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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. 

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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.

Teams

2020 Top Ten Team

Hall of Fame

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Merry Misfits

Team Captains

Ruth McLaughlin

Angie Carignan

Bryan Shedd

2020 
Top Dollar 
Team 

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Ladies of the Lake

Team Captains

Holly Ruggieri

Kathy Drouin

Debbie Wallace

2020
Outstanding 
Participation 
Award 

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Juggernaut Fitness

Team Captains

Anna Terry

Sara Fogg

Lisa Cornish

2020 
Feeding 
Families 
Award 

 

10+ Years

Team Captains

Judi Taggart

Butch Taggart

TAGG TEAM

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Birdies for a Cause

Team Captains

Allison Mitzel

Rachael Rollins

Team Captains

Rhonda Humiston

Tracy Neal

FRUITCAKES

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Café déjà vu

Team Captains

Brenda Martel

Tony Felch

Team Captain

Lisa Abreau

NAUGHTY

& NICE

Dream Team Supreme

Team Captains

Matt Resca

Ashley Riopel

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WYC Diving Ducks

Team Captains

Andrea Morin

Jason Bordeau

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Amoskeag Beverages

Team Captains

John Valliere

Tim Quinn

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Body Covers

Team Captain

Sarah Gray

King's Corner

Team Captains

Janet McKone

Eric Vachon

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Coldwell Banker

Team Captains

Susan Spooner

Kathy McLellan

Sue Ippolito

LITTERHOF

KENNEL

Team Captains

Brian Beetle

Lois Cole

5 - 9 Years

BPS

Team Captains

Keith McBey

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Lily's Angels

Team Captains

Bethany Davis

Angela Pickowicz

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Barstool Bankers

Team Captains

Becky Reposa

Stacy Trites

Jami Bourdeau

Kristi Maciejewski

Laconia Harley

Iron Butts

Team Captains

Lyndsey Cole

Nicki Snyder

Real Downtown Santas

Team Captains

 

Janine Page

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Verani Realty Reindeer

Team Captains

Greg Peverly

Deb Peverly

Susan Cummins

Mitch Hamel

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"A Snowball's Chance..."

Team Captains

Robin Rowe

Jennifer Karnan

Color Me Christmas

Team Captains

Jennifer Fielders

Richard Fielders

2 - 4 Years

We Got This Warriors

Team Captains

Cindy Audia

James Glover

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The Rising Suns

Team Captains

Rick Hopper

Julie Hirshan Hart

T-Bones & Cactus Jack's

Team Captains

Tanya Randolph

Kylie Auger

COMMUNITY UNITY

Team Captain

David Barth

CruCon Cruise Outlet

Team Captain

Mel Burton

Gilford Hills

Team Captain

Missi Perkins

Heidi Bourgeois

Kathy Peverly

Giuseppe's

Team Captain

Michael Bourgeois

Janice Beetle Books

Team Captain

Janice Beetle

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Rookie
Outstanding 
Participation 
Award 

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The Lakers

Team Captain

Ripley Forbes

Sally Small

Rookie
Top Dollar 
Team 

Leadership Lakes Region

Team Captains

Jennifer McLean

Jamie LaRoche

Cathy Sleeper

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Melcher & Prescott Insurance

Team Captain

Ashley Loprete

Karen Bald

Southern Wine

& Spirits

Team Captains

Teasa Wilkins

Heather Rankin

Brett Schuck

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Taylor Community

Team Captains

Gretchen Gandini

Heather Joubert

Water Street Cafe

Team Captains

Ted Roy

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Rookie Season

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Cross Insurance

Team Captain

Mark Cote

Team Captains

Jaimie Sousa

AUCTION ELVES

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Enlighten Wellness

Fitness

Team Captains

Denise Normandin

Julie Poudrier

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Laconia Police 

Department

Team Captain

Eric Adams

Xavier Group

Keller Williams

Team Captain

Rachel Xavier

XAVIER

GROUP

Team Captain

Shannon Buttermore

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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. The first IFTK Community Challenge raised $249,460 in 2020 - it's all for the kids!




Where does the money go?


In 2020 the Children’s Auction distributed $494,430 to 62 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 my team have to do?


Bottom line answer is to raise money - at least $2,500 - by December 9th, 2021. 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 listed on it. 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 in December?


No. But you don’t want to miss out. We’ll recognize, acknowledge and thank all the teams 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 2021 Chair Holly Ruggieri at hjruggieri@gmail.com or Challenge Committee member Allan Beetle at abeetle@metrocast.net




What if I have a donor that requires the donation go directly to the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction?


That's great! Please share the information below with them and ask them to reference the Community Challenge 2021, Your Name and Team Name, if possible. Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children 383 South Main Street Laconia NH 03246 Federal Tax ID# 47-3815882 Contact Information: Jennifer Kelley, Children's Auction Coordinator Email: info@childrensauction.com Phone: (603) 527-0999 It's helpful if you let us know that it is coming by emailing Jennifer. When the check arrives, she will let you know and deposit it into MVSB for your team.





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