February 2018 Newsletter

Awarded: 2016 Lori Breard Achievement in Leadership Award, 2016 Hampton Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, 2X TownSquare Media Year of Service Award Winner, 2015 Exeter Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Business of the Year, 3X United States Presidents Service Award for Volunteerism

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February 2019 Newsletter
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An Update and a Look Forward – Bill DaGiau
Meet Our Board  Tonya Knightly
12th Anniversary Heavenly Ball – Angels Among Us
Heavenly Sponsorships and Program Ads

Chris Pets for Vets Update – Jo Ann Clark
Rye By The Sea 5K Walk/Run or Duathlon
Amazon Smile You Shop We Benefit 

Annie‘s Angels Program Information

An Update and Look Ahead
Bill DaGiau

Happy February! My sister in law calls February “The Grey Season.” Football is over and more days are grey then are sunny, but never fear! Spring is on it’s way. With spring come the Heavenly Ball, our biggest fundraiser of the year. I invite you to join us March 9 at Ashworth by the Sea. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and sets the tone for the rest of 2019! Ticket MUST BE purchased in advance… Buy your tickets today.

Remember the changes we made for this year’s event?

*Doors will open 30 minutes earlier, at 5:30 pm
*There will be 2 bars open all night. One at either side of the Ballroom
*The dance floor will be open from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm and re-open at 9:00 pm with Johnny B & Laurie – Party Time DJ
*Dinner Salads, Rolls, Coffee and Desserts will be table served
*Dinner will remain a buffet style but moved off the dance floor. *Complete menu to follow soon.
*We have 1 less speaker before dinner

We hope these changes will make for an even more enjoyable event
for you and your guests.

Wondering what’s for dinner at this year’s Ball? 

Just In! Here’s our Menu:

Cocktail Hour: Thanks to our friends at ICE PIK Vodka there will be special vodka cocktail and Annie‘s Angels will see a portion of those proceeds!

*Shrimp Cocktail | Horseradish Chili Sauce
*Skewered Fresh Mozzarella Pearls | Artichoke | Sun Dried Tomato | Olive
*Shaved Tenderloin Crostini | Caramelized Onions |Horseradish Cream 
*Honey Butter Sesame Chicken | Toasted Sesame Seeds

Main Buffet:

Caesar Salad
Warm Rolls and Butter
Sliced Sirloin of Beef Au Jus
Baked Stuffed Haddock | Lobster Cream Sauce
Pasta Primavera Alfredo
Chicken Florentine
Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes
Fresh Seasonal Vegetable
Carrot Cake | Apple Tartlet | Chocolate Torte (gluten free)

Thanks again for your support! Get you tickets TODAY!!

Meet Our Board – Tonya Knightly 

Tonya Knightly is the newest member of the Annie’s Angels Board of Directors. 

Tonya is presently the CFO of EnviroVantage, an Environmental Specialty & Demolition Contractor located in Epping, NH.  For the past twenty-one years she has worked alongside her husband, EnviroVantage President & Founder, Scott Knightly, to grow the company into an award winning, multi-million-dollar firm performing work across the Northeast.

Scott and Tonya live in Northwood, NH with their two teenage sons, Cameron and Christian and their Springer Spaniel, Hobey.  The family enjoys downhill skiing and water sports.  She is a dedicated theater mom who takes great pride in seeing her boys perform on stage.

Tonya is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with degrees in Accounting and English Literature and is a BIG Wildcat Hockey fan.

For the past fourteen years Tonya has been a major fundraiser and a Volunteer Adaptive Sports instructor with Northeast Passage, teaching people to live beyond their disability.  Each summer she dedicates over 200 hours teaching adaptive water skiing.  She has traveled to New York City to volunteer with the NYPD, FDNY, and the Wounded Warrior Project helping injured soldiers.

Tonya received the “Spirit of New Hampshire Award” for her volunteer efforts in 2012 from Governor John Lynch. 

With a desire to broaden her ability to serve her community, and with a lot of coaxing from her husband, Tonya entered her first pageant at the age of 45.  She was crowned Mrs. New Hampshire 2014 and competed in the Mrs. America pageant and the Mrs. USA Universal pageant, where she finished top 5 in the country. 

