Children's Auction distributed $345k to 33 different groups

LACONIA — The Board of Directors of the nonprofit WLNH Children's Auction announced yesterday that it has distributed $345,000 of the $416,500 raised in 2012 among 33 charitable and non-profit organizations in the Lakes Region.
In a statement accompanying the allocation, the directors explained that last year they undertook a thorough review of the distribution process to ensure that the missions of the agencies being funded matched that of the auction. In the course of the review, the board found that over the years the work of the organizations aligned with the goals of the auction and fell into three general categories.
The first category, designated "A," consists of organizations that address the fundamental and immediate needs of children for food, clothing, shelter and hygiene. "B," the second category, includes organizations that provide services and programs to alleviate the conditions and circumstances that breed the need for basic assistance and services for children. Capital projects that improve the lives of children or enhance the work of the agencies make up the third category, "C."
As the committee prepared its recommendations for allocating the proceeds it decided to create a fourth category,"D," that aimed to widen opportunities for children to attend camps, participate in programs and play sports.
Applying these criteria, the committee recommended and the board approved allotting $142,000, or 41-percent of the total, to category "A," $155,000, or 46-percent to category "B," $16,580, or 5-percent and $27,000, or 8-percent.
The 14 organizations in category "A" with their awards were: Salvation Army ($5,000), Got Lunch! Laconia ($15,000), Gilford Police Relief Association ($5,000), Mrs. Santa Fund of Alton ($5,500), Laconia Police Relief Family Fund ($15,000), Belmont Police Explorers Santa's Little Helpers ($3,000), St. Vincent dePaul Children's Foundation ($40,000), Christmas Village ($2,500), Baby Threads ($2,500), Inter-Lakes Giving Tree (($1,000), Greater Lakes Region Santa Fund ($20,000), Tilton-Northfield-Sanbornton Santa Fund ($20,000), Got Lunch-Inter-Lakes ($5,000) and Genesis Behavioral Health ($2,500).
In category "B" there were nine beneficiaries: Child and Family Services ($15,000). Appalachian Mountain Teen Project ($15,000), Boys and Girlsd Club of the Lakes Region ($15,000), Central New Hampshire Visiting Nurse Association Pediatric Program ($30,000), Health First Family Care Center - Franklin ($15,000), Lakes Region Community Services ($15,000), Lakes Region Child Care Services ($30,000), Laconia Area Community Land Trust ($10,000) and Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center ($10,000).
The recipients in category "C" were: Franklin Parks and Recreation Department ($5,000), Winnipesaukee Skating Club ($5,000) and Winnipesaukee Playhouse ($6,580).
In category "D" funds were awarded to: Prescott Farm ($2,500), Tapply Thompson Community Center ($5,000), Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council ($5,000), Winnipesaukee Playhouse ($5,000), Project EXTRA! ($5,000), Laconia Education Endowment Foundation ($2,500) and Rich Velasquez Youth Sports Equipment Foundation ($2,000).
The directors have held $1,000 in the account for the Doris Makely Memorial Sharing Smiles Scholarship.
Likewise, a share of the proceeds have been kept in reserve in the event of an emergency in the community, while other funds have been earmarked to fund an independent audit of the auction.