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Friends and Community Members Sponsor Children's Auction Theater Event for 40 Young People

Memorial gift means 40 children from the Boys and Girls Club can attend the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction’s ‘An Evening of Broadway’ August 17 at the Colonial Theatre Laconia LACONIA —Friends, family and neighbors of the late Lynda Schmalberger and Cecile Campbell have sponsored 40 seats for children at the Boys and Girls Club so they can attend the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction’s first theater fundraising event, “An Evening of Broadway,” on Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre Laconia. Schmalberger was an active supporter of the Boys and Girls Club and was often joined in volunteerism by Campbell, her longtime friend. Both women passed away earlier in July within six days of one another. Family, friends and residents of Victoria Woods in Laconia came together and donated funds in their memory, as did members of the community. Other individuals are also invited to sponsor a seat for $20 per child. All donations are tax deductible. The event is family-friendly, and tickets range from $20-$30. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or in person at the box office at 609 Main St., Laconia, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Schmalberger was so well-known at the Boys and Girls Club, the children called her “Miss Lynda.” She will be remembered in the community for her activism, her creativity, generosity and ability to gather groups together. In addition to helping Schmalberger with community projects, Campbell enjoyed being a grandmother, spending summers in York, Maine, and watching Christmas movies. “We are pleased that Lynda and Cecile’s friends and family came together to remember their friend in a way that benefits children and the Children’s Auction,” said Jennifer Kelley, the Auction’s executive director. “Our area is full of caring people. Others have also purchased groups of tickets for children, and we welcome more such purchases in the weeks before the show.” The show will offer musical Broadway performances from local community theater groups, including Franklin Footlight Theatre, One Light Theatre, Pittsfield Players, Powerhouse Theatre Collaborative, Streetcar Company. Broadway North Dance Studio students will be also be doing four numbers and it promises to be a fantastic show!

This event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Bank of New Hampshire and MB Tractor and the Laconia Daily Sun as our media sponsor. A big thanks to Lakes 101.5 FM, 104.9 FMHawk, LRPA, Mix 94..1 FM, Chamber of Commerce Laconia and others for promoting our event. It takes a village to make this event successful!

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For more information on the Auction or the performance, contact Kelley at or call 603-527-0999. Learn more about the Auction at


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