The Groomsmith to celebrate 1-year anniversary, support The Chase Home

 

MacDonald, Maerder, and Shaffer-Rais_ The GroomsmithLocated at 28 Deer St. in Portsmouth, The Groomsmith will host a 1-year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 5 from 10 am to 4 pm with proceeds from all haircuts to benefit The Chase Home.

The Groomsmith is owned by Reed Maerder, who along with brother and manager Zach will additionally provide cuts to male youth who live at The Chase Home. The event is hosted in partnership with J. Hilburn stylists, Graham Shaffer-Rais and Bill MacDonald.

“It’s been a great first year, and we want to pay it forward by supporting The Chase Home,” said Reed, who said their grand opening last year also benefited the nonprofit agency.

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves nearly 300 at-risk youth and families annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs.

At the event, which will feature be a variety of raffle giveaways with proceeds to also support The Chase Home, complimentary food and refreshments will be available for guests.

Event proceeds will support The Chase Home’s Residential Program, which provides a home for youth who live there and receive24/7 support and clinical/therapeutic services. Examples of items provided toand foryouth in the program include everything from bedding and food to clothes.

“An event like this helps pay for these and critical everyday items,” said The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “We are so appreciative for Reed, Graham and Bill.”

The Groomsmith’s 1-year Anniversary Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 28 Deer St. in Portsmouth from 10 am to 4 pm.

To learn more about The Groomsmith, visit thegroomsmith.us.

To learn more about The Chase Home, or its upcoming 6th Wine & Chocolate Tasting, visit chasehome.org.

 

The Groomsmith to celebrate 1-year anniversary, support The Chase Home

The Atlantic Grill to present The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Mike Labrie (l), Peter Labrie, Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler and Chase Home Board Member Justin Rivlin (r)

On Wednesday, November 13, a full house is expected at The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, presented by The Atlantic Grill in Rye.

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves nearly 300 at-risk youth and families annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs.

Noting this is the second year the event will take place at The Atlantic Grill, The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said the restaurant has “stepped up” this year.

“The owners have long been supporters of our work with at-risk kids, so this year is a big step for us in further developing our partnership,” she said.

The Atlantic Grill is owned by brothers Michael and Peter Labrie, both of whom indicated they believe in giving back to the community.

“The Seacoast community has been such an amazing place to grow up and raise our families in,” said Peter. “Now that we are part of the business community, Mike and I are honored to be able to give back through such amazing charities like The Chase Home.”

Last year, the annual fundraiser netted more than $47,000, an amount Wheeler said was used to support their operation in many ways.

“From food and toiletries for the kids who live here to drug counseling and vocational skills training for youth in the community, this event is a critical fundraising tool for us,” she said.

Taking place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm, The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting will feature food, cocktails, a short program, and a live and silent auction.

“It’s a chance to learn more about our work and get involved,” said Wheeler. “The Atlantic Grill has a beautiful space, too, so it will be a fantastic night.”

The Chase Home Board Member Justin Rivlin, general manager of River House, which is also owned by the Labrie brothers, agreed and said the need for the annual event underscores a stark reality.

“The Chase Home is mandated to help kids in crisis, but underfunded by the state,” he said. “This event is really important for the agency and, especially, our kids.”

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $250.

There are a limited number of tickets offered for this event. Tickets may be securely purchased online at www.chasehome.org.

The Atlantic Grill to present The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting