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Pub Mania raises $353,000 in its 10th year

Pub Maniacs gather for a photo around the big check presented to the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
December 12, 2018
For the 10th year, teams returned to Patrick's Pub and Eatery another 24 hours of bar sitting, music, fun, friends, and helping out the kids of the Lakes Region.

Pub Mania started back up on Thursday morning with teams taking barstools for a 24 hour period. A day after closing ceremonies, Pub Mania presented a check for $353,361 to the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction: exceeding last year's number by around $50,000.

Opening ceremonies kicked off the event on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Patrick's co-owner, Allan Beetle, said opening ceremonies paid a special tribute to his dad Harvey Beetle, who passed away this year. There was also a new team called Harvey's Harmonizers, which paid tribute to Harvey.

A whole schedule of activities took place during the 24 hours. Pub Mania featured 14 hours of live music with a huge roster of musicians who all donated their time to perform at Pub Mana. When the bar closed at 1 a.m. contests went on through the morning.

The event ended with closing ceremonies around 8 a.m. on Friday. A busload of kids from the Girls and Boys Club of the Lakes Region came to the ceremonies, an organization that has received a good Beetle said they took some time to talk about how they can make the event stretch into the future and even more sustainable. As the Children's Auction had its 37th year, Beetle said they talked about how they would sustain Pub Mania for its 37th year.

"We had never dreamed we could have raised almost $2 million in 10 years," Beetle said.

They also collected over 20,000 food items that will go to local pantries such as St. Vincent de Paul in Laconia, the Lakes Region Food Pantry in Moultonborough, and others.

Pub Mania started in 2008 inspired by Cycle Mania at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club, where a cyclist rode for 24 hours. Beetle said they came up with their own event, this time involving sitting at a bar.

"It really was their concept transferred to a barstool," Beetle said.

The first Pub Mania raised around $47,000.

"We were blown away, we were crying when we counted it up," Beetle said.

He said over the past 10 years they have met so many different people and made many friends through Pub Mania.

Beetle recognized the team captains for all their efforts in making this event possible.

"The team captains are pretty extraordinary people," Beetle said. "They're very generous and they're very passionate and they're very committed to their community."

Tagg Team has been part of Pub Mania since the beginning. Co-captain Butch Taggert said he is a regular at Patrick's and learned of the coming Pub Mania there.

"I thought it was very interesting and felt that it certainly has a lot of promise," Taggert said.

He said when they raised that much in the first year, "We thought we were on top of the world" and never imagined how much further they would go.

Taggert said it is an amazing experience to help out these kids from younger children through teenagers.

"It's great to be able to pull people together and in this way in our community," Taggert said.

Brenda Martel and her team Cafe Deja Vu started with Pub Mania in 2009. Martel said they heard about Pub Mania and the great things it accomplished, wanting to be a part of it.

"It's such a high with the money that we're raising and the kids and families that we're helping," Martel said.

Cafe Deja Vu is typically one of the highest earning teams. Martel said she is really proud of her team, they work all year to raise money and in fact have already started planning for next year.

"They put their heart and soul into it as do all the Pub Maniacs," Martel said.

The Pub Maniacs will reunite for a banquet on Dec. 17 and the top teams will be recognized.

"It's very inspiring," Beetle said. "The world is such a tumultuous, negative place, if you focus on our community it will restore your faith in humanity."

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