BELMONT — AFL, a manufacturer of fiber optic cable and accessories, is helping to sponsor the televised portion of the annual WLNH Children's Auction which raises funds for a number of community organizations in the central New Hampshire area.
Seán Adam, general manager for AFL's Noyes test and inspection division, presented the sponsorship funds to Denise Beauchaine, executive director for Lakes Region Public Access (LRPA), an organization that provides public access services to towns and cities. The sponsorship is made possible by AFL's Community Outreach Program.
"The annual Children's Auction has become a major campaign in this area dedicated to improving the lives of area children in need or at risk," commented Adam. "With early intervention and support by these organizations and programs, children who might otherwise 'fall through the cracks' can receive help and support from the community and, in the long run, be guided toward productive and rewarding lives."
Over the past 31 years, more than $2 million has been raised for local charities, all through volunteer efforts, community donations and corporate sponsorships. Nonprofit organizations that have benefited include the Salvation Army, Greater Lakes Region Santa Fund, Laconia and Gilford Police Departments Relief Family Funds, St. Vincent de Paul Children's Foundation, Genesis Behavioral Health, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Central NH VNA Pediatric Program, Lakes Region Child Care Services, Greater Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center, and the Health First Family Care Center.
The Children's Auction is scheduled for today through Saturday on LRPA, and will be televised in its entirety. Those who want to watch the auction can tune into MetroCast, channel 25, or watch online at www.lrpa.org. Click on the "Watch CH25 Live!" link to access the live video stream. For more information about the Children's Auction, visit www.childrensauction.com.
AFL's Community Outreach Program was created in response to the growing need for support in our communities and the desire to make a difference. The program consists of grants, employee engagement projects, tree planting initiatives and more.