GILFORD — On December 12 and 13, Patrick's Pub & Eatery of Gilford, will host the fifth Pub Mania, a 24-hour barstool challenge, to raise money for the WLNH Children's Auction. The Pub Mania event has raised over $384,000 in the first four years with a goal this year of surpassing the $165,300 raised in 2012. In addition to the money raised, the event collected 5,724 food items for the local food pantry at St. Vincent de Paul
The WLNH Children's Auction is held every December in Laconia, NH. After raising $2,100 in its first year over 31 years ago, the Children's Auction has now raised over $2 million dollars. 100 percent of the funds are donated to local charities focusing on children's basic needs. The event's success is due to the more than 700 spirited and committed volunteers that produce this unique community event.
For the Pub Mania event, Patrick's reserves 30 barstools for teams of 24 participants, one for every hour around the clock beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Teams compete for special honors including "Most Money Raised" and "Outstanding Team Performance".
"Pub Mania, inspired by Laconia Athletic & Swim Club's 'Cycle Mania', is the most fun and successful fundraiser by far. " stated Patrick's co-owner, Allan Beetle. "The level of enthusiasm and excitement and the spirit of giving that everyone brings to this event is inspiring."
Patrick's, along with event sponsors, local businesses and area musicians will provide participants, or "culinary athletes"' with food, beverage, entertainment, special guests, fun games and more. With 30 teams and 24 members on each team, there will be a total of 720 Pub Mania participants, affectionately known as Pub Maniacs. All of the funds raised via teams, sponsorships, T-shirt sales and raffles will be passed directly to the WLNH Children's Auction. In addition, Patrick's will be donating 20 percent of their gross sales for the day.
"We see the WLNH Children's Auction as one of the most impactful community events and we take pride, like the entire community does, in being a part of it," says Beetle.