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5th Annual Pub Mania raises $177,545 for Children’s Auction

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."

For more information about the event, visit www.Facebook.com/PatricksPubNH or www.patrickspub.com/pubmania.php or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:15

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Meredith Lions Club Collecting Eyeglasses

MEREDITH — The Meredith Lions Club has boxes set up locally to collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids.

A box is now at the front of the new Rite-Aid on Route 25. Boxes are also at the Meredith Public Library, the Chamber of Commerce , the Main branch of Meredith Village Savings Bank, the Visiting Nurse's office and the Meredith Community Center. The birdhouse wooden box in the Dump Store at the Meredith transfer station is also a drop off
spot.

The club also accepts donations to help defray the cost of shipping to the recycling center. To learn more about Lions contact www.lionsclubs.org or check then out on Facebook.

Earlier this month members decorated a Christmas tree for the Altrusa's Festival of Trees. The theme was Golden Splendor and was donated. The club also contributed to the Inter-Lakes Santa Fund to assist a family in need.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:58

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Hermit Woods Seeks Support through Crowd Funding on Kickstarter

MEREDITH — The owners of Hermit Woods Winery have created a zany video and posted it on www.Kickstarter.com, a crowd-funding website, to ask for public support.

Hermit Woods opened just three years ago in the home of one of the owners, Bob Manley. Since then, they have achieved a great deal of success and their business has grown. "We cannot make another bottle of wine in our small basement and our tasting room is often full to capacity." "We realized that to continue to produce high quality local wine and serve our customers in the manner they have become accustomed, we needed to find another location," says Bob Manley, one of the three partners who started the business.

To that end, the three partners enlisted the help of Ellen Mulligan (their Real Estate Agent), Meredith Village Savings Bank, and Belknap County Economic Development to locate and purchase a new home for their winery. Having found what they report to be the ideal location, a downtown Meredith building located at 72 Main Street, they have begun the process of transforming the building into their winery. "The building has good bones but needed a lot of work," said Bob. "As with many large projects of this type, we have underestimated the scope and are running out of funds to see the project through."

This is where Kickstarter comes in. Bob and his partners have turned to this popular crowd-funding site as a means to raise the final capital they need to finish their tasting room. They have set an ambitious goal of $28,000 which they claim will see them through to the finish, but have until January 10 to raise the money or they will not get a dime.

"We would not be here today if it was not for the generous support of our friends, family, and the many thousands of people who have visited our winery since we opened. We have known from the beginning that we could not do this alone, and now more than ever, we need your help," says Bob.

You can learn about their project by visiting www.kickstarter.com and searching for Hermit Woods Winery, or by visiting www.hermitwoods.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/hermitwoods. If you happen to be in Meredith, stick your head in the door at 72 Main Street. If one of the owners is there, they would be happy to show you around and tell you about their plans.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:49

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Rotary Members want to fill Plymouth Common Man Food Donation Box

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Rotary Club member Moe Lafreniere, CFO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants,, created a Food Donation Box located at the Plymouth Common Man Inn and Restaurant (where Plymouth Rotary meets every morning at 7 a.m.)

. Moe urges members of the club and like-minded community members to join him in filling the box many times over. In the spirit of holiday giving and following the lead of the Common Man's initiatives to "Do Good" in the community, the Food Donation Box will be accessible in the lobby right through the holidays.

If it is more convenient, community members may also send a check of support to the Plymouth Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 393, Plymouth, New Hampshire with "food support" listed in the memo. At the end of the food drive, the Plymouth Rotary will ensure that the food collected, and the monies received, will benefit those who need it most.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:22

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