LACONIA — Grace McNamara, station manager for Lakes Region Public Access Television since July, says that she is looking forward to being a part of the annual Children's Auction for the first time ever.
"I'm really excited about our live coverage of such an fantastic event which involves hundreds of volunteers from the community,'' says McNamara Monday as she helped set up the cameras which will be providing coverage starting at nine o'clock this morning.
The 33rd annual Children's Auction, which runs through Saturday, will be telecast by LRPA-TV on TV Channel 25 Metrocast. It will also be 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.
McNamara said that about 45 students from the Huot Center at Laconia High School will be helping out during the auction, as well as about 20 LRPA-TV supporters.
''I'm really impressed by how well organized this event is and how the volunteer efforts are coordinated,'' says McNamara.
This will mark the the first time that the auction, now in its 33rd year, will be under the direction of the Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children, a nonprofit corporation which earlier this year took sole ownership of the "Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction."
Since the first auction in 1982, which was conducted singlehandedly by Warren Bailey of WLNH, the auction has been effectively owned and operated by the radio station and its owners. Earlier this year, volunteers who devoted their time and energy to the success of the event reassessed the relationship with the station and chose to vest ownership of the auction in a nonprofit corporation — the Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children.
Mike Seymour, chairman of the board of trustees, says that the format of the action will be largely unchanged and that there will be many familiar faces, including Bailey, Pat Kelly and Chris Ialuna.
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 the popular Pubmania event hosted by Patrick's Pub.
The auction runs from today 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.
Getting ready for the 33rd annual Children's Auction, which gets underway today at 9 a.m. from the Lake Opechee Conference Center, are Ed Darling, long-time volunteer; Zack Derby, program director for FM stations, 104.9 The Hawk and WZEI 101.5 , which will broadcast the auction; Grace McNamara. station manager for Lakes Region Public Access Television, which will televise ; Tony Felch, auction volunteer, and Zack Horne, LRPA technician. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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Ed Darling, long-time volunteer for the Children's Auction, greets Grace McNamara, station manager for Lakes Region Public Access Television, who will be in charge of the live broadcast of the auction, and Zack Derby, program director for FM stations, 104.9 The Hawk and WZEI 101.5 , which will broadcast the auction and are the auction's new radio partners. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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