

ABOUT WILL’S RED COAT

A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed,and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppylike zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST STEWARDSHIP: VALUING AND PROTECTING OUR TOURISM PRODUCT FOR THE FUTURE

On Wednesday, May 3,  please join Janice Crawford, MWVCC, Joseph Phillips, WMNF and Austin Bernier, National Forest Foundation for a Customer Service seminar on dispersing traffic amongst popular hiking destinations during peak tourist season. The seminar will take place at the North Conway Water Precinct from 1:00-4:00 pm. This seminar will help our front line representatives become more confident and knowledgeable about the forest and how best to make recommendations to our visitors based on hiking skill level, amount of time a visitor(s) wishes to spend in the forest, specific sites they wish to experience, etc.

We feel that this training will go a long way in providing superior customer service while at the same time relieving the pressure that many of our beautiful spots are experiencing thus protecting them for future visitation.

The seminar is FREE and a valuable resource for training.  If you cannot send a majority of your front line personnel, please send a few who can then train the rest of your staff.

For more information or to reserve your seat, call Lisa at 356-5701 ext 300.

1st Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run/Walk

waldorf forest 5kJoin community members for a day of family fun and adventure on Saturday, April 29th with the White Mountain Waldorf School in Albany, New Hampshire at their First Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run. After the races, explore the White Mountain Waldorf School’s 75-acre property, play in an all-ages obstacle course and cheer on your children during a Children’s Fun Run.

All ability levels and ages are welcome to participate in the event. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children with family discounts available. To register in advance and receive a free t-shirt, please visit RunReg.com/Waldorf-5k-trail-run before April 19th. Same-day registration is also available at 9:30am.

The 5k Race will begin at 10am and a Fun Run for children will follow at 11am. The all-ages obstacle course will be available throughout the event. For more information, call (603)-447-3168 or email rose@WhiteMountainWaldorf.org. Sponsorship opportunities for the race is also available.

The Fryeburg Academy Class of 2017 Presents Comedian Bob Marley

Bob Marley, Maine’s prized and well-known comedian, will return to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 30th to put on another hilarious performance! All proceeds from this event benefit the Fryeburg Academy Class of 2017 Project Graduation.

Marley’s brand of high-energy and offbeat observations of everyday life things has captured the minds of fans of all ages. From getting his own special on Comedy Central to appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Marley has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country. You don’t need to be a ‘Maine-iac’ to laugh yourself silly at Bob’s wicked funny antics.

Tickets for the event are $22 per person if ordered in advance and $25 per person on the night of the show. For more information about the event, visit the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center page or call the Fryeburg Academy at 207-935-9232.

About Fryeburg Academy’s Project Graduation

Fryeburg Academy Project Graduation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity, organized to provide a safe, chemical-free celebration for the students of the graduating class of Fryeburg Academy. Our goal is to promote cooperation and build community among the students, faculty and staff of Fryeburg Academy and the members of the communities served by the school.

“Dine To Donate” Fundraiser at Black Cap Grille For Carroll County RSVP

Dine at the Black Cap Grille in North Conway on Tuesday, March 28th from 5pm until closing for their “Dine to Donate” supporting Carroll County RSVP. The Black Cap Grille will donate a portion of the evening’s receipts to the program in support of mileage reimbursement for Carroll County RSVP’s Meals on Wheels and Medical Transportation Programs.  During your visit at the Black Cap Grille, be sure to participate in the 50/50 raffle and other excellent raffle items in support of this organization.


About Carroll County RSVP

Established in 1971, RSVP of Carroll County was created with support from Tri County CAP RSVP (Coos, Grafton and Carroll Counties) to continue the work of the Older Americans Act in creating programs for retirees. RSVP creates unique programs matching the diverse talents of volunteers with the specific critical needs of the nonprofit community. In 1974 RSVP of Carroll County separated from Tri County CAP and presently their sponsoring agency is the North Conway Community Center.


The Carroll County RSVP Mission 

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Carroll County is dedicated to developing meaningful opportunities for volunteers age 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding and significant service roles in communities and to work with community groups such as schools, libraries, food pantries, hospitals and disabled and low income elderly.

For more information on Carroll County RSVP and the event, visit http://www.carrollcountyrsvp.org/ or call 603-356-9331.

“Why Waldorf Works” Discussion at Jackson Library

The White Mountain Waldorf School faculty, staff, and parents invite you to join a discussion about the many benefits of a Waldorf Education. The “Why Waldorf Works” discussion  provides a detailed conversation behind the successes of children in Waldorf education systems and how a Waldorf education positively impacts families and communities in addition to the student.

