About the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction
The Greater Lakes Region Chartable Fund for Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps community organizations in the Central New Hampshire region. All donations are tax-deductible.
The Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction is an annual event held every December in central New Hampshire. The fundraiser made $2,100 in its first year and has come a long way with the help of countless volunteers and donors who have helped turn it into a major campaign on an annual basis. Over the 33 years that the community has come together, over $4.5 million dollars has been raised for local charities, all through volunteer efforts, community donations and corporate sponsorships.
Local companies support the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction by providing cash donations, sponsorships, and staff, allowing employees to serve the community at the event during what would normally be work hours. CruCon Cruise Outlet, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Great Eastern Radio, MetroCast, LRPA TV, Meredith Village Savings Bank and many other organizations contribute their priceless support.
The Auction is entirely volunteer run, with over 700 hundred volunteers and a range of donated auction items from the community. The Auction buzzes with activity as phone bank workers cheer at over-bids, children dance and workers fly around the room. Items at the auction range from gift certificates to local businesses, sports collectibles, concert and sport tickets, autographed memorabilia, furniture, vacations, home décor, children's toys, electronics and great holiday gifts.
Everything is donated; phone service, lights, auction items, computers, the location where we hold the auction; all donated! Even the food is donated by local restaurants which provide meals for the all-volunteer staff throughout the week.
In addition to the donations that pour in off on-air, Theme Days draw in donations of the household items that local charities need for families in the region. Simple items like soap, shampoo, winter coats and diapers are some of the things that the charities in need struggle to supply. Some items never actually make it to the Auction block, as late donations trickle into the Auction. These donations still never go unused. The Auction has so many connections to organizations which could use every item donated. Thus, all items end up in hands that will truly benefit.
Determining which organizations to help is the hardest part. The Auction's Distribution Committee tries to make our best effort to determine which organizations have the greatest need, and can assist the children the most. We ask for organizations in need to provide us with the necessary information on what they do and who they serve, and how big the need is for that organization. By donating items to our auction, and by bidding from the heart, you will be helping an enormous amount of children and families.
In addition to smaller organizations and families helped throughout the 33 years of the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction, annual contributions are given to many community-based organizations throughout Central New Hampshire. These include: The Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Laconia Police Relief Association, Health First Family Care of Franklin, Salvation Army, Lakes Region Child Care Services, Mrs. Santa Fund - Alton, St Vincent de Paul, Tapply-Thompson Community Center , Tilton-Northfield-Sanbornton Santa Fund and more.