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White Dragon Martial Arts 27th Annual “Kick for Cancer” Benefits Local Hospice Programs

On the morning of April 9th, if you happened to pass the Gilmanton School, you probably noticed there was something going on.  It was the 27th Annual Kick for Cancer Charity Martial Arts Tournament, New Hampshire’s longest running charity martial arts tournament.  With over 500 attendees and participants, the Gilmanton School gymnasium was packed with standing room only.  The tournament started at 10:00am and ended shortly before 5:00pm with 6 rings operating almost all the time.  A long day, but one with a cause in mind.


Participants Sparring at the Kick For Cancer Tournament

In 1990 Grandmaster Dr. Georganne Verigan started the annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts Tournament. The purpose is to teach students how to give back to their community and to help them to realize that at sometime in our lives we all will know someone who will need the services provided by hospice. Each year proceeds of this tournament go to support local hospice programs like the one at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.

Over the last 27 years, Kick for Cancer has raised an impressive amount exceeding $170,000,” States Vinnie Baiocchetti, Tournament Director and owner of White Dragon Martial Arts of New Hampshire, “this year the tournament brought in over $14,000 for local hospice programs.”

vinnie with class

Shr Gung Vinnie Baiocchetti presents a donation to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice with his Kung Fu class.

“It is such a great event.” Says Brian Winslow, Director of Development for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, “I have attended the last nine tournaments and they always impress me, not just because of the number of attendees but the energy at the event is through the roof.”

On behalf of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, we would like to thank everyone involved with the tournament, the volunteers, the organizers and the participants.  We are already looking forward to next years event!!

Temple B’nai Israel’s We Care Event to Benefit Lakes Region Community Services

Temple B’nai Israel’s We Care Program is hosting “Yellow Brick Road” an Elton John tribute band on Saturday, June 18th at 7pm to benefit Lakes Region Community Services. This high energy reenactment of everything you have ever seen or heard of Elton John’s legendary staging and music will come alive for you and your friends in this tribute to a living artist.

The event is at the McEvoy Theatre on the New Hampton School campus. The McEvoy Theater is located less than 5 minutes from Exit 23 off of Interstate 93 at 70 Main Street, New Hampton.  Its central location will make it convenient for everyone in the Lakes Region and Central NH.

Tickets can be purchased at www.tbinh.org.  As a previous beneficiary of the “We Care” program, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice would like to applaud Temple B’nai Israel’s ongoing effort to help raise money for area nonprofits.  This will be a show you just can’t miss…we hope to see you there.

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

Yellow Brick Road Performing an Elton John Hit


“Yellow Brick Road, A Tribute to Elton John, from Augusta Maine, is a full concert tribute, complete with an incredible light show and sound system. Every detail of an actual Elton John concert is presented in such a way that will have Elton John fans screaming for more!”

“No tribute does justice to Elton John quite like Yellow Brick Road does. Gerald Brann is one of the best front men I have ever seen and the band is solid. One of the friendliest and most professional acts I have worked with. You won’t be disappointed!”

April Stanislaw, Marketing Manager, Mill Creek MetroParks – Canfield, OH

“When Brann is in costume and on stage he IS Elton John.”

– FACE Magazine

27th Annual Kick For Cancer a Huge Success

Saturday morning, shortly after 10:00am, the 27th Annual Kick For Cancer Martial Tournament kicked off opening ceremonies with a packed standing room only crowd.  “Perhaps the highest attendance ever,” quipped Brian Winslow, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Director of Development about the packed gymnasium at the Gilmanton School.

The longest running charity martial arts tournament in New Hampshire, for 27 years now Grandmaster Verigan has hosted the Kick For Cancer and as a result has been able to raise over $150,000.00 to help provide much needed hospice services to individuals in the community.

Gilmanton Sparring

Judges and Referee stand by as two tournament participants spar

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice would like to thank all those that attended, participated, sponsored and organized this wonderful event.  We look forward to the 28th Annual Kick For Cancer next year!!!

1000 Kicks in under 15 minutes!

Can you imagine completing 1000 kicks in under 15 minutes?  On April 5th, in preparation for their upcoming 27th Annual Kick For Cancer Martial Arts Tournament, students and instructors of White Dragon Martial Arts  NH participated in a Kick-a-thon.  What is a kick-a-thon you ask?  Much like a walk-a-thon, in this case students find sponsors per kick to help raise money for the Kick For Cancer Tournament.