The discussion will take place at the Jackson Library on Tuesday, March 28th from 5-7pm and is open to the public. The White Mountain Waldorf School welcomes your curiosity and questions and looks forward to meeting you!

About the White Mountain Waldorf School

Officially founded in 1984, the White Mountain Waldorf School is a nonprofit school, located on a 75 acre campus in Albany, NH offering programs from parent/infant, nursery and kindergarten, to elementary and middle school classes through Grade 8. We instill creativity and a desire for learning through an education that balances academic, artistic and practical life skills, fostering each child’s ability to think with clarity, feel with compassion and act with purpose and social responsibility in the world.

The White Mountain Waldorf School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration, and other school administered programs.

The White Mountain Waldorf School Mission

The White Mountain Waldorf School instills creativity and a desire for learning, cultivates social responsibility and personal integrity, and supports the home and greater community.

For more information about the event or the White Mountain Waldorf School,  visit  www.WhiteMountainWaldorf.org or call 603-447-3168. 

2017 Healthcare Scholarship Applications Now Available

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Applications are now available for Memorial Hospital’s annual scholarship fund, including the Memorial Hospital Scholarship; the Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program and the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County (VNHCH) Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award. The hospital’s scholarship awards are designed to support students in our community pursuing careers in health-related fields. The Memorial Hospital Foundation will once again offer a scholarship in honor of Miranda Leavitt for students with diabetes or who are studying healthcare, nutrition or exercise physiology.

The Scholarship program specifically seeks to assist those students within the hospital’s service area (towns served by SAU 9, SAU 13 and MSAD 72) who have already demonstrated the successful completion of part of a higher education degree. Adult learners returning to school, changing careers or seeking additional education are encouraged to apply. Students must be accepted into an accredited course of study in a health-related field on at least a half-time basis, and demonstrate successful completion of some earlier portion of their program of study. Each scholarship has its own criteria and interested students are encouraged to view the application online for specifics.

The  Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship is funded through the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund (MLDF), part of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. In honor of the daughter of Brenda and Rich Leavitt after whom Memorial’s diabetes center is named, this new scholarship supports the MLDF mission of providing education, outreach and resources for those in our community with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Miranda Leavitt passed away from complications of Type 1 diabetes at the age of 22.

The criteria for each scholarships to be awarded is as follows:

Memorial Hospital Scholarships (up to $4,500) – – The criteria for the Memorial Hospital Scholarship is a high school senior going into a health related field or college student in a health related field. The student must be from SAU 9, SAD 72 or SAU 13.  They can also be a son, daughter or grandson/daughter of an employee. The Memorial Hospital Scholarship also applies to employees who are attending college in a health related field.

Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award (up to $1,000) – Must be currently enrolled in an accredited health related field of study program. Must reside in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine.

Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program (up to $5,000) – Must be an employee or the relative of an employee of Memorial Hospital who is pursuing health related studies on a full time basis.

Memorial Hospital Volunteers Healthcare Studies Scholarship – (up to $1,000) – Must be a Kennett High School graduating senior pursuing healthcare studies.

Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship (up to $1,000) –  Awarded to a student residing in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine who either has type 1 or type 2 diabetes; or who is currently enrolled full time in college and is pursuing studies related to healthcare, nutrition, exercise physiology or health education.

Candidates must submit an application form online no later than May 12th. Only online applications will be considered. Awards are based on scholastic ability, applicable work experience, essay, and demonstrated financial needs.

The online application and more information are available online at Memorial Hospital’s website, www.memorialhospitalnh.org/scholarships.

To learn more about the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Memorial Hospital Foundation, visit them online or call 603-356-5461 ext.2264.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

Media Contact: Kathy Bennett, Vice President of Community Relations & Development
603-356-5461 ext. 2198

kbennett@memorialhospitalnh.org

2017 Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-a-Thon at King Pine

King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort is excited to announce the next beneficiary of Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held in East Madison, New Hampshire March 17-18, 2017. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Sanbornville, New Hampshire’s Faith Holt, an 11-year-old girl living with skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome. This year’s goal is to purchase Faith’s family a wheelchair accessible van.

cynthias-challenge3Faith’s Story 

Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap. Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility. Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when she was six-years-old. A wheelchair accessible van would be of incredible assistance to the Holt family to get Faith and his other children to their daily activities and appointments.

About The 2017 Event

cynthias-challengeKing Pine asks participants to donate $99 per person for 24 hours of skiing, snowboarding, and fun. This ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, a T-shirt, games, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night.  Kids ages 8 and under ski for free.

Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase for a chance to win a variety of fabulous prizes, including a Private Duck Tour of Boston donated by Boston Duck Tours, a Valley Train Guest Card for 2 adults and 2 children at the Conway Scenic Railroad, and the grand prize: 3 nights’ lodging in a one bedroom condominium in the Aspens at Jackson Hole Resort Lodging and 2 day lift tickets with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

About Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon

Now in its fourth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $131,000 to benefit children and their families. Starting in 2014, Cynthia Verrill was the first benefactor and resulted in her name being used to name the event. $35,000 raised for Cynthia was used to provide a seizure detecting service dog. The second year, the event raised over $35,000 for Samantha Gillard who was in need of a wheel chair accessible van and the third year raised $61,000 for Kevin Dall to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.

cynthias-challenge2Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to ease the financial burden upon children and their families associated with specialty medical needs. King Pine Ski Area supports Cynthia’s Challenge with the support of local business and the surrounding community.

 

For more information about the event, please call Purity Spring Resort at 603-367-8896 or visit https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/.

M&D Playhouse Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

M&D Playhouse is pleased to present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr., the third in our 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships.  This musical is presented by our Theater Arts Studio students and is directed by Mary Bastoni-Rebmann.

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Based on the original Broadway production that ran for 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awaards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice.  Book by Linda Woolverton.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self.  But time is running out.  If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is presented Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, March 16 – April 1 at Your Theater, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.

Enjoy food and beverages from our Culture Cafe during the performance.  The Cafe opens 45 minutes prior to the performance with light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and liquors available.

To reserve seats, please visit www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

2017 Chili Cook-Off and Feelin’ Good 5K Race

Saturday, April 8th is the time to shake off the winter chills and join us for a fabulous foodie event to kick off our Spring season here in Mt Washington Valley! There will be plenty of chili and cornbread to keep you fueled for a day of fun, festivity, and a 5K race, plus North Conway Village shopping and the event’s  Red Hot Stops where you can find treats and shopping deals.

chili-5k-logoThis is the first year of the Feelin’ Good 5k Race through the White Mountain Milers. Burn some calories before indulging in chili and cornbread samples at the Cook-Off and explore beautiful North Conway Village by running or walking in the race! The race kicks off at Schouler Park in North Conway at 9:30am, where participants will race around the village and near Cranmore Mountain, finishing back at the park. Awards will be given to the top three overall runners and walkers.

The Feelin’ Good 5K is open for registration through White Mountain Milers and the RunReg website. The Race Fee is $35 per person and includes your entry to the Chili Cook-Off, access to the After Party at Abenaki Trail Restaurant, and store discounts at the Red Hot Stops.

Event Schedule:
  • 8:00AM – 5K Registration/Bib pick up
  • 9:15AM – 5K Registration tent is closed
  • 9:30AM- 5K Race begins
  • 10:45AM – Race Award Ceremony
  • 11:00AM – Chili Cook-Off Doors open 
  • 3:00 PM – Chili Cook-Off Ends
  • 4:00PM – Chili Cook-Off After Party & Award Ceremony

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About the Annual Chili Cookoff

Hosted by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chili Cook-off has featured the culinary creations of professional chefs, individuals, local organizations, and nonprofits for many years. What started with just a few vendors has now grown to more than 40 vendors. Hundreds of hungry chili fans will fill The Village of North Conway tasting the best of the Valley’s chili recipes.

The Many Ways to Enjoy the Day

chili-cookoffThere are so many ways to participate in the fun at the Annual Chili Cook-Off! Professional and non-professional chefs are welcome to register their team for their chance to win fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Chef registration is open and filling up fast! For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Chef Guidelines.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses to promote their brand. Sponsorship packages vary in cost and exposure and there are packages available for nonprofits. For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Sponsorship Packages document or contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

chili-cookoff2In this event, ticket holders are judges, too! In purchasing tickets and sampling many delicious chili and cornbread recipes, ticket holders are in control of the “People’s Choice” vote. Ticket holders will receive three different colored tickets for use as ballots – one for Best Chili, one for Best Cornbread, and one for Best Display of Theme.

Event Tickets and More Information

Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $15 for adults and $7 for children, with free admission for children under 3. Interested parties may purchase Early Bird tickets by contacting the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and tickets will be available on the day of the event for the same prices at the ticket booth.

There are lodging package agreements available for interested lodging properties in the area as well. Contact the Chamber for more information.

For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org, call the Chamber at (877) 948-6867 or (603) 356-5701 or email Visitor Services at visitor@mtwashingtonvalley.org.

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AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports SPRINGFEST (Ski-A-Thon)

Join us on Saturday, March 11 for SPRINGFEST, AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports’ biggest fundraiser of the year here in the Mount Washington Valley! This all-day event at Wildcat Mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire includes a Ski/Ride-A-Thon, an Après Ski Party with a buffet, silent auction, raffle,  and prizes, all to benefit AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports and the community it serves.

abilityplusHere’s how the Ski/Ride-A-Thon at SPRINGFEST works:

1. Register for the event. The registration cost for non-season pass holders is $75 and includes a lift ticket, entrance to the Après Ski Party, a registration bag, a t-shirt, and a raffle ticket. For Attitash/Wildcat Season Pass holders, the registration cost is $35 and includes the same benefits as a non-season pass holder registration.

For those that want to register as a team, the fee is $250 for a team of four people. For those who want to only attend the Après Ski Party, entrance is $20 per person.

2. Start your own FirstGiving Fundraising Page and begin accepting donations! There are fantastic prizes for individual fundraisers, with prizes starting at $250. For more information,
visit https://www.firstgiving.com/abilityplus/spring-fest.

3. Attend the Ski-Bid-Party! Check in at 8:30am on March 11th at the Jackson Room located on the top floor of the Wildcat Base Lodge. Enjoy skiing and other festivities, including making bids in the silent auction until 2:45pm.

Food will be served at 3pm in the Jackson Room on the top floor. The menu consists of:

  • Maple Chipotle Chicken Wings
  • American Chop Suey,
  • Braised Meatballs with Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Garden Salad with Blueberry Mead Viaigrette
  • Sausage with Peppers, Onions, and Potatoes
  • Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese
  • Chili with Shredded Cheddar
  • Potatoes AU Gratin

For more information about SPRINGFEST, call 603-374-2688  or visit the AbilityPLUS website at www.abilityplus.org.

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About AbilityPLUS

AbilityPLUS serves a diverse population of individuals, from people with severe physical disabilities to people with autism, across the spectrum. AbilityPLUS and each of their affiliate programs are open to everyone. They teach and work with people regardless of their age, disability or financial constraints.

Since their founding in 1997, programs have grown from working with a handful of families and individuals to providing thousands of program lessons to hundreds of families and individuals each year. They have adaptive ski programs that operate out of Mount Snow, Vermont and in Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire with partnership and affiliate programs throughout New England.

The AbilityPLUS Mission

To offer increased access to athletic and recreational opportunities for persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities that will create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, mental and athletic potential.

 

Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon To Benefit the New England Ski Museum

Bretton Woods Nordic Center in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire welcomes skiers of all experience levels and ages to their Nordic Marathon on Saturday, March 11th. The marathon is to benefit non-profit organization the New England Ski Museum and their mission to “Preserve the Future of Skiing’s Past.” bretton-woods-and-new-england-ski-museum

The marathon welcomes both recreational and competitive skiers and provides timed and untimed racing options for a fun-filled event for people of all skiing interests. Race participants range in age from 11 to 83; with a two lap course and rest stations. The course layout provides a challenge to experienced racers while making use of terrain that is accessible and enjoyable for skiers of all abilities.

While early registration deadlines have passed, interested participants may still register by contacting the Bretton Woods Nordic Center or by visiting their SkiReg registration page here.  On-site registration is also available depending on whether the 400-participant limit has been reached. The marathon event fee includes entrance to the Apres-ski awards, meal and raffle held in the Mount Washington Hotel, a trail pass for March 10th, and feed stations. All proceeds benefit the New England Ski Museum. The first 300 skiers to register will receive a free SWIX hat as compliments of Audi Stratham and the first 100 entrants will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks at bib pick-up.

Sorry, no refunds for any reason, however you may move yourself between distances and timed/untimed at no charge; and you may transfer to another individual within your fee category for $25.

About The History of the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon

bwoodsStaged between the historic Mount Washington Hotel and majestic Mount Washington, the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort has quickly become a North Country winter tradition.  This 42-kilometer, classic format, cross country ski race showcases one of the largest Nordic systems in the northeast.  In the tracks of the famed 1982 US National Championships and such legends as Bill Koch and Tim Caldwell, this race is steeped in history and Nordic skiing tradition. Past winners include Olympians Justin Freeman (2010, 2011) and Dorcas Wonsavge (2009, 2010) and top collegiate racers. 

For more information about the event, including the event schedule and prices, please visit http://brettonwoods.com or by calling 603-278-3322.