Dec 15, 2014 6:27 PM

NH1 Children's Auction raises more than $486,000 for local charities

LACONIA - It's a huge community effort. Five days, thousands of auction items, hundreds of volunteers. It all adds up to a fundraiser like no other.

The NH1 Children's Auction in Laconia wrapped up on Saturday with its second highest totals in the auction's 32 year history. It raised $486,575. More than $235,000. of that came from the Pub Mainia fundraiser.

All of the money raised goes to a long list of local charities - up to 40 or 50 of them. Thousands of children will benefit. Some right away, some all year long.

Binnie Media General Manager Mike Trombly said, "Places like the got lunch programs in Laconia and surrounding towns as well, the Tilton Northfield Santa Fund is another that's helped out by making sure the children have coats to wear and gifts under the tree. There are several Santa funds, and the Salvation Army is an organization that we help out."

Last year the auction raised a little more, over $510,000. But last year the Lakes Region Home Builder's Association built a home and donated $90,000. from the sale.

Many in the lakes region say it's not the Christmas season until the Children's Auction arrives. The even is an overwhelming display of charity and community involvement.


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