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Prouty organizers
set $2.75 million goal

Organizers of New Hampshire’s annual Prouty fundraiser for cancer research and treatment have set a $2.75 million goal for this year’s two-day event.

The Prouty, which takes place July 12 and 13 in Hanover, has raised more than $17 million in the past 31 years.

It features 100- and 200-mile bike races, multiple walk routes and rowing events on the Connecticut River. This year, golf at the Hanover Country Club is among the events.

The Prouty was started in 1982 by four nurses to honor a patient, Audrey Prouty, who died that year of ovarian cancer. The nurses raised $4,000 in pledges by biking across the White Mountains and started a New Hampshire tradition.

The event typically attracts 5,000 participants and 1,000 volunteers. Participants must meet fundraising minimums of $150 per adult, $50 per child and $275 per family. Some participants are sponsored; others seek donations from friends, family and co-workers.

Last year’s Prouty raised $2.6 million for cancer research and patient services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Two of the three surviving nurses who founded the Prouty in 1982 will be participating this year. Cindy Spicer, now a nurse in Littleton, and Heather Klassen, a nurse overseas, will ride in the event. For Klassen, it will be her first Prouty in 30 years.

Another founder, Patty Carney, is a researcher at Oregon Health and Science University.

She said Prouty inspired her to get her doctorate degree.

“Everyone knows an Audrey Prouty,” Carney said. “Everyone knows someone whose battle with cancer makes you want to do something to honor them and to help in the fight against cancer.”

Superior court chief justice gets fellowship

New Hampshire’s Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau is the 2013 recipient of a fellowship awarded annually by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

The Caroline L. Gross fellowship was established in memory of the late House majority leader to honor an elected or appointed official in New Hampshire state or local government who is dedicated to public service.

The fellowship allows Nadeau to attend a three-week seminar for state and local officials at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Nadeau was appointed chief justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court in 2011 after serving as associate justice for several years. She’s also served in the Office of the Governor, where she was legal counsel to former governor Stephen Merrill, and as an assistant attorney general in the homicide division.

“I did not know Caroline Gross, but I know that her legacy was one of integrity, innovation and commitment to serve the citizens of this state with honor and dedication,” Nadeau said.

“I am humbled to receive this award in her name and will pledge to carry on her legacy by bringing the same leadership qualities to the position of chief justice of the Superior Court that she brought as a respected legislator and majority leader.”

Gross served in numerous capacities in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the governor’s office and as a state representative from Concord. In 1989, she was appointed House majority leader, a position she held until her death in 1993.

The Associated Press

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