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Saving Our Treasured Chests: A Unique Auction for a Great Cause!


We hope you will join us on Wednesday, June 13th at 5:30 p.m. at Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant (Rte. 3, Meredith, NH) for the Saving Our Treasured Chests: Getting Plastered with a Purpose auction. All are welcome and it's sure to be unlike any other auction you've attended!

This project, ten months in the making, has resulted in 65 magnificent pieces of art which will be up for auction to the general public during Bike Week. Event organizer and 4-year breast cancer survivor Shirley Stokes has worked with many local volunteers to make this project a reality. Volunteers include 62 women and 3 men of all ages who may be cancer survivors, caretakers, friends/relatives who participated in honor of a loved one, or simply concerned citizens who wanted to make a difference.

Shirley came up with this idea after attending a torso plastering session offered by The Forest Moon Foundation in Vermont last year. As a breast cancer survivor that experience was an important part of her healing process, and she hopes to help and inspire others locally through this project, while raising funds to assist patients at LRGH who may need help with oncology-related expenses. A portion of the proceeds will go to Forest Moon.

Each chest up for bid was professionally painted by local artists from the Lakes Region area and around New Hampshire. A wide range of themes will be represented at this event.

Aside from working two jobs Shirleys waking hours these past months have been spent scheduling volunteers to be plastered (working out of her small apartment kitchen in Laconia which has been converted into a studio), plastering their torsos (similar material to a cast for a broken arm), coordinating the artists who spent numerous hours painting these masterpieces, and then glazing each torso.

As a final touch professional photographer Dick Shetler has photographed, free-of-charge, each completed torso for a book created by Carole Billin, which contains photos and descriptions of the busts. The Treasured Chests keepsake book will be sold at the event for $15.

Preview 5:30-7:00 p.m. with a live auction starting promptly at 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation at the door.

We hope to welcome you to this unique and heart-warming auction! For more information please contact the LRGHealthcare Office of Philanthropy: 527-7063 or

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