CONWAY — Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley President Janice Andrews has announced the forthcoming release of the 2017-2018 Passport to Entertainment Coupon Book.
On Wednesday, May 3, the new book will be introduced to the public in a "roll-out" at the Flatbread Pizza Company in the Eastern Slope Inn of North Conway. Andrews notes that the coupon book has been the mainstay of Kiwanis' fundraising activities for two decades.
In the early years of the local Kiwanis club, there were a variety of fundraisers that ranged from dressing as clowns and selling peanuts on street corners to pancake breakfasts and the Keystone Cops Jail Days.
In 1996, a few Kiwanians who included Jac Cuddy, Blake Benedict, Jim Dunwell and Forrest Simmons gathered at Dick Check's house to brainstorm a new fundraiser that could produce greater income.
The result was the Passport to Entertainment Book as we know it today, patterned after a similar Kiwanis Dine Around book in Portland, Maine. However, this would be expanded to include not only restaurants, but sporting and special event venues as well.
Over the years, the book has grown to where the newest edition has 125 coupons, nine of which are new this year.
The coupons include retail businesses, ski resorts, golf courses, other sporting activities, various events and, of course, restaurants!
One constant that has remained unchanged is the price, only $39, which provides over $1,600 in savings.
More important, book sales allow the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley to fund nearly 50 children-related programs in the valley.
Profits from the sale of these books provide local scholarships and camperships and support MWV non-profits, including the following: Jen's Friends, Children's Dental Program, Children's Museum, Starting Point, Children Unlimited, Little League, Project Graduation, North Conway Community Center, Bike Safety and End 68 Hours of Hunger.
This year's book cover features members of the Kiwanis family representing the seven Kiwanis-sponsored organizations in the local schools: K-Kids, Builder's Clubs and the KHS Key Club.
There are over 250 students in these programs who benefit directly from the Passport to Entertainment Coupon Book.
Come join the rollout activities at the Flatbread Company, meet the students on the book cover, meet the Kiwanians who make all this happen, enjoy the pizza and, most important, support the children in the valley.
If you can't make it to the rollout, the Passport Books can be obtained at any TD Bank branch in the valley, as well as J-Town Deli, Jackson; Bart's Deli, Bartlett; Glen Beverage, Glen; Camping World, Center Conway; and Taste of Thai and Settlers Green Outlet Village Management Office in North Conway.
For additional information about the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley, go to: www.mwvkiwanis.org or find them on Facebook.