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Lakes Region is love of their lives, and their donation will help area's youth
Tony and Gladys Sakowich, both 95, have donated $500,000 to programs benefiting the Lakes Region's youth. (COURTESY)
The Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region used the $400,000 gift from Tony and Gladys Sakowich as a down payment to buy the former St. James Episcopal Church campus in Laconia. COURTESY
"They said their specific goals for the future ... of their money is that it always go to benefit children," added Gaudet, who is founder of AutoServ car dealerships.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region used the $400,000 as a down payment to buy the former St. James Episcopal Church campus on North Main Street in Laconia, Gaudet said. The downtown location is in walking distance to most of the city's public schools. The club moved into its new quarters late last summer.
In 2012, the Sakowiches donated their nine-acre homestead in Andover, Mass., to the Andover Village Improvement Society to be preserved as recreational space open to the public.
Tom Sakowich was born and grew up in Lawrence, Mass., served in World War II and developed a process to mold laminate kitchen counter tops, which he manufactured at Saxon Inc., his North Andover plant, Gaudet said. His clients included Sears and Formica.
"They fell in love with the Lakes Region," he said.
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