In 2016 she was honored by New Hampshire Magazine as an “Exceptional Woman of New Hampshire”.

It was while performing official Mrs. New Hampshire duties at the Exeter Fair that Tonya was introduced to Annie’s Angels and to Bill & Diane DaGiau.  After listening to their story and hearing their passion she wanted to part of this amazing organization. Tonya began by assisting at fundraising events.  She then accompanied Annie’s Angels members over the next two years to Boston Children’s Hospital helping distribute the thousands of Teddy Bears collected for the patients.  She was awarded the Founders Award at the Heavenly Ball for her contributions.

Tonya is excited to take on this new role on the board.

Thanks to YOU we are able to ease some of the stresses that come with a doctors diagnosis. We just can’t do this good work without YOUR support. I ask that you please consider making a tax deductible contribution to Annie‘s Angels or visit  the Our Families tab on the website and select a particular family to help. Get updates about “your family” on the website or follow them on social media to see how your contributions are working, and thanks again for your continued support.


Sponsor and advertising opportunities are available online! 

Chris Pets for Vets Update
Jo-Ann Clark, Chris’ Mom

Chris’ Pets for Vets is so happy to announce our new partnership with Lost My Way Animal Shelter, 21 Hartford St., Claremont, NH (603) 477-1229.
For those who may not know, we also partner with Cocheco Valley Humane Society in Dover, NH and Salem Animal Rescue League in Salem, NH.  (See our FB page) We will consider working with other local shelters and rescues with prior approval from Annie’s Angels.

We all know too well the harsh weather New England can bring.  This may cause problems not only for ourselves, but also our pets.  Here are some winter tips to bear in mind when it comes to protecting our pets:   

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
  • Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.
  • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.
Save a Pet, Save a Vet!

Start your Christmas shopping now! Do you shop online? Do you shop on Amazon.com? If you do, please click the banner below to enter our Amazon.com store. By doing this you will helpAnnie‘s Angels raise much needed funds. You shop, we benefit! It won’t cost you a thing. Thanks for your support.

Chris’ Pets for Vets 
provides companion animals to our veterans through Cocheco Valley Humane Society and the veterans are loving it! To keep this program viable we need your help! PLEASE make a tax deductible contribution now.

Annie‘s Helping Hands Oncology Program 
Annie’s Angels Memorial Fund established Annie’s Helping Hands in 2012. Annie’s Helping Hands is a multidisciplinary holistic oncology program. Participants of the program are eligible to receive Massage, Reiki and Meditation therapies for up to 6 months. Services are provided by professionals you select and must have specialized training in oncology in their field.

Please contribute to Annie‘s Helping Hands today!

Angel Fund
We invite YOU to become a beacon of hope for local families struggling financially through the darkness of a life threatening disease, illness or disability, YOU can be a connection neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend and business to business and we invite YOU to be part of a caring fundraising network.
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Thanks to our local business owners for their contributions to this newsletter. If you have something to contribute email bill@anniesangels.org for consideration

If you have an expertise that could help a local family struggling financially through a life threatening disease, illness or disability and would like to share your time, talent or treasure simply email bill@anniesangels.org .

If you found this newsletter helpful or inspiring and would like to donate OR to find out more aboutAnnie‘s Angels Memorial Fund visit www.anniesangels.org

For more Annie‘s Angels news and family stories visit www.anniesangels.org

Don’t miss a second of Annie‘s Angels fun. Check out the entire list of events at www.anniesangels.org/events 

Annie’s Angels is Angel Hands, Angel Hearts working together to help friends in need.”

Best Regards,

Bill DaGiau, Founder & President
Annie‘s Angels Memorial Fund Inc.

a 501(c)(3) charity
Awarded: 2016 Lori Breard Achievement in Leadership Award 
2016 Hampton Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award
2X TownSquare Media Year of Service Award Winner
2015 Exeter Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Business of the Year
3X United States Presidents Service Award for Volunteerism

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