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The very first Community Challenge annual event was proud to present a check for $249,460 to the 39th Children’s Auction on December 11, 2020.  The Community Challenge is comprised of local businesses, organizations and friends and families who create teams and creatively fundraise their way to Closing Ceremonies, where coveted awards await the top teams in this friendly but spirited challenge. 

Be part of the 2021 Challenge!

Last year the Children’s Auction distributed $561,400 to 75 charitable organizations serving children and families - providing food, clothing, shelter, hygienic needs and Christmas gifts; funding non-profits working to provide basic and extended services for children; funding capital initiatives that improve the lives of children; and funding educational and recreational opportunities for children that they could otherwise not afford. See entire list here.

 

It is all about raising money, giving children and families a helping hand and being part of something fun and exciting that makes a significant impact in our community.

2020 
Top Dollar 
Team 

Merry Misfits

2020
Outstanding 
Participation 
Award 

Ladies of the Lake

2020 
Feeding 
Families 
Award 

Crossfit Juggernaut

Verani Realty Reindeer

10+ Years

King's Corner

Amoskeag Beverages

Real Downtown Santas

Birdies for a Cause

Body Covers

Coldwell Banker

TAGG TEAM

BAR HUM

BUGS

LITTERHOF

KENNEL

Merry Stoolers

Café déjà vu

Dream Team Supreme

WYC Diving Ducks

5 - 9 Years

Laconia Harley

Iron Butts

"A Snowball's Chance..."

BPS

Lily's Angels

Fusion

NAUGHTY

& NICE

FRUITCAKES

NUTCRACKERS

Barstool Bankers

1 - 4 Years

Color Me Christmas

The Rising Suns

We Got This Warriors

Santa's Sheriffs

Rookie Season

Melcher & Prescott Insurance

Janice Beetle Books

Rookie
Outstanding 
Participation 
Award 

CruCon Cruise Outlet

Giuseppe's

Leadership Lakes Region

COMMUNITY UNITY

Taylor Community

The Lakers

Rookie
Top Dollar 
Team 

Southern Wine

& Spirits

Water Street Cafe

T-Bones & Cactus Jack's

Gilford Hills

BELMONT HIGH SCHOOL

 

Teams

Hall of Fame

2020 Top Ten Team

 

Frequently asked questions

What is this event all about and why would I want to participate?


The IFTK Community Challenge is a pandemic-proof revision and transformation of Pub Mania, which has raised over $2.3 million for the Children’s Auction over the last 11 years. It is all about raising money, giving children and families a helping hand and being part of something fun and exciting that makes a significant impact in our community.




Where does the money go?


Last year the Children’s Auction distributed $561,400 to 75 charitable organizations serving children and families, providing food, clothing, shelter, hygienic needs and Christmas gifts; funding non-profits working to provide basic and extended services for children; funding capital initiatives that improve the lives of children; and funding educational and recreational opportunities for children that could otherwise not afford. See entire list here.




What would I have to do?


Bottom line answer is to raise money - at least $2,500 - by December 10th, 2020. We support and encourage over achievement!




How many people do I need on my team?


Unlike Pub Mania, you do not need to fill a team with 24 people (thank goodness!) for each hour around the clock. You can have a team of 1, but it’s more fun to have a team of 10 and crazy fun to have a team of 100!




Speaking of fun, how can I make this fun for my team?


Now you’re talking!! The sky is the limit on this one. Fun fundraisers are the best. Create your own team shirts and make sure to have some fun team parties as well. Have your team participate in the Light-Up Laconia Holiday Parade. Encourage team members to participate in the Pub Mania Shuffle and other team building, fun fundraising events. Be creative and be careful not to over commit – we want you to play “Plus $1” next year! Check out the Challenge Contest and play to win any of friendly competition




How can you help us be successful fundraising?


For starters, we have one of the best fundraising platforms available to you called GiveGab. We’ll build a basic team page for you, but you can customize it with your pictures and message to maximize its effectiveness. Encourage your team members to build their own personal page which adds to the team goal. Check out these links for a GiveGab tutorial and additional Fundraising Ideas.




Where do we take the donations we receive?


You can deposit cash and checks at any Meredith Village Savings Bank, using the deposit slip and procedures below. We’ll keep track of all team totals and will provide that info upon request.




Why wouldn’t we just make our own check presentation to the Children’s Auction?


It’s all about the kids, so we’re thankful however you prefer to raise funds for the Children’s Auction! However, if you want to be part of an exciting network of committed teams and individuals who are working together to achieve big things, then the Challenge might be the way to go. The Children’s Auction and Challenge committee will work to recognize and support each team throughout the year, with press, radio, social media and live on-air interviews at the auction.




Do we have to attend the Closing Ceremonies on December 10th?


No. But you don’t want to miss out, especially with our inaugural event. We’ll recognize, acknowledge and thank all the teams and people and their efforts leading up to the end of the fundraising period. This event is to be shared not just with your own team, but with all the teams and individuals working (and playing) to improve the lives of children and families here in the greater Lakes Region. Be there or be square :) .




Where can I get additional information or to sign-up?


Email Community Challenge 2020 Chair Allan Beetle at abeetle@metrocast.net.





Team Captain Central

FUNDRAISING 

Looking for ideas of how your team can raise money?  Let us help!

 

DEPOSITS

Have donations ready to put in the bank for your team?  

Use the special "IFTK Community Challenge Deposit Slip" below and make your deposit at any Meredith Village Savings Bank location.  It's as easy as 1 -2 -3!

 

 1) Fill out the deposit slip in full 

2) Include it with cash/checks in a sealed envelope with only the words "Community Challenge" on the front 3) Turn it in with the Supervisor On Duty at any Meredith Village Savings Bank location during bank hours

 

Thank you to our friends at MVSB and your fellow Barstool Bankers Team Captains, Jami Bordeau

& Becky Reposa, for making this so easy!  

 

 

 

AUCTION ITEMS

Want to make some $$$ for your team?!

Donate an item for the Children's Auction and the money raised will be added to your team's fundraising total.  And, because this is our "X2" year, you may donate TWO team items!! Get your team brains together and think big!

Simply fill out the special "Challenge Team Auction Item Form" linked below and take your auction item to any of the designated collection sites.  Please make sure to choose your team from the dropdown menu and help the Children's Auction by getting your items in sooner than later!

 

 

ORNAMENTS

AVAILABLE NOW - A great way to raise $$$ for your team!

Know a business that would like to support the Children's Auction by selling these 4" paper $1, $5 & $10 Christmas ornaments?  Check out the information here to get them started.

 

 

 

CONTESTS

Feeling competitive?  

The Pub Mania tradition of bragging rights for the "Top Dollar", "Outstanding Participation" and "Feeding Families" awards continues on in the Community Challenge.  The highly coveted "Participation" award is a bit different this year, so make sure to check out the contest rules!

 

 

 

FOOD DONATIONS

Earn points for your team and help those in need all year long.  Donations may be made to any Lakes Region food pantry.  Get all of your team members on board and vie for the "2020 Feeding Families Award!"  

Need help finding a food pantry?  Click here!


GIVEGAB QUESTIONS?

This software should make fundraising much easier for you and your team.  Sometimes technology gets the best of us though.  If that's the case, let us help!

 

 

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Email: info@childrensauction.com  |  Phone: (603) 527-0999  | Federal Tax ID# 47-3815882

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