PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's Angel Tree Project provided nearly 700 gifts to area children for this year's Christmas season. The Angel Tree Project partners with 14 Plymouth-area schools and non-profit agencies to provide gifts for youth and teens during the holiday season. PSU Community Service Advisor Linda Corriveau '11G, said this year's Angel tree project started with 275 gift requests, a significant increase over past years.
"For many of the kids receiving these gifts, it makes Christmas morning a little bit happier," Corriveau said. "Whether it's faculty, staff or students, they're looking for a way to give back to others in their community; for a lot of students, they know they are very fortunate so they want to take care of a kid at Christmas."
Plymouth State started the Angel Tree Project in 1994, during the past twenty years thousands of underprivileged children have received Christmas gifts due to the generosity of PSU students, staff, faculty and community members.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:39
GILFORD — On December 11th and 12th, Patrick's Pub & Eatery of Gilford hosted their 6th Pub Mania, a 24-hour Barstool Challenge to benefit the NH1 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 $235,595, bringing the Children's Auction total to $486,575.
Beating last years' donation by more than $58,000, Pub Mania has now raised a cumulative total of over $797,000 in its first 6 years, 100% which is aimed at benefiting children and families in the greater Lakes Region of NH. In addition to the money raised, the Pub Mania teams also delivered over 5,551 food items over the past year for 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 three coveted awards: Top Dollar Award, Feeding Families Award and Outstanding Team Award.
The top three teams raised over $60,000, including Supreme Marine's Dream Team with captain Matt Resca, Café Déjà Vu team, captained by Benda Ferland and Tony Felch, and newcomer Team BPS, captained by Randy Remick and Keith McBey, who raised the most money of any single team this year with a total of almost $25,000. "Team BPS had a blast this year and we're looking forward to next year! Who knew you could have this much fun helping kids and families! Hats off to all of the Pub Mania teams" exclaimed Team Captain Randy Remick (and also President of Bonnette, Page & Stone of Laconia).
"We encourage teams to be creative with their fundraising 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!" explains Beetle.
The team from Laconia Country Club's 19th Hole, captained by Lucy Jacobsen, which raised almost $11,000, was also the winner of the Feeding Families Award, bringing 3,361 food items to the food pantry.
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 began with Opening Ceremonies at 9am Thursday and finished on Friday at 9am with an emotional Closing Ceremony, including 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 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., featuring a variety of local talent, including Don Severance & Paul Luff; Michael Bourgeois; Justin Jaymes; Paul Costley with Jimmy Magoon & Marcelle Caron; Paul Warnick with Whit Privett, Rick Page & Jonathan Lorentz (Phil N The Blanks); Eric Grant, Paul DiBiaso, Mark Phanuef, Chris Edris, Mike Salois & Kelsey Salois (The Eric Grant Band); Ken Anderson, Rick Clogston & 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 (with Comedian Rob Steen) Lip Sync Contest, Barstool Yoga (with Tammy Levesque of Laconia Athletic & Swim Club), Arts and Crafts and more.
90% 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% of their gross sales for the day. "The team captains are an unbelievably fun and committed group of people who fill their team with great people and work with them throughout the year to exceed their donations from the previous year" said Pub Mania referee Shawn Bailey. "We are truly moved and inspired by their generosity and spirit".
Pub Mania organizers have scheduled their Banquet for January 22 at Patrick's, where teams will be recognized for their achievements and plans made for next year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:32
LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive group is happy to be a long running participant in the Toys for Tots program and encourages the Lakes Region community to help families less fortunate have a great Christmas and receive something special. Drop offs can be made at both Irwin Toyota Scion at 59 Bisson Ave and Irwin Hyundai at 446 Union Ave in Laconia.
The new toy which millions of needy children receive each Christmas from Marines, through the Toys for Tots program, delivers a message of hope. Economically disadvantaged children who receive toys through the Toys for Tots program have an opportunity to observe firsthand how young men and women, just like themselves, have achieved success. Youngsters readily recognize that Marines achieve their success through adherence to the highest standards of discipline, grooming, patriotism, physical fitness and moral character. These excellent role models are setting an example for others to emulate.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:11
BELMONT -- In an effort to keep delivered holiday packages safe and received by the intended recipient the Belmont Police is urging town residents to take a few steps to protect deliveries.
In light of the recent news events around the country and state where delivered packages are being stolen by "Porch Pirates," police say it is prudent to know a few tips to prevent such thefts of opportunity.
For example, if possible have items shipped to a work place to ensure someone will be available to receive an item.
Use delivery companies' tracking apps to keep an eye on the progress of a parcel to have some idea of when to expect a delivery.
When placing an order some delivery companies add a space for special handling instructions. This is where the recipient can ask that the parcel be placed around back of a residence or at an out-of-sight location on the property, perhaps a shed or garage area.
Those who live in an apartment or condo complex can request that if no one is home to receive a parcel that a notice of delivery be posted. That allows you to go to the delivering agency and retrieve the parcel at your convenience.
Being a good neighbor is important. Those who see something out of the ordinary should tell someone. During this busy season delivery companies are using rental trucks to help keep up the high volume of delivery, but if someone should see a vehicle at a neighbor's taking things away that is something to note and report.
When out shopping it is always a good idea to keep items out of sight in a vehicle when it is parked by placing them in the trunk or in the rear of the vehicle. Not everyone in a parking area is there to shop, police point out, and some looking for the right opportunity to steal things.
Park vehicles in a well lit area at night. When walking to a vehicle have the key fob handy with a finger ready to hit the panic button if urgent help should be needed.
To help combat and deter theft the Belmont police have stepped up patrols as well as being highly visible in and around our shopping and retail areas.
Police urge the public to call them at 267-8350 if they spot suspicious activity, callers may remain anonymous.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:36
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