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The Nick Founders’ Legacy Society recognizes the founders: John and Laura Jill Pernokas, Steve Hale, Bob Hopewell, Tom O’Brien, and Jerry Thayer. This group brought into reality their idea of a multi-generational recreation park for the Town of Wolfeboro and surrounding communities.

Honoring the memory of their son, Nicholas J. Pernokas, John and Laura Jill Pernokas helped lead the way to making the park all it is today. Without the Pernokas’ help and the incredible determination of The Nick Founders, the thousands of us in current and future generations would be unable to enjoy all The Nick has to offer. Help ensure that all children, adults, and seniors in our community have a safe place to play, explore, and thrive — now and in the future, with a charitable bequest to The Nick.

Joining is easy. To become a member of all you need to do is include The Nick in your estate plan.

If you are planning to or have already included The Nick in your estate plan, please let us know by calling, emailing, or completing our Charitable Bequest Intent Form so that we can recognize you and your family for your generosity, make sure the purpose of your gift is understood, and include you as a member of our Legacy Society.

Proud Members

Brendan and Holly Aucoin
Michael and Andrea Cooper
Alexander and Kerry Hunt
Jeffrey and Christy Ouellette
John and Laura Jill Pernokas
Kenneth A Stedman
George and Sharon Vanderheiden

In addition to supporting the mission of The Nick, as a member of the Legacy Society, you will be invited to periodic special events and publicly recognized as a Legacy Society member. We will of course honor all requests for anonymity.

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Name an area of The Nick in honor or memory of a family member, loved one, or friend.
Naming an area of the park is a meaningful way to make a permanent impact on The Nick and the thousands of families that have come to rely on the park while also honoring or memorializing someone special.  To learn more, please contact our Executive Director, Holly, at (603) 569-1909 or email at

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Thank you for considering a gift of securities in support of The Nicholas J. Pernokas Recreation Park.
Gifting securities has significant financial benefit for both the Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association (WARA) and the donor. Securities that have appreciated in value, are deductible at market value, regardless of the original purchase price. The donor avoids capital gains tax liability (if applicable), receives a tax deduction for their donation, and potentially makes a contribution greater than a cash equivalent. WARA then benefits by selling the stock at market value without paying taxes on the gain.

Before a transfer is made, we ask that you please notify us with the date of transfer, name of security, and number of shares gifted so we can monitor our account for the expected transfer. Please do so by emailing, by mail; PO Box 838, Wolfeboro NH, 03894, or by calling us at (603) 569-1909. Please also be sure to consult your financial advisor before making a transfer.

All securities gifts should be registered or titled as follows:
Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association
Tax ID #: 02-0495737
All securities gifts should be directed to the following Fidelity Brokerage Account
Account #: 645-286409
DTC #: 0226
Appreciated securities can be transferred to WARA in a variety of ways. The most common methods are listed below with instructions. If you would like to use an alternative method, please contact us at (603) 569-1909.

If your securities are held with Fidelity, simply complete a Letter of Instruction that contains the following information:

The names of all the account owners
Note: A signature guarantee* is required only if the gift is for $10,000 or more.
The current address of record and your daytime phone number
The Fidelity account number you’re gifting from
The recipient’s name, SSN, and Fidelity account number to be credited (Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association, Tax ID#-02-0495737, Account # 645-286409)
A description of the securities you’re gifting (e.g., the complete security name, the number of shares or dollar amount, the CUSIP number, etc.)

You can bring the letter to your local investor center or mail it to Fidelity at this address:
Fidelity Investments
Attn: Account Reregistration Services
PO Box 770001
Cincinnati, OH 45277-0039
Note: Please do not mail the letter to your local investor center.

If your securities are held with an investment firm other than Fidelity, your advisor should be able to provide you with instructions and documents to arrange for transfer. If your firm is unable to provide you with these documents, please call Fidelity for assistance at (800) 343-3548.

If you hold physical stock or bond certificates, you may transfer shares to WARA by doing the following (provided the number of shares or face value of the certificate exactly equals the gift you wish to make):
1. Complete an Irrevocable Gift Letter
2. Assign the certificate by completing and signing the back of the certificate
3. Deliver your certificate to The Nick Office:
4. In person: Please contact Holly Aucoin at (603) 569-1909 to set up an appointment.
5. By US Postal Service: PO Box 838, Wolfeboro NH, 03894.
You may wish to send USPS either certified mail or return request to track the delivery of your certificate.

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Workplace giving/Matching Gift Program:
A program in which a corporation or foundation matches gifts made by their employees, retirees and directors. Double or even triple your gift to The Nick at no cost to you by asking your employer to match your contribution to The Nick. Many employers match donations to charitable organizations for both employees and retirees. Simply check with your personnel office to see whether your company has a matching gift program.

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Purchase your very own brick for your business, family or loved one for only $200

These durable bricks will be laid randomly in the walkway to the beautiful pavilion in the heart of the park. To request a brick please contact Bricks are placed under the flagpole as a constant reminder of the many community members who support and enjoy this wonderful facility. All bricks ordered before July 1st will be installed by September 30th. Bricks ordered after the first of July will not be installed until the following year.

Download Order Form Here

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The Nick Sign Program is an affordable advertising opportunity that provides the unique benefit of not only promoting your business, but supporting a vital community non-profit recreation facility as well.

For the past eleven years, The Nick has proudly helped over 120 local businesses promote themselves by having their signs displayed at The Nick— which receives thousands of visitors each year.

To order a sign:
Please email your information to Be sure to include all of your contact info, as well as any information and artwork you would like included on your sign. 

Once you have submitted your information,  we will send you proofs and pricing to choose from. A final proof will be sent to you for approval before your order is placed. We will install your completed sign at the park and send you a photo.

Sign options and yearly rental fees:
(Pricing below does not include construction of your sign.)

“Friends of The Nick” Sign: $250 Annually
21”x15” sign, prominently displayed on the “Friends of The Nick” sign board, adjacent to the playground. Your business name will be featured in the Annual Sign Program Brochure, as well as on The Nick’s website – which will also include a link to your business’ web page.

Large Fence Sign: $500 Annually
3’x8’ sign, prominently displayed on your choice of the track, baseball, softball, or dog park fence. Your business name will be featured in the Annual Sign Program Brochure, as well as on The Nick’s website – which will also include a link to your business’ web page.

Sign Specifications
Cut vinyl (placed on .5” rigid PVC board) is the preferred method for creating signs, due to its increased durability. To use this method you must submit your logo and/or graphics as Vector Art (usually EPS, AI or PDF format). File size does not matter for Vector Art because it can be resized easily without distortion.

If your logo/graphics contain more complicated designs, photos, or lots of different colors, your sign can be produced using a vinyl print method (also on .5” rigid PVC board) These graphics may be submitted as a high resolution (300 dpi or higher) JPG/JPEG or PDF file.

If you are unsure which format will work best for you, send us the graphics you would like to use, and our sign company can determine the best method for your design.

In addition to your logo and/or graphics, please include any additional information/text you would like on the sign such as:
Business name
Business location
Phone number
Email address
Text color & font (if not part of logo)
anything else about your business you want to appear on your sign or other specific requests (example- border around the edge of the sign, background color).

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The Nick Event Request Form

Please check areas requested for activity/event:
Please submit your request below, and we will be in touch. Thank you!