By: Adam Drapcho, The Laconia Daily Sun
Pub Mania, the Patrick’s Pub barstool challenge that will be held for its tenth consecutive year in December, has been selected as New Hampshire’s nominee for an annual award given out by the National Restaurant Association.
The Restaurant Neighbor Award is a way to honor positive contributions that eateries make to their communities, and the Restaurant Association took note of Patrick’s achievement of raising more than $1.6 million to benefit local children.
If Patrick’s wins the national competition, the business will be awarded a $10,000 grant that it can give to the nonprofit organization of its choosing.
“Which would be a hard choice,” said Allan Beetle, one of the owners of Patrick’s. Pub Mania challenges teams of participants to occupy a barstool for a 24-hour period. The teams compete to raise the most money, with some teams working year-round to collect donations. At the conclusion of the event, the donations are pooled together and contributed to the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction, which in turn distributes its funds to charitable efforts that benefit local children.
Last year, Pub Mania raised more than $300,000, which helped the Children’s Auction set a fundraising record of $539,153.
This makes the third time that Patrick’s Pub has been nominated for the Restaurant Neighbor award. The business was nominated in 2008 and again in 2013, but has yet to be selected as the New Hampshire winner.
Beetle said it is gratifying to be nominated, and that the success of the event has to do with the friendly spirit of cooperation that drives the team leaders to outdo one another, all for the good of the community.
“It’s just so rare to have an event that is so productive in terms of fundraising,” he said. “It has been the chemistry of the Children’s Auction, the teams, the team leaders that have stepped up. The average team has raised $7,000 to $8,000; that’s a lot of work.”
Though Pub Mania is the most productive of the charitable efforts at Patrick’s, it’s certainly not the only one. The restaurant has built a reputation as a willing community partner for local organizations looking for a way to raise money. That reputation didn’t come by accident, said Beetle.
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