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More than 1,500 volunteers came together to raise $489,435

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction Board of Directors, it is my great privilege to say thank you to this incredible community for your generosity of time, resources, items and money.

It is truly an honor to be part of such a community and to watch more than 1,500 volunteers between the Auction and Pub Mania who contributed to raise $489,435. Thank you to all the businesses and people who sponsored and supported this incredible event.

It would take the whole paper to acknowledge everyone who helped out, but there are a few key businesses and people we need to recognize. Thank you to Jim and Bonnie Contigiani and Contigiani's Catering and Event Center for letting us completely take over their space for a week during their busiest season.

Thank you, Sandy Cleary and CruCon Cruise Outlet for being our presenting sponsor as well as donating a truckload of auction items. Thank you to RJ and Bridget Harding of Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion for giving us their staff for a week and providing all the technical support needed to keep the phone banks, website, and bid boards always moving. Many thanks to MetroCast and Steve Mazzaschi for wiring the building so we could broadcast, the multitude of items they donated, and beautiful ads they created on social media to remind folks why it's important to support the auction. Thank you to LRPA, Grace McNamara, Shane, the Huot students and community members for keeping us live every minute.

Thank you to Allan Beetle and the whole crew from Patrick's for an amazingly successful Pub Mania. To Zack Derby and the crew from Great Eastern Radio who tirelessly kept us on track and moving forward, many thanks.

The Auction Board will hand out the first series of checks on Dec. 14 so that our Greater Lakes Region Children will have warm clothes, food and Christmas gifts.

Again, our most heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your commitment to our success.

Wishing you all a blessed Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

Sandy Marshall, Chair

Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction

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It is such a warm feeling when people come together for children

To The Daily Sun,

Christmas Village would like to thank all those members of the community who donated cookies after the recent "cookie caper." Your generosity allowed all those who visited Christmas Village to enjoy the special treat as part of their magical experience. It is such a warm feeling when people come together for the children.

Merry Christmas!
The Elves of Christmas Village

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