What is this event all about and why would I want to participate?
The Community Challenge is a pandemic-proof revision and transformation of Pub Mania, which raised over $2.3 million for the Children’s Auction over 11 years. It is all about raising money, giving children and families a helping hand and being part of something fun and exciting that makes a significant impact in our community.
In 2020, the first Community Challenge raised $249,460. Since it's inception, the Challenge has raised a total of $886,302 - It's for the Kids!
Where does the money go?
In 2022 the Children’s Auction distributed $532,00 to 60 charitable organizations serving children and families, providing food, clothing, shelter, hygienic needs and Christmas gifts; funding non-profits working to provide basic and extended services for children; funding capital initiatives that improve the lives of children; and funding educational and recreational opportunities for children that could otherwise not afford. See entire list here.
What would my team have to do?
Bottom line answer is to raise money - at least $2,500 - by December 8th, 2023. We support and encourage over-achievement!
How many people do I need on my team?
You can have a team of 1, but it’s more fun to have a team of 10 and crazy fun to have a team of 100!
Speaking of fun, how can I make this fun for my team?
Now you’re talking!! The sky is the limit on this one. Fun fundraisers are the best. Create your own team shirts and make sure to have some fun team parties as well. Have your team participate in the Light-Up Laconia Holiday Parade. Encourage team members to participate in the Pub Mania Shuffle and other team building, fun fundraising events. Be creative and be careful not to over commit – we want you to play “Plus $1” next year!
Stay tuned for the 2023 Challenge Contest - a friendly team competition
How can you help us be successful fundraising?
For starters, we have one of the best fundraising platforms available to you called GiveGab. We’ll build a basic team page for you, but you can customize it with your pictures and message to maximize its effectiveness. Encourage your team members to build their own personal page which adds to the team goal. Check out these links for a GiveGab tutorial and additional Fundraising Ideas.
Where do we take the donations we receive?
You can deposit cash and checks at any Meredith Village Savings Bank, using the deposit slip and procedures listed on it. We will then add these deposit amounts to your Team (or personal) GiveGab page so that you can always see your Team's fundraising total.
What if I have a donor that requires the donation go directly to the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction?
Please share the information below with them and ask them to reference the Community Challenge 2023, Your Name and Team Name, if possible.
Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children
383 South Main Street
Laconia NH 03246
Federal Tax ID# 47-3815882
Jennifer Kelley, Children's Auction Coordinator
Phone: (603) 527-0999
It's helpful if you let us know that it is coming by emailing Jennifer. When the check arrives, she will let you know and deposit it into MVSB for your team.
Why wouldn’t we just make our own check presentation to the Children’s Auction?
It’s all about the kids, so we’re thankful however you prefer to raise funds for the Children’s Auction! However, if you want to be part of an exciting network of committed teams and individuals who are working together to achieve big things, then the Challenge might be the way to go.
The Children’s Auction and Challenge committee will work to recognize and support each team throughout the year, with press, radio, social media and live on-air interviews at the auction.