GILFORD — On December 12th and 13th, Patrick's Pub and Eatery hosted its 5th annual Pub Mania 24-hour Barstool Challenge, to benefit the WLNH Children's Auction. On the final day of the auction, Patrick's co-owner Allan Beetle, flanked by Team Captains, participants and volunteers, presented a check to the Children's Auction for $177,545 and helping the Children's Auction raise an all-time record of $510,801.
Beating last years' donation by more than $12,000, Pub Mania once again is the single largest donation ever received by the auction. Pub Mania has now raised a cumulative total of $562,000 in its first 5 years, 100 percent of which is aimed at benefiting children and families in the Lakes Region of NH. In addition to the money raised, the Pub Mania event collected over 4,500 food items which were taken to the food pantry at St. Vincent de Paul.
"The Children's Auction is a truly amazing event that brings people to action on behalf of others" said organizer and Patrick's co-owner Allan Beetle. "Pub Mania brings out that spirit. Our goal is to make an impact in our community and to have lots of people participate with us in that effort".
Inspired by Laconia Athletic & Swim Club's "Cycle Mania", Patrick's reserves bar stools to teams that commit to filling the stool with a different team member each hour of the event. With 30 teams and 24 people per team, the event has 720 "Culinary Athletes" participating. Each participant raises funds for their respective teams, with teams enjoying a healthy competition for two coveted awards: Top Dollar Award and Outstanding Team Award.
Three teams combined to raise more than $50,000, including Laconia Country Club's 19th Hole with team Captain Lucy Jacobsen and Supreme Marine's Dream Team with Team Captain Matt Resca. The Café Déjà Vu team, captained by Benda Ferland and Tony Felch, once again raised the most money of any single team this year with a total over $20,000. "We have an amazing team of committed people" said Ferland. "We know that this money will make a difference in our community. We have already started working on 2014 and hope to raise at least $1 more than this year!"
"We encourage teams to create fun and unique events throughout the year" explains Beetle. Many participants simply share what it is they are up to and ask for a small donation. The numbers really add up!"
Patrick's provides the venue, event management, food, non-alcoholic beverages and a variety of entertainment throughout the 24 hours to each of the 720 participants, including live music, games and contests. The event ended with a closing ceremony featuring a visit by Children's Auction founder Warren Bailey.
"What a truly special event that Patrick's has put together. All of us at the Children's Auction are completely inspired by their contribution" said Bailey.
Pub Mania featured 14 hours of live entertainment, featuring a variety of local talent, including Don Severance and Paul Luff; Michael Bourgeois; Justin Jaymes; Paul Costley with Jimmy Magoon and Marcelle Caron; Paul Warnick with Whit Privett, Rick Page and Jonathan Lorentz; Matt Langley, Steve Monfet and Dave Hamilton; Ken Anderson and Rick Clogston and Skip Moyer (Red Hat Band).
During the early morning hours, a variety of activities were organized for each hour including Karaoke (with DJ Jason), Comedy Hour, Talent Contest, Barstool Yoga (with Lori Oakley of Laconia Athletic & Swim Club), Arts and Crafts and more.
Nine-tenths of the funds raised came from the 30 teams, with additional monies coming from sponsorships, raffles and T-shirt sales. Pub Mania T-Shirts were created and donated by Body Covers Screen Printing of Laconia. In addition, Patrick's donated 20 percent of their gross sales for the day.
"The team captains are an unbelievably fun and dedicated group of people who put in the time to fill their team with great people and work with them throughout the year to exceed their donations from last year" said Pub Mania referee Jennifer Beetle. "We are truly moved and inspired by their generosity and spirit".
Pub Mania organizers have scheduled their banquet for January 20 at Patrick's, where teams will be recognized for their achievements and plans made for next year. "The bar is set awfully high" said Jennifer Beetle. "We have our work cut out for us in 2014."