Since 1935, The NASWA Resort has been an integral part of the Lakes Region community. The Makris family feels a bond with those who frequent their property and restaurants and knows that giving back is the best way to show leadership and gratitude to the lovely community in which it has built a successful business and raised their family.
While the resort and its family members support many area charities, The NASWA has chosen several special causes for the focus of its charitable donations of time, money, and FUN-d raising events. Easter Seals, Veterans Count, and The Laconia Fire Department Life Saving Fund have a history with The NASWA Resort, built on respect, relationships, and a lot of love.
Peter Makris Memorial Ride and Run
Peter Makris was influential in the establishment of the Laconia Fire Department Life Saving Fund years ago when the need for a safety and rescue boat was demonstrated by the tragic loss of veteran firefighter Mark Miller. The community rallied around Makris’ initial generous donation and, to this day, the division is totally funded through publicly donated money. The Peter Makris Memorial Ride and Run began after his passing to commemorate his generosity and to continue the efforts of the Laconia Fire Department and the Life Saving Fund. Over $450,000 has been raised by this memorial boat ride and bike event, which takes place during Laconia Motorcycle Week, and enables the community to follow The NASWA Resort’s lead in providing for the safety of those who enjoy the beauty and recreational amenities of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Seven years ago, Veterans Count was added to commemorate Peter’s lifelong commitment to taking care of his fellow veterans. Veterans Count is a program of Easter Seals with a mission to provide critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members, and their families. The program exists to ensure their dignity, health, and overall well-being. The program began in 2006, when Easter Seals’ Board Member, Mike Salter presented the idea of combining public and private funding to provide comprehensive, emergency aid to veterans and their families when no other resource was available. Through a one of a kind Care Coordination model centered on highly skilled clinicians, meeting one-on-one with service members and their families and addressing critical issues while working toward developing long-term self-sufficiency, this program has flourished. Entirely volunteer-based, Veterans Count now has 4 chapters across the state of New Hampshire (in Nashua, Manchester, Seacoast and Lakes Region) and boasts almost 100 dedicated volunteers.
Click here to learn more about the Easter Seals NH “Veteran’s Count” Program which this run benefits.
Learn more here about this annual event, and download your registration form!
“We are grateful for the popularity The NASWA enjoys and wanted to work with an organization that serves more than just our neighborhood. We wanted the benefits to extend across the State of New Hampshire and also across age and demographic lines,” says General Manager Cynthia Makris, who serves on the Board for Easter Seals. Since Easter Seals (Easter Seals – New Hampshire) helps people through the whole lifecycle, with a broad range of services for everyone, from disadvantaged children to veterans, to adults with disabilities and the elderly, it offered the perfect match for The NASWA family and its family of guests.
The Land & Lake Poker Run, presented by HK Powersports, has been an event that not only raises money but raises the summer fun level for Laconia since 2000! We have raised over $1.58 million for Easter Seals.
Boaters, bikers, drivers, kayakers—even canoe and personal watercraft enthusiasts—all join in to make the multi-faceted run an important date on event calendars. While locals look forward to the annual event, many tourists plan their vacations around it. The Poker Run has various routes and pick up points, depending on the vehicle or vessel, which also helps make the event “weather-proof.” Poker chips are picked up and are then turned in at The NASWA Resort where the Poker Run ends and the party starts!