To the editor,

On December 10, over 650 customers of Patrick’s Pub & Eatery participated in the first ever “Pub Mania” in support of the WLNH Children’s Auction. Inspired by ‘Mad Dog’ Mike Gallagher and the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club’s "Cycle Mania", "Pub Mania" was billed as a “24-hour barstool challenge”.

For 24 continuous hours beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 10, Patrick’s reserved 27 barstools for this event. Team captains volunteered and committed to filling a team of 24 participants (1 person per hour) and raising a minimum of $1,000. Patrick’s, along with event sponsors, local businesses and area musicians provided the team members with food, beverage, entertainment, special guests, fun games and activities for 24 hours. Funds raised via teams, sponsorships and T-shirt sales were passed directly to the Children’s Auction. In addition, Patrick’s donated 20-percent of their gross sales for the day.

We were all thrilled to present a check for $47,000 to the WLNH Children’s Auction!

Teams competed for special honors including “Most Money Raised” and “Outstanding Team Performance”. Laconia Athletic & Swim Club and Steve Smith & Friends were the two teams tied for the most funds raised, with each team raising over $3,700. In addition, Milligan’s Island (Daniels Electric) and The Spinners (Meineke Muffler) raised over $2,400. “It’s Good to be King” team, captained by Judi and Butch Taggart, captured the “Outstanding Team Performance” award. Teams earning “honorable mention” include Team LMS (Laconia Middle School) captained by Brian Connelly, Streetcar Company captained by John and Linda Shelley, Gilford Professional Firefighters captained by Scott Mooney and LASC, captained by Tom Oakley.

In addition to the teams mentioned above, we would like to thank and acknowledge the remaining teams and team captains for their spirit and enthusiasm: Lahey Landscaping with captains Janet Mckone and Katie Whitney; Sherkanowski Drywall and captains Chris and Heidi Sherkanowski; Coldwell Banker and captain Shawn Bailey; Patrick’s Pub Bitchin’ Kitchen Crew and captain Stephanie Kirk; The Stool Pigeons and captain Brian Beetle; Amoskeag Distributors and captain John Valliere; MC Cycles and captains Myles Chase and Mick Palmiter; the 2009 Auction Elves captained by Rocky Pembroke; NH Leathernecks MC and captain Ken Anderson; Gilford Home Center and captain Corey Lofblad; Trauma Team and captain Kyle Davis; Patrick’s Pub Bar Fly’s and captain Carol Haddock; Body Covers and captain Sarah Gray; Fratello’s and captain Chris McDonough; 19th Hole at LCC and captains Dan Wilkins and Todd Rollins; Patrick’s Pub and captain Pearl Coyman; The Yankees and captain Steven Glencross; Sitting Santa’s and captain Marcie Miller; Bar Hum Bugs and captain Patty Coates.

Sixteen hours of continuous live entertainment was provided at no cost by our musician friends as follows: Rewind Barbershop Quartet; Don ‘SEV’ Severance; Mike Bourgeois; Justin Jaymes; Jeff Lines; Eric Gagne & Resonant Soul; the Eric Grant Band; Greg Miner and the Rock-On Band; Rick Page, Paul Warnick and Paul Luff; Cody James and Relevation; Ken Anderson and Friends. In addition, we had special guest Miss Lakes Region Erica Millet helping raise money via 50/50 raffles, Mark Chamberlin of Game Time Trivia; Laurie Oakley leading Barstool Yoga (really!), and Bingo by Sarah of Bodycovers.

Food & Beverage sponsors and other local business sponsors included Drouin Home Builders, Laconia Refrigeration, CCI, Notso Costley Productions, O’Du’s Hair Salon, Gator Signs, US Foods, Sysco, Amoskeag Beverages, Woodstock Brewery, NH Distributors, Hannaford Supermarket, The Gourmet Food Barn and Pork-eez Pig Roast & BBQ. In addition, Body Covers Screen Printing & Embroidery designed and donated 150 T Shirts to the event.

Finally, we thank our staff at Patrick’s for handling the 24-hour production and keeping the participants well fed and happy. In particular, bartenders Katie Whitney, Chris Young and Janet McKone logged some long hours through the early morning. Referees Wendy Beetle, Jennifer Beetle and Jennifer Bailey went the full distance, setting the tone of the event for a full 24 hours and more!

To all of these people who helped to make this event such a fun time and a resounding success, we thank you. Your participation and generosity came together to make a huge difference here in our community.

Allan & Jeff Beetle, owners

Patrick's Pub & Eatery

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