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The Community Challenge is the follow-on, pandemic-proof transformation of Patrick’s Pub Mania, which raised $2.3 million over 11 years for children and families in need and distributed via the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction. 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.

Let us contact you if you're interested in participating! 

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.

Laconia Harley

Iron Butts

2019 
Top Dollar 
Team 

Verani Realty Reindeers

2019 
Outstanding 
Participation 
Award 

Real Downtown Santas

2019 
Feeding 
Families 
Award 

10+ Years

King's Corner

TAGG TEAM

Amoskeag Beverages

BAR HUM

BUGS

Birdies for a Cause

Blue Angels

Body Covers

Merry Misfits

Coldwell Banker

LITTERHOF

KENNEL

Merry Stoolers

Café déjà vu

Dream Team Supreme

WYC Diving Ducks

5 - 9 Years

"A Snowball's Chance..."

Fusion

Crossfit Juggernaut

NAUGHTY

& NICE

BPS

FRUITCAKES

Lily's Angels

NUTCRACKERS

Ladies of the Lake

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

CruCon Cruise Outlet

Giuseppe's

Taylor Community

Southern Wine

& Spirits

Lakers

Water Street Cafe

T-Bones & Cactus Jack's

Gilford Hills Tennis

& Fitness Club

 

Teams

2019 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 & Becki 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!! 

We will include more instructions on when and where to take your items at a later date but start thinking about what would draw the highest bids.  Get your team brains together and think big!

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!

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!

 

 

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!

Pledge Form

Looking to help your team members keep track of their cash/check donations?

This form is optional and provided for those who would like to use it.  Please note that this form should not be included with any deposits.

Ornaments

Stay tuned....Ornaments are now available. 

 

383 South Main Street, Laconia NH 03246

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

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