2017 Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction sets recordsBy JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent December 11. 2017 12:38AM
BELMONT — The 36th Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction wrapped up on Saturday, having raised a record $539,153 to benefit charities throughout central New Hampshire.
Held at the Belknap Mall, the auction began Dec. 5 and ended four days later with the presentation of the largest single donation in its history: a check for $303, 630, courtesy of “Pub Mania.”
Founded in 2009 and billed as “the World’s Greatest Barstool Challenge,” the 24-hour Pub Mania at Patrick’s Pub & Eatery in Gilford involved 31 teams and 744 “culinary athletes,” several dozen of whom joined Allan Beetle, who co-owns Patrick’s with his brother Jeff, for the “reveal.”
As the black tarp covering the large plastic novelty check was removed, there were gasps on the auction set as it dawned on observers that the amount exceeded the Pub Mania record of $276,267 set just last year, by more than $27,000.
“Absolutely incredible,” said Mike Seymour, a director of the Children’s Auction and a former mayor of Laconia. “You guys (the Pub Maniacs) have figured it out,” he added, in terms of bringing together people from many backgrounds for a common purpose, “We love you all.”
Auction Chairman Sandy Marshall said the money raised by Pub Mania and the auction will be disbursed as soon as this Friday.
Last year, the auction gave out $440,000 to agencies in the Lakes, Newfound, Pemi-Baker and Twin Rivers regions, but received requests totaling $750,000. Marshall called the Pub Maniacs “an incredible group of people” who went “above and beyond” in their generosity to the community.
Wearing a sweatshirt that bore the legend “It takes a pub,” Beetle and his fellow Pub Maniacs serenaded Marshall with the “Pub Mania” theme song whose chorus is “the maniacs answer the call.”