The Chase Home recently received more than $1,400 from BRGR BAR. The money that was raised during Bartenders After Dark, a bartending competition that helped kick off Portsmouth Cocktail Week in May. Bill MacDonald, an ambassador at The Chase Home, was responsible for connecting BRGR Bar with The Chase Home. “Ben VanCamp of the Chamber Collaborative reached out to me and said that BRGR Bar was interested in doing a fundraiser for The Chase Home,” MacDonald said. “I worked at the Chamber with Ben for five years, so I was grateful he thought to reach out to me.”
Regarding how the money was raised, Carolyn Dagostino, who owns BRGR BAR with husband Jason, cited several ways. “We raised money via a live raffle, beer sales from donated kegs, and 10% of the sales from Monday night, which my husband and I always match personally.”
Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home, expressed her appreciation for the support and the effort behind it. “Bill is wonderful in his ability to connect us with people throughout Portsmouth and the Seacoast,” she said. “I thank him, Carolyn and Jason, and Ben from the Chamber, all of whom have made a difference in the lives of our kids.”
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth provides at-risk youth across the state with prevention, early intervention, residential, and community-based services.