The Margaret Lavoie Memorial Fund
The Family and Friends of Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and Youth Ballet lost a wonderful and warm member of their Community in March of 2006. Margaret Ann Lavoie, fondly known as “Peggy” has left an indelible mark on our community, as well as touched the lives of students, faculty and parent with her endless generosity of heart and time. It is with profound respect for her loss that the Margaret Lavoie Memorial Fund has been established. Peggy was not only Miss Trisha’s mom … but she was also the studio’s unofficial “mom”. Peggy was enormously proud of all the many accomplishments of SNHDT and the Youth Ballet.
The Margaret Lavoie Memorial Scholarship
In April of 2006, Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet established The Margaret Lavoie Memorial Fund. Nominated and chosen by the faculty of Southern NH Dance Theater, The Memorial Fund provides a full tuition scholarship to a student who best exemplified the qualities that Peggy most admired: character, integrity, responsibility and leadership. This award is announced and presented each year at Southern NH Dance Theater’s Year End Performance. Since 2006, nearly twenty-eight thousand dollars have been awarded to students here at Southern NH Dance Theater through this fund.
2007: Aubrey Pearson
2008: Lauren Thomas
2009: Rebecca Wilson
2010: Tabitha Neumire
2011: Erika Davis and Elizabeth Williams
2012: Anne Niemaszyk
2014: Delaney Colegrove, Lea Iuliano and Rachel Ingram
The Riley Wolf Memorial Fund
Riley Katherine Wolf began dancing at Southern NH Dance Theater when she was eight years old and joined Southern NH Youth Ballet, Southern NH Dance Theater’s affiliated pre-professional ballet company, when she was eleven. Riley performed in the Nutcracker at The Palace Theatre for six years, including her dream role of Clara in 2011. Riley’s passion for ballet was infectious. Ever graceful and determined to dance on despite the challenges life put in her path, Riley’s perseverance, grit and determination were an inspiration to us all. Above all else, Riley was our cherished friend.
On December 1, 2013, Riley lost her battle with cancer. She was 15. Under the direction of Riley’s parents, David and Terry Wolf, a Memorial Fund was established in Riley’s honor to provide scholarships to dancers at Southern NH Dance Theater who share the same passion for ballet that Riley did so that her passion and spirit for dance may dance on.
2014: Kayley Lyttle
2015: Taylor Eriksen & Kaitlin Griffin
2016: Alexandra Campbell & Sierra Horne
2017: Kyra Argeropoulos & Teresina O’Hare
2018: Lauren Felthun & Kaitlin Griffin