The Kick For Cancer Tournament is in its 27th year and has raised approximately $150,000 to help fund local hospice services.  If you are interested in being a participant in the Kick For Cancer Tournament, or would like to be a spectator, please stop in.  Registration starts at 8am at the Gilmanton School, Route 140 Gilmanton, NH.  For more information or to download registration materials you can visit White Dragon Martial Arts Tournament webpage.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Join us for a free viewing of the Award Winning Documentary Nine To Ninety

To Register for one of the free viewings of Nine To Ninety click on one of the links at the bottom of this page.

CNHVNAH NTN Screening Email Draft
Nine to Ninety is not your average love story. But it is a story for our times. Phyllis and Joe Sabatini have been together 65 years. At ages 89 and 90, they live at home with their daughter Sarah and nine year old granddaughter Jacqueline. But as the family struggles to make ends meet and the grandparents’ health problems escalate, they are forced to make a difficult decision that will surprise viewers. The choice leads them all to consider: What does it take to live, love, and die with dignity and grace in the modern age?

Two Screening Locations:

April 14, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm Huggins Hospital Medical Arts Building, Wolfeboro, NH.  To register for the free viewing in Wolfeboro, NH  click here.

April 20, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm Beane Conference Center, Laconia, NH. To register for the free viewing in Laconia, NH click here.


The Winnipesaukee Playhouse partners with Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice to produce a serious comedy.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Professional Company Presents: Grace and Glorie by Tom Ziegler March 17th – 20th in Meredith, NH.

Grace and Glorie

A comedy about two women from very different walks of life brought together by the circumstances life throws at us all. When Grace, a feisty 90 year-old cancer patient in the backwaters of Virginia, checks herself out of the hospital, the last person she expects to spend her days with is Glorie, her volunteer hospice worker who is a Harvard MBA recently transplanted from New York.  As she attempts to care for and comfort the cantankerous Grace, the sophisticated Glorie gains new perspectives on values and insight into life’s highs and lows.  Grace and Glorie is the best kind of play: one that will have you laughing through your tears.  Starring Barbara Webb and Molly Parker Myers.

Meredith, NH

Barbara Webb

Meredith NH

Molly Parker Myers










Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice encourages all to attend, “This is a heart-warming story about real-life people with real-life flaws, there truly is a lot to learn from Grace and Glorie,” states Brian Winslow, Director of Development at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. “In addition to getting the word out about this play, we are providing technical expertise to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse and will be attending Talkback sessions after the performance for people who are interested in the play subject matter.”

For more information you can check out the Winnipesaukee Playhouse website or you can purchase your tickets here.

Dr. Sanders Burstein Addresses Packed Crowd at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Annual Meeting


Dr. Sanders Burstein

Addressing a crowd of over 115 friends and supporters of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tuesday evening at Church Landing in Meredith, Dr. Sanders Burstein, Medical Director-Dartmouth-Hitchcock spoke about his experiences starting difficult conversations and then “Honoring Care Decisions.”

During the program staff recognized individuals that have gone above and beyond the expected this past year in their service to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. The Millham Leadership Award was given to Shawn LaFrance, Executive Director of Foundation for Healthy Communities for his efforts with Advanced Directives and for helping to bring POLST or “Providers Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment to New Hampshire.” The Shirley Bentley Outstanding Clinician Award was given to Physical Therapist Jeff Carpenter for his continued excellent service to our clients, and the Leavitt/Knight Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Valerie May for her volunteer work in bringing music therapy to our clients.

L-R: New Trustees Kristen Gardiner and Bill Johnson are welcomed by Treasurer Jared Price

L-R: New Trustees Kristen Gardiner and Bill Johnson are welcomed by Treasurer Jared Price

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice continues to be a leader in providing quality care to those in need throughout the Lakes Region. The Annual Meeting also featured the recognition of retiring Trustees Sylvia Countway, Pam Clemons-Keith, Lisa Garcia, John Giere and Headley White. New Trustees voted onto the Board included Bill Johnson, Kristen Gardiner and Chief Leonard Wetherbee. Officers elected included President: William Schwidder, Vice President: Susan John, Treasurer; Jared Price and Secretary: Fredda Osman.