Laconia Harley Davidson dealer doubles up on raffle prizeBy DAN SEUFERT
Union Leader Correspondent
September 16. 2012 6:47PM
MEREDITH - Laconia Harley Davidson's summerlong raffle to benefit the Winnipesaukee Playhouse offered a dazzling grand prize: a 2012 Harley-Davidson Street-Glide motorcycle that carries a price of more than $20,000.
But when the drawing was done on Labor Day weekend, a second entrant had won a Street-Glide by the dealership, thanks to an error by the raffle workers and a decision by the dealership to be fair to both ticket holders.
'We wanted to keep the integrity of the raffle intact and show the integrity of the dealership, especially given that we were doing this for such a wonderful cause,' said Ron Houston, general manager of Laconia Harley Davidson, which is located in Meredith.
All 2,500 of the $10 raffle tickets were sold during the raffle campaign, which began during Motorcycle Week in June. After the raffle, the dealership presented a $25,000 donation check to the playhouse to support the expansion of its Meredith campus.
'The support we received from Laconia Harley-Davidson was an amazing kick-start to our summer season and a huge asset to our capital campaign,' said Winnipesaukee Playhouse executive director Bryan Halperin, in a release. 'Construction is already under way on the new theater, and Laconia Harley-Davidson's contribution will not only go a long way in helping us achieve our goals, but also proves there is great support for our new theater campus from the local business community.'
Laconia Harley-Davidson's donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a local benefactor, resulting in a $50,000 contribution, Houston said.
The error was committed when the first name picked was inadvertently declared the grand prize winner. Contest rules stipulated that the first name selected would win a $100 Laconia Harley gift card, the second name would win a $500 gift card and the third name picked would win the grand prize.
To assure fairness, the first entrant selected, Sarah Tillotson of Richford, Vt., was awarded a motorcycle, as was the third entrant, Adam Wilson of Massena, N.Y. The second-place entrant was awarded the designated $500 gift card.
Houston said the dealership was happy with the raffle, even though it cost the owners a bit more.
'Telling a second person that they've won a Harley - that's a pleasant conversation to have,' he said.