Having operated “under the radar” on the Seacoast for nearly 140 years, The Chase Home for Children has made recent strides to better engage the local community, which resulted in a “wildly successful” fundraiser this week.
“We netted a little over $10,000, which quadruples what we netted last year,” said Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler, who noted this was the third year they held their Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting. “We had double the number of attendees and everyone seemed so invested in our cause—it was an incredible evening and we are so grateful.”
Held on Tuesday at Demeters Steakhouse, the event garnered support from both individuals and corporations alike. A sample of the companies that offered their support include Insurcomm, Bosen & Associates, P.L.L.C., ConvenientMD, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, The Provident Bank, Allen Wayside Furniture, Kane Insurance, Club Boutique, Laney & Lu Cafe, TRE Cleaning and Restoration, Secure Planning, and Wood Brothers Moving and Storage. Other businesses donated in-kind services to support Chase Home.
The highlight of the evening for many attendees was Fund-A-Need, which enables people to offer their respective support to fund a particular need at Chase Home. Noting it was the first time they presented such a charitable opportunity to attendees, Wheeler said the response surprised everybody.
“$6,000 was raised through Fund-A-Need, which is absolutely amazing,” she said. “It was very moving to see so many people want to get involved in this way.”
Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet needs in the community related to children and youth. Providing a home for some and working with others in their own homes, Chase Home provides evidence-based treatment and support to families in crisis.
“I think the reality of what we do has really touched a lot of people’s hearts,” added Wheeler. “We are working as strategically as possible to meet the needs of the community, but we do need help to fill gaps in our budget. Tuesday’s success continues our forward momentum—and we have a wonderful charitable community to thank for its support.”
To learn more about Chase Home, or to offer support, visit www.chasehome.org.