LACONIA — The pace picked up on the second day of the 33rd annual Children's Auction which saw brisk bidding, including a lot of bids which were higher than the listed price of the items being auctioned. More than $33,000 was raised Tuesday.
And donations of items to be auctioned also picked up according to Mike Seymour, chairman of the board of trustees of the Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children, a nonprofit corporation which earlier this year took over ownership of the auction.
"We can still use more auction items, but if things flow as they usually do, we'll see a lot more donations over the next couple of days," said Seymour.
He said that while the auction is being run by a new organization, it is still essentially the same as it was in the past, with many familiar faces and volunteers and has the same format as in the past.
Above all, he stressed that the proceeds from the auction will be distributed among organizations within the communities whose members, both individuals and businesses, volunteer and donate to the auction.
He said that the change in ownership of the auction from NH 1 Media to the locally-run nonprofit opened up new possibilities for the auction, which for the first time ever has a presenting sponsor, CruCon Cruise Outlet of Moultonborough.
"Sandy Cleary and CruCon came up big for us. They gave us a big check as the presenting sponsor and the company's employees have donated hundreds of items which will be auctioned," said Seymour.
He encouraged people who want to make donations to stop by the Opechee Conference Center studio or call 293-4700. The auction is being telecast by Lakes Region Public Access Television on TV Channel 25 Metrocast. It is also being carried by Channel 12 Metrocast and broadcast live on FM stations, 104.9 The Hawk and WZEI 101.5, the auction's new radio partners.
Some 61 charities have applied for support from the auction with requests totaling $580,000.
Last year the auction raised $486,575, with nearly half of that coming from Pubmania, which gets underway at 9 a.m. at Patrick's Pub in Gilford today.
The auction runs through Saturday Dec. 12; from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit the auction's website at www.childrensauction.com.
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