On Wednesday, October 11, nearly 100 people were in attendance Fall Gentlemen’s Night at Tuscan Kitchen. Billed as an “night of elevated style and wellness,” the evening also served to raise more than $800 to benefit Chase Home in Portsmouth. Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home meets the needs of youth and families in crisis.
Robin Pinzone of REP Branding Co., one of the principal organizers of the event, said giving back to the community is particularly important given the challenges faced by today’s youth.
“Chase Home provides a place for youth to grow and change the path that their lives are on,” she said. “The world is a crazy place right now—and if we can just do our part in bringing out the good in our Portsmouth community, we can make a big impact.”
Expressing thanks at the more than $800 that was raised from the evening’s festivities, which included a raffle with nearly a dozen donated items, Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler expressed thanks to “friends, old and new.”
“This kind of event brings together a diverse group of people and businesses—some of know what Chase Home does and others who don’t,” she said. “Building awareness is key to our success, which is why I cannot thank Robin and the others who planned this event.”
In addition to Pinzone, other principal event organizers included J. Hilburn Stylists Bill MacDonald and Graham Shaffer-Rais. Serving as host, Tuscan Kitchen donated to the raffle and provided all of the food at no cost.
All our sponsors were great, but we especially want to thank Tuscan Kitchen for providing us with a beautiful space and delicious food for our guests to enjoy,” added Pinzone. “We are already looking forward to planning the next one in 2018.”
For Chase Home Board Member Mike LaLime, who attended the event, the efforts by Pinzone, MacDonald and Shaffer-Raise reflect a commitment to the community that should not be overlooked.
“There are many community supporters that work with Chase Home and other nonprofits,” he said. “What I loved about this event is that it showcased entrepreneurs and smaller businesses from many industries who care about this community. They are a very important part of ‘the village’ that supports Chase Home.”
To learn more about Chase Home, or its upcoming 4th Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting held at Tuscan Kitchen on Tuesday, November 14, visit www.chasehome.